Baden-Baden or an Amazing Day in Germany
We are a couple that enjoys planing traveling and so on. We moved to Germany from Romania in January and we started to experience with the German style of doing things. After a pain in the ass 3 months of trying to find an apartment, the Battle was won and we did find a nice 3 room apartment. This was happening in May. When my sister found out that she can visit us she bought plane tickets right away. So we started to organize one-day trips around Stuttgart. In this blog post, you will find out more about our first experience in Baden-Baden.
How to get to Baden-Baden
As this blog post is not about my experience with my girlfriend and my sister in Baden Baden and more about this experience in general, I will like to start by saying how to get to Baden-Baden, probably one of the most interesting resorts in Baden-Württemberg.
If you are planning a Vacation in Baden-Württenberg you should probably consider, as a minimum, a one day trip top Baden-Baden Resort. But how to you get to Baden-Baden from major cities?
First of all you, the closest airport is Stuttgart Airport. Other airports are the following: München, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, Zürich, Basel, and Strasbourg.
From these airports, you can rent a car or buy a one-day train ticket for the whole Baden-Wurttenberg region. The train ticket costs around 25 Euros for one person and each additional person pays only 6 euro. For example, a 4 person group would have to pay around 43 Euros. Cheap accommodation you can find on Airbnb or booking.com.
If you rent a car, you can find lots of parking places for as cheap as 1 Euro/ hour or 10 Euros per day. You can also find free parking places, but their location is not so convenient.
Top 3 attractions in Baden-Baden
1. Merkur Bergbahn
We began our trip from Stuttgart to Baden-Baden by driving on the Autobahn. The trip lasted for about 1.5 – 2 hours. Our first impression was that Baden-Baden is like a sea side resort, more like Monaco and Ibiza than a mountain resort. Though it’s true that the first attractions of this resort are the Spas. Still, as we enjoy hiking and outdoor activities in general, we decided to visit Merkur Bergbahn.
A Bergbahn is a mean of transport, similar to a Cabin, which runs on rail tracks and is pulled via a cable. It is worth saying that the views are splendid.
We walked for about 30 minutes from the center of Baden-Baden up the hill to Merkur Bergbahn. You can also get there by car or by bus, but I recommend walking. In this way, you can experience the luxury villas along the street and you can get the vibe of the resort.
Once you are there you can buy tickets (one way or roundtrip) from the ticket automat. You can use coins or bills up to 20 Euros. There were two ticket machines, one of which was not working. There was no indication which one was working and which one didn’t. Please note that we inserted 3 Euros in that machine, “the not working one”, money that was not recovered. After we bought our tickets we enjoyed our 5 minutes trip up the mountain.
The views from the top of the mountain are splendid. There is a tower where you can basically have a 360 degrees panoramic view of the entire region. From up there you can see the river Rhine, which borders France and Germany. There is a small coffee shop and a Restaurant. Some times when the weather is windy you can do paragliding.
Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank
The Baden-Baden Casino is in the center of the old town. The entrance fee is 5 Euros. It’s a fabulous building which was completed in 1821. From what we have seen there it is worth mentioning that once in you have a feeling that you get only in Macau or Monaco.
Lichtentaler Allee is the place where you go when you want to recover and enjoy nature. Along the way, you will find water fountains, bridges and old buildings.
If you are in Baden Wurttenberg you should definitely consider at least one day trip to Baden-Baden. Here you can find attractions for each age group, from spas, walking tours, museums to casinos and many other. The local cuisine is magnificent and for this reason, I will make a special blog post.