Badenweiler Roman Baths

Badenweiler, Germany

The Badenweiler Roman bath ruins (Römische Badruine Badenweiler) are among the most significant Roman remains in Baden-Württemberg. To this day, the complex remains the best pre-served Roman spa north of the Alps.

When the Romans conquered this region in what is now southwestern Germany, they brought with them their established custom of bathing. Many of the thermal springs that had been used by the Celts became Roman spas. The bath in Badenweiler was constructed in several phases. In the second half of the first century AD, 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 Roman bath ruins have retained their symmetrical structure. The pools for warm and cold water still have their original surfaces. And large parts of the relaxation room and sauna area, which were lined with sandy limestone, also remain. The remains of the hypocaust heating system – a forerunner of today’s underfloor heating provide a further point of interest.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, the distinctive bathing tradition also began to wane. The Badenweiler complex had long been forgotten – until it was rediscovered and excavated by Margrave Carl Friedrich von Baden in 1784. In the late 19 th century, the ancient spa received a more contemporary counterpart: marble Neoclassicalstyle baths that were extensively extended during the subsequent decades. The natural springs, with temperatures up to 26.4 °C, were enjoyed in Roman times and form the basis for Badenweiler’s status as a spa town today. Since 2001, a spectacular, multiple award-winning glass roof, designed by Stuttgart engineers Schlaich, Bergermann und Partner, has protected the historical site.

The permanent exhibition at the bath ruins offers an insightful look at the Roman culture of bathing and provides fascinating facts about the entire complex.

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Founded: 0-100 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Germany
Historical period: Germanic Tribes (Germany)

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aa 5177 (14 months ago)
A very good experience, friendly people, clean quiet .
Uliana Dolyniak (14 months ago)
Very nice place with good prices. The best pools are outdoor, with a beautiful view into old garden. Big choice. Located near romanian ruines, worth to go for a walk before or after the bath.
Maya Shlomo (16 months ago)
Wow, an amazing place, there is an indoor pool, the walls are transparent, like a kind of igloo, outside the windows you can see trees, a stunning view, there are also pools outside the indoor complex, the place outside is also really perfect, there are seats, lockers that you can open with the help of bracelets they give you, you can't take the bracelet off That you accept and will have to stay with them, it does not interfere at all. Besides that, the place is really beautiful and I liked it very much. It is forbidden to take pictures in the place.
VLAD Chaddad (19 months ago)
One good thing about this place is that it is pretty the opposite of mainstream. Very quite Spa with lovely staff with super correct prices for the spa, services and kitchen. The recommendation is to really go for a day! If not take minimum 4 hours for the whole experience. Don't forget the saunas that are on the second floor.
Nevena Slović (22 months ago)
Absolutely loved my time here. The choice of pools/baths/jacuzzis is quite enough and there wasn't too big of a crowd. Good and relatively secure system in the changing rooms and showers. Can get a bit too cold when transferring between spaces.
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