I will write about our experiences in Baden-Baden soon, but for some general information, here are some exerts from the Lonely Planet – Germany chapter on Baden-Wurttemburg:
Green, rolling and almost soothingly beautiful, the Northern Black Forest scythes through western Baden-Württemberg, from the bubbling thermal baths of Roman-rooted Baden-Baden in the north to the Swiss border in the south. Laced with zigzagging roads that make for memorable driving and cycling, this is a back-to-nature region of mossy fir and beech woodlands, cherry orchards and story-book villages, and tight valleys where only tinkling cowbells interrupt the overwhelming sense of calm.
‘So nice that you have to name it twice’, gushed Bill Clinton. Indeed there’s no denying Baden-Baden’s allure to royals, the rich and celebrities – Obama and Bismarck, Queen Victoria and Victoria Beckham included.
Yet nice hardly does bon vivant Baden-Baden justice; it’s without doubt one of Baden-Württemberg’s most refined cities, lined with chichi boutiques, smart pavement cafes, and manicured gardens where fountains dance and locals walk coiffed poodles. Locked in an embrace between the Black Forest and France, this grand dame of German spas stills turn heads with her graceful belle époque villas, fortunes in her sumptuous casino, and the moods in her temple-like thermal baths that put the Baden (bathe) in Baden.
In the leafy park just north sits the Trinkhalle (Pump Room), where you can wander a 90m-long portico embellished with 19th-century frescoes of local legends. Baden-Baden’s elixir of youth, some say, is the free curative mineral water that gushes from a faucet linked to the springs below. Bring your own bottle to fill with super water.
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