Baden-Baden Spa Town

Baden-Baden, Germany

Baden-Baden is a spa town in the state of Baden-Württemberg. In 2021, the town became part of the transnational UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name 'Great Spa Towns of Europe'.

The springs at Baden-Baden were known to the Romans as Aquae ('The Waters') and Aurelia Aquensis ('Aurelia-of-the-Waters'). The known ruins of the Roman bath were rediscovered just below the New Castle in 1847 and date to the reign of Caracalla (AD 210s).

The town began its recovery in the late 18th century, serving as a refuge for émigrés from the French Revolution. The town was frequented during the Second Congress of Rastatt in 1797–99 and became popular after the visit of the Prussian queen in the early 19th century. She came for medicinal reasons, as the waters were recommended for gout, rheumatism, paralysis, neuralgia, skin disorders, and stones. The Ducal government subsequently subsidized the resort's development. The town became a meeting place for celebrities, who visited the hot springs and the town's other amenities: luxury hotels, the Spielbank Casino, horse races, and the gardens of the Lichtentaler Allee. The pumproom (Trinkhalle) was completed in 1842. Reaching its zenith under Napoleon III in the 1850-1860s, Baden became 'Europe's summer capital'. With a population of around 10 000, the town's size could quadruple during the tourist season, with the French, British, Russians, and Americans all well represented.

Today he city offers many options for sports enthusiasts.



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R (11 months ago)
One of the best bath houses I have ever been to. Be prepared for nudity… I didn’t speak much German at the time and was intimidated when someone kept telling me to take my clothes off to enter. It’s not that bad once you get used to it and see everyone stares but nobody cares lol. Some days men and women have different areas, but the day I went was one of those days when they combine everyone. Safe locker area to store your belongings in, as you will have nothing but a towel and your locker key with you when you enter. Easy to find and access. Fairly priced. Certainly a good place to come and melt the stress away. Hope they open again soon once all this corona nightmare is finally over.
Joanne Sender (16 months ago)
I love this spa
Callum Johnston (2 years ago)
Wonderful experience, I would definitely recommend it. Something pretty unique if you haven't been to this kind of wellness spa before
George Macdougall (3 years ago)
A visit to Friedrichsbad is a treat for your body and soul. When you are done you will feel rejuvenated inside and out. The progression from dry sauna to damp sauna that are progressively hotter made me feel like the toxins were sweating themselves out. A delicious soapy body scrub and massage made my skin tingle and feel so clean. Off to the pools to gently cool down and then a nice relaxing rest in the quiet room, wrapped in a warm blanket. You will feel on top of the world when you walk out of Friedrichsbad. And all the time you are enjoying the experience you are in a historical and beautiful building with high ceilings, art work and beautiful architecture.
Helei Wang (3 years ago)
Better to bring your own shampoo and hair comb if you have long hair. They provide body lotion and hair dryer but no comb. Very interesting experience of how people did spa 150 years ago. The architecture is beautiful and single gender day is not crowded. More on relax and meditation side than fun/hot sauna.
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