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After a lazy morning and getting our bearings of our base location at Bad Krozingen we headed out to the spa town of Badenweiler. According to our guide book it was described as “A tiny, southern version of Baden-Baden” It certainly was a correct description.

We started our exploration of the town by walking the spa gardens and walking up to the obligatory ruined castle (Badenweiler Castle). Our walk up to the castle which dates from the early 12th century as usual offered sweeping views over the town, the Rhine Valley and the Black Forest.

From the castle we then made our way back through the gardens to the extensive Roman bath ruins. When the Romans conquered this region they brought with them their established custom of bathing. The thermal springs used by the Celts became Roman spas. As we explored the ruins we discovered that the baths had been constructed in several phases. Firstly a small building housing two pools was erected. This was later followed by a reception area, changing facilities, the Roman equivalent of a sauna with two cold pools and stone terraces. The size and extent of the pools were amazing to see and watching a short video gave a good understanding of their bathing process.

Leaving the Roman ruins we walked by the 19th century neoclassical spa baths with its modern day extensions and Daisy decided she needed a quick “take of the waters “at the drinking fountain outside the building.

From Badenweiler we headed up the Hochblauen which looms 1,165m above the town to get stunning views of the surrounding area despite the heat haze.



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