You can have a great holiday in Europe in four days. We did it, even though I would of loved to stay longer! We flew into Frankfurt, Germany drove one and half hours south to Baden Baden Germany to make our home base.
Travel to Baden Baden Germany
Simply said, I loved this little city! Baden Baden Germany has a great versatility about it. Set in Germany’s Black Forest, there is a lot to explore just in it’s city center area. But my favorite activity was to walk the parks. They have lovely parks here in Baden Baden. Very clean like how you find a lot of Germany to be. You will find the citizens of Baden Baden to be warm, friendly and sincere. Kevin and I look forward to returning one day, hopefully soon!
Unfortunately we only had two full days in Baden Baden but this is what we were able to enjoy:
If you love parks like me, you will be delighted with Lichtenaler Allee. A beautiful and enchanting park to stroll approximately a mile and half along the Oos River. The Lichtenaler Allee is approximately 350 years old, so it is just filled with mature and gorgeous nature! There is no fee so take your time strolling, sit on a park bench and take in all the beauty of the trees and flowers. Cross the little bridges that surround the city. Walk all the paths. We were here in the beginning of the falls season and it was just gorgeous! I would love to experience the Lichtenaler Allee in spring when the flowers are all in bloom. I am sure it must be just amazing. The Oos River makes music to your ears as you hear the rambling water through Baden Baden. It makes everything feel so peaceful.
Walking, Shopping and Eating in Old Town
A great city to walk and enjoy! If shopping is your thing (like me) there are plenty! Designer stores: Hermès, Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, Prada, Gucci, Bottega Veneta and more. Cafe’s to enjoy a cup of coffee or a tea with a delicious pastry. There are a variety of Restaurants, you will not only find delectable German food, but Italian, Chinese, Mediterranean, Japanese, French and wonderful seafood! It is safe to say you will not go hungry in Baden Baden. Did I mention chocolate? There are these decorated chocolate balls that are to absolutely die for called Edelkastanie “Noble Chestnut” . Kevin and I dodged in (okay I pulled him in) to a shop and bought several packages of Edelkastanie to bring home to family. I may or may not have handed them all out, I plead the fifth.
Anyways, fountains are located in several areas of the city. Horse carriage rides and the little train rides are running all day for you to take a trip around this amazing city. Also noted was Baden Baden Germany is very dog friendly. Residents and tourist have their little and big pups everywhere they go, we did not see one misbehave! Kevin and I keep talking about bringing our Dolce Vita with us to Europe one holiday, this would of been a perfect trip to do try it. Unfortunately, our other dog Reddington hates planes.
Kevin and I try to visit at least one museum on each holiday, I am very thankful he too loves art and that we like to visit all different types of exhibits.
The Faberge Museum
This museum (read more) holds some of the most stunning Russian jewelry, dining accessories, and of course the famous Rothchild Faberge Egg. Before you begin exploring you must put all personal items into a provided locker. The entrance fee was 18 euros, a little pricey, but this however is a private collection. There are several rooms to enter to view the magnificent exhibits. I have to say, it was disappointing that there was virtually no English information posted. However, there was a women present who could answer any questions you may have. Downstairs there is a gift shop that offers for sale Faberge eggs and other items. Sorry no photography allowed.
Museum Frieda Burda
A contemporary museum located a short walk from our hotel The Brenners Park and Spa. This museum is the work of the famous New York City architect Richard Meier. We were very fortunate to be able to see the art work of Rodney Graham and fun light boxes. His work is very interesting, straight forward and filled with humor. Their is so much in his work to observe, just when you think you saw it all another object catches your eye. The Frieda Burda museum is architecturally designed to be very modern and full of light to enjoy the wonderful art work.
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Yes Baden Baden has a casino and it is stunning from the outside as well as the inside! If you like to gamble or just feel like trying your hand at lady luck, pop in to the most beautiful casino in the world according to Marlene Dietrich! And I have to agree. It is magnificent inside, the interior is one you have to see for yourself. Almost two centuries old, there is a lot of history behind these doors.
2 days are over way too soon
All in all, we had a lovely stay in the Brenners Hotel Park & Spa (read review here) which included notable spa time. In fact, Baden Baden is known world wide for their Roman Baths and The Caracalla Baths, unfortunately we did not have time to enjoy them. Also, due to the weather being rainy we were not able to go to the Hohenbaden Castle which has wonderful views of the Baden Baden Germany area. There is more for us to explore including additional museums, unexplored areas of the Lichtenaler Allee, Opera house, Theater and well… just so much more. Therefore, this is just the perfect reason to return! Just maybe Dolce Vita will join us.
More photos of this trip will be found here