Set in the Black Forest region near the border between France and Germany, Baden-Baden offers a charming blend of cultures with grand Art Nouveau villas, modern boutiques, and chic cafés. The town’s thermal waters and ancient Roman baths are its main attractions, including the famous Friedrichsbad spring and Trinkhalle pump room.
Take a dip or drink from the refreshing thermal springs, explore 2,000-year-old ruins, visit the Belle Epoque spa, lay down some cash at the extravagant Casino Baden Baden, or peruse the Frieder Burda or Faberge museums. Walking tours are a good way to explore the small spa town and often include a stroll along Lichtentaler Allee—a street lined with the city's best sights. Regional day trips typically depart from Frankfurt and often combine a visit to Baden-Baden with stops at Heidelberg and other Black Forest highlights.
Things to Know Before You Go
While age limits for young children vary at Baden-Baden’s thermal baths, some spas have onsite babysitting services.
Most baths and attractions in Baden-Baden are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout much of the town.
How to Get There
In addition to guided tours that depart from Frankfurt, travelers can also opt to arrive independently by train or plane. The train station has connections to Mannheim, Basel, Stuttgart, Paris, Strasbourg, and Paris, while the airport is located just six miles (10 kilometers) from the city center and serves destinations in Germany and around Europe.
When to Get There
Winter, when the Black Forest is snowy, is a great season for spending hours in the thermal baths. If you’d prefer to see the town’s many gardens and stroll along the Oos River, visit in July and August—the region's warmest months.
The Wine Region
Germany’s Rhine Valley and France’s Alsace wine regions aren’t far from Baden-Baden, and many wine tours include stops at all three spots, plus wine tastings at local vineyards.