Baden-Baden is the ideal base to explore the Black Forest's enchanting scenery, from valleys, lakes, and waterfalls to charming towns, such as Freiburg and Baiersbronn. This is the perfect area to hike and get active or simply enjoy meandering through the countryside by car.
Baden-Baden's Festival Hall, the Festspielhaus, is Germany's largest music and performance venue, housed in a converted railway station that stages ballet, symphony, and opera from renowned German and international artists. One of the highlights of the season is the annual Easter Festival when the Berlin Philharmonic takes center stage.
The steeply planted vines on the edge of the Black Forest grow Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pino Blanc, and Riesling grapes. The wines of southwest Germany have reached international acclaim in the last decade. The best vineyards are between Baden-Baden and Basel.
The striking modernist Frieder Burda museum showcases modern and contemporary art of the 20th century in their permanent collection, including Picasso and Gerhard Richter. The museum also hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions, including their most recent crowd-pulling exhibit: the 'shredded' Banksy.
Baden-Baden has been a famous spa town for centuries. Between May and October, the original Roman baths dating back to the reign of Caracalla (3rd century AD) are open for viewing. You can still enjoy the warm thermal waters at the 43,000-square-foot Caracalla Spa.
Baden-Baden is a green oasis for lovers of parks and gardens. Probably the most extraordinary of these is the Rosengarten auf dem Beutig, or Rose Garden. Visit in June to see the best blooms.
Germany is the original home of Christmas Markets, and the Baden-Baden market starts on November 29 and continues until January 6. Surrounded by the mountains and the forests, this winter wonderland is certain to inspire a festive mood.
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