A Wellness Travel Guide to Baden-Baden, Germany 

Travelista’s Editor Jessica Gibson revisits the delights of Baden-Baden, a German spa town in the scenic foothills of the Black Forest.

I had the pleasure of visiting Baden-Baden with my best friend as part of a Black Forest road trip from Freiburg to Feldburg. We spent one night at the legendary Brenner’s Park Hotel & Spa, a five star luxury hotel known for its word-renowned wellness programmes. Baden-Baden is home to various UNESCO World Heritage Sites and was selected as one of the “Great Spa Towns of Europe”, making it the perfect place to come for a luxury European spa break. But beyond the wellness offerings, there’s also so much to this picturesque German town than meets the eye. This is Travelista’s Wellness Travel Guide to Baden-Baden.

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A Wellness Travel Guide to Baden-Baden, Germany 

Baden-Baden at a Glance 

Baden-Baden is a picturesque spa-town located in South West Germany, on the edge of the world-famous Black Forest and near the French border. With an abundance of wellness and spa offerings alongside natural beauty, healing waters, stunning architecture and true German sophistication, Baden-Baden would be an ideal choice for the a luxury European break. It has a rich spa-town history, impressive shopping and is also home to, what is said to be, the most beautiful Casino in the world.

Top 10 Things To Do in Baden-Baden

1. Trinkhalle (Pump House) 

Start your therapeutic exploration of Baden-Baden’s spa history at Trinkhalle, which translates to English as The Pump House. This 90 meter structure is an architectural marvel filled with 14 mural paintings by Jakob Götzenberger. Constructed between 1939 and 1842. 

2. Visit the Famous Friedrichsbad Thermal Bath 

Discover Baden-Baden’s traditional thermal bath, where you can experience a 145-year old bathing process. Friedrichsbad was considered the most modern bathhouse in Europe when it opened back in 1877 and it remains frozen in time to this day. From 78 Euros for two people, you can experience all its facilities including thermal showers, warm and hot air baths, a soap and brush massage (surcharge of 19 euros), thermal baths, steam baths and cold water baths. 

It’s also important to know that the Friedrichsbad is traditionally a ‘textile-free’ and mixed gender experience, meaning no swimwear.

3. Stroll through Lichtentaler Allee

Lictentaler Allee is a world famous park and arboretum in Baden-Baden with an abundance of flowers, bridges, trees and manicured lawns that spans 2.3 kilometres across the west bank of the River Oos. The park is beautiful at any time of year but a visit in Spring or early Summer is when you’ll see the most vivid colours.

4. See A Performance at the Festpsielhaus

A night at the Festspielhaus promises an iconic night of entertainment. As the largest opera and concert house in Germany, it attracts huge international acts and a high brow programme of events. Take a look to see what’s on when you’ll be visiting Baden-Baden. The building was originally built in 1904 as the Baden-Baden central railway station.

5. Take a Day Trip to Freiburg by Train

The pretty German town of Freiburg is located approximately 100 kilometres from Baden-Baden (approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes by road or 42 minutes by train), making it an ideal day trip destination. You can travel from Baden-Baden to Freiburg on a direct train with an impressive 56 trains per day travelling between the two cities. At the time of publishing, a single ticket costs a very reasonable £7.94

Having visited Freiburg myself, I can confirm it’s a very picturesque and town with cobbled streets, market squares, boutique shops, great restaurants and a brilliant rooftop bar; Skajo. It’s small enough to explore all day on foot, meaning you only need a car for a roundtrip from Baden-Baden. Read our guide to things to see and do on a day trip to Freiburg

Original photos from our trip to Freiburg.

6. Go Shopping in the Luxury Boutiques of Sophienstraße

Baden-Baden attracts an exclusive crowd which is clear to see from it’s collection of luxury boutiques.“Sophienstraße” is Baden-Baden’s most exclusive shopping boulevard, but you’ll also find plenty of modern shopping and boutiques in the “Lange Straße” which is in Baden-Baden’s pedestrian only zone. Explore the whole town and you’ll find a unique combination of international designer brands, fine jewellery, unique antiques, wine shops, galleries, cafes and chocolateries.

7. Go Hiking in the Black Forest

There are plenty of Black Forest hiking trails from Baden-Baden which range from 3km to 15km depending on your available time and ability. We recommend checking this collection of Baden-Baden hikes from the town’s official visitor website. 

8. Book a Spa Treatment or a Wellness Programme at Villa Stephanie Spa

The Oetker Collection is a luxury hotel group with a portfolio of some of the world’s most luxurious hotels including The Lanesborough in London, Le Bristol in Paris and Eden Roc in St Barts. Also in the group is Brenner’s Park Hotel & Spa, which has one of the most renowned day spas in Baden-Baden, Villa Stephanie, which is best known for its elite health and wellbeing programmes, as well as it’s A-List celebrity guests. Set in an entire house spanning 5,000 square meters, the spa stretches over five floors and has an 500 square meter sauna, indoor poo, plunge pool, private gym, ladies sauna and idyllic treatment rooms.

9. Check Out the Most Beautiful Casino In The World 

The Casino Baden-Baden was described by German-American Actress Marlene Dietrich as the “The most beautiful casino in the world” and is a must-visit attraction in Baden-Baden. Housed in a magnificent Belle Époque building, the casino exudes old-world glamour and sophistication, offering a range of gaming options, elegant dining venues, and live entertainment. Before selecting your game of choice, try researching the odds of winning at a casino .

10. Enjoy Fine Dining and Michelin Star Restaurants 

According to the Michelin Guide, Baden Baden is home to two Michelin star restaurants; Le Jardin de France im Stahlbad and Maltes Hidden Kitchen. Beyond this there is a fantastic selection of fine dining restaurants to create really memorable experiences as part of your Baden-Baden holiday. Fresh and locally sourced ingredients reign supreme so you won’t have to search far for a farm to fork experience in Baden-Baden.

A Wellness Travel Guide to Baden-Baden, Germany 

Where to stay in Baden-Baden

We’ve rounded up our top picks for the best hotels in Baden-Baden, including our chosen base of Brenner’s Park Hotel & Spa. Click each subheading to browse the best rates for your travel dates.

1. Brenner’s Park Hotel & Spa – 5 Star

Part of the Oetker Collection, Brenner’s Park is a legendary luxury hotel offering exquisite accommodation, gourmet dining and an indulgent spa experience. Our Editor spent 1 night at Brenner’s Park during her time in Baden-Baden which is why it’s our number 1 recommendation for a luxury hotel in Baden-Baden.

The Oetker Collection is a luxury hotel group with a portfolio of some of the world’s most luxurious hotels including The Lanesborough in London, Le Bristol in Paris and Eden Roc in St Barts.

2. Hotel Belle Epoque – 5 Star

Situated in the heart of the town and built in 1874, this boutique hotel exudes old-world charm and elegance

3. Roomers Baden-Baden, Autograph Collection – 5 star

A great option if you’re looking for a stylish and contemporary hotel offering modern amenities, chic design, and a vibrant nightlife scene.

4. Hotel Der Kleine Prinz – 4 Star

Inspired by the literary classic “The Little Prince,” this charming hotel offers whimsical decor, personalised service and a cozy atmosphere.

5. Hotel am Sophienpark – 4 Star

Set in a historic villa overlooking the Lichtentaler Allee, this elegant hotel combines classic touches with modern comfort, providing a tranquil base in the heart of Baden-Baden.

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Getting There

By Air

The closest international airport to Baden-Baden is Baden Airpark (FKB), located approximately 14 km west of the town centre. From the airport, you can take a taxi or shuttle service to reach Baden-Baden.

By Car

Baden-Baden is accessible by car via the A5 Autobahn and is a great stop as part of a wider Black Forest road trip. The town is approximately 40 km from Strasbourg, 100 km from Stuttgart, and 150 km from Frankfurt. Parking is available in various parking garages and in the town centre.

By Train

Baden-Baden is well-connected to major cities in Germany and neighbouring countries via the Deutsche Bahn railway network. The town’s train station, Baden-Baden Hauptbahnhof, is located in the city centre and offers regular connections to destinations such as Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Strasbourg.

Read More: 7 Epic and Unusual Things to do in the Black Forest.

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Jessica Ruth Gibson is the Founder and Editor of Travelista and an award-winning travel content creator of 10 years. She lives in York, UK with her son and has travelled to over 50 countries; her favourites being Italy, Canada and Vietnam.

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