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48 Hours in… Baden Baden

Weekend breaks are all the rage, and after using the majority of my holiday for a three-week trip to California, I needed to eek my holiday allowance out in a really creative way this year. But I have caught the travelling bug somewhere along the line, and the need to soak up some culture, not to mention sample some delicious foods is great, so I decided to embrace the city break and take a trip for weekend. But where should I go?

I didn’t have a clue, so I left it in the hands of the Flight Checker, and researched where I could go for less than fifty quid. The results were Germany, Spain or Ireland. So I went with Germany.

Baden-Baden, to be exact.

I knew nothing about the town, only that the footballers had stayed there in the last Euro cup. Which is never a reason to visit a city, but it sounded the prettiest and as I floated the idea to friends, people said how pretty it was. A friend had been to university in nearby Strasbourg, and I decided to book the flights and go. What was the worst that could happen?

And it was stunning. I went in January, when the snow was falling and there was a chill in the air, and spent my forty-eight hours ambling around the little pedestrianised streets. It turns out that is a spa town too (like Bath in the UK) so I obviously had to go and check out the relaxation area and see what all the fuss was about.

I visited the Trinkhalle (where the mineral spring is housed), the Friesrichsbad (baths) and the Kurhaus (casino) and soaked up some of the beautiful architecture on the way. I wandered the paths along the river and climbed the steps to the little church and when I tired I sat in a little bakery and sampled some of the finest black forest gateaux available to me, while sipping earl grey. I felt almost regal, and when I was full I meandered back to my hotel, stopping only for a cocktail in one of the many bars along the streets.

The next day I got up and made my way to the baths. I had been told there were two options, the old and new, and chose the new on the basis that I didn’t have to go through all the steps of being sanded down, washed, dunked and flayed by someone else, in a certain order. The new baths gave me a chance to partake in the bits I wanted to, so I swam in the outdoor pool, surrounded by snow, and wrinkled in the Jacuzzi for what seemed like hours. Hungry, I made a trip to a nearby restaurant and dined on local cuisine like duck and red cabbage. Delicious!

There is a lot to be said for the weekend break, and I only had to take half a day off work to make it to stansted airport in time for the flight. Admittedly I was a bit tired on Monday as our flight got in late, but it was completely worth it for a great trip that would blow away the winter blues and make me feel like I had stepped into somewhere magical.


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19 responses »

  1. My husband and I absolutely love Baden Baden. The last time we were there was at Christmas and it was just lovely. I know you had a good time.

  2. Baden Baden looks amazing – I would so love to go there. Thanks for posting that piece 🙂

  3. Thanks for your comment – I never get comments from other wordpressers! This is super interesting to me because I’ll actually be studying in Strasbourg in January. Maybe I’ll swing by Baden Baden one weekend – do you think it’d still be good on a student budget?

  4. That looks fabulous! I’ll be sure to add it to my ‘must visit’ list.

  5. Sounds an interesting place with an equally interesting name. Now that I go through your post, I recall having read about this town earlier. Did you spend a lot of time here?

  6. First of what a great name Sandbetweentoes, there’s nothing better! Great pictures.

  7. great post and i love the photos!

  8. I found out about a year ago that one of my relatives from a few generations ago came from Baden Baden. I’d never looked into it though, but this post reminded me of that and I got to learn a little about the city!

  9. Quite a trip for just a weekend. You should also visit some other parts of Germany. Maybe next Friday…

  10. laura, some really nice photos on your site, but I particularly enjoyed this posting. Keep up the traveling and the photography!

  11. My mom’s family is from just outside Baden. Love the area. Love the beer. Love Deutschland. Excellent holiday weekend.

  12. I used Baden Baden as my base to explore that area of Germany a few years ago. Stayed at Brenner’s and it was fabulous. Can’t imagine a better way to end a day than with a glass of champagne on the balcony there. Absolutely perfect.

  13. I love the photos! I have to admit I’m a bit jealous of anyone who can just hop on a plane and visit some of the coolest places on earth, but it makes for a great blog too. 🙂


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