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For the racehorse, see Baden-Baden (horse).
View of Baden-Baden from Mount Merkur.
View of Baden-Baden from Mount Merkur.
Coat of arms of Baden-Baden
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Baden-Baden   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 48°45′46″N 08°14′27″E / 48.76278°N 8.24083°E / 48.76278; 8.24083Coordinates: 48°45′46″N 08°14′27″E / 48.76278°N 8.24083°E / 48.76278; 8.24083
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Karlsruhe
District Urban district
 • Mayor Margret Mergen (CDU)
 • Total 140.18 km2 (54.12 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 53,012
 • Density 380/km2 (980/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 76530–76534
Dialling codes 07221, 07223
Vehicle registration BAD

Baden-Baden is a spa town in the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany. It is in the foothills of the Black Forest, on the banks of the Oos River close to France and Switzerland.


The German word Baden translates as "bathing, to bathe or baths". The springs of Baden-Baden were known as Aquae to the Romans under Roman emperor Hadrian. The bath-conscious Caracalla once came here to ease his arthritic aches.[2] Baden was also known as Aurelia Aquensis, in honour of Aurelius Severus, during whose reign Baden would seem to have been well known. Fragments of its ancient sculptures are still to be seen and in 1847, the well-preserved remains of Roman vapour baths were discovered just below the New Castle.[3]

The town was named Baden (without the repetition) in the Middle Ages. The town fell into ruin but reappeared in 1112 as the seat (until 1705) of the Margraviate of Baden.[4] From the 14th century to the end of the 17th, Baden-Baden was the residence of the margraves of Baden, to whom Baden-Baden gave its name. The margraves first dwelt in the old castle, the ruins of which still occupy the summit above the town, but, in 1479, they moved to the new castle, which is situated on the hillside nearer to the town. During the Thirty Years' War and the Nine Years' War, Baden-Baden suffered severely from the various combatants, especially from the French, who pillaged it in 1643 and left it in ashes in 1689. The margrave Louis William, popularly known as Türkenlouis, moved to Rastatt in 1706.[3]

During the Second Congress of Rastatt (1797–1799), Baden-Baden was rediscovered as a spa town. The popularity of the city as a spa dates from the early 19th century, when the Prussian queen visited the site to improve her health.[4] During the 19th century, the town rose to become a meeting place for celebrities, who were attracted by the hot springs as well as by the famous Baden-Baden Casino, the luxury hotels, the horse races, and the gardens of the Lichtentaler Allee. Clients included Queen Victoria, Wilhelm I, Napoleon III, Berlioz, Brahms, Turgenev, and Dostoyevsky.[2] Baden-Baden is a setting in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (though the city is given a different name),[2] as well as for Turgenev's novel Smoke. Baden-Baden at that time nicknamed the European summer capital and reached its zenith under Napoleon III during the 1850s and 1860s.[4] The Russian writer, Dostoevsky, wrote The Gambler while compulsively gambling at the Baden-Baden Casino.[5] Johannes Brahms' local residence, the Brahmshaus, can still be visited today.

In 1931, the town of Baden-Baden was officially given its double name, which is the short form for "Baden in Baden" (i.e., Baden in the state of Baden). This was already in common use to distinguish the town from Baden bei Wien ("Baden near Vienna") and Baden, Switzerland. In both World Wars, the town escaped destruction. After World War II, Baden-Baden became the headquarters of the French occupation forces in Germany.

Under the supervision of the French Air Force, a military airfield was constructed at Söllingen between the Black Forest and the Rhine River, 15 kilometres (9 miles) west of Baden-Baden; the runway and associated facilities were completed in June 1952. In 1953, units of the Royal Canadian Air Force were accommodated at the base, later known as CFB Baden-Soellingen. In the 1990s, the base was converted into a civil airport, the Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport (as part of Baden Airpark), which is now the second-largest airport in Baden-Württemberg by number of passengers.[6]


  • Kurhaus — The Kurgarten (spa garden) at the Kurhaus annually hosts Baden-Baden Summer Nights, an outdoor event featuring live classical music concerts.[7]
  • Fabergé Museum
  • Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund - exhibitions of Frida Kahlo, her work and live ”Viva la Vida“, ”Fridas Photos“ - and temporary exhibitions on arts
  • The Casino
  • Friedrichsbad
  • Caracalla Spa
  • Lichtentaler Allee
  • Sammlung Frieder Burda — One of Germany's most extensive collections of modern art[8]
  • Museum der Kunst und Technik des 19. Jahrhunderts — the museum combines temporary exhibitions on arts and technics of the ”long“ 19th century, situated in Lichtentaler Allee 8
  • Old Castle Hohenbaden, built in 1102, a ruin since the 15th century
  • New Castle (Neues Schloss), 15th century, former residence of the margraves of Baden and later of the grand dukes of Baden and now housing the historical museum[4]
  • The famous Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the second largest festival hall in Europe
  • Ruins of Roman baths, ca. 2000 years old, excavated in 1847
  • Stiftskirche, a church including the tombs of fourteen margraves of Baden
  • "The Paradise" (Paradies), an Italian style Renaissance garden with lots of trick fountains
  • Mount Merkur with Merkurbergbahn funicular railway and observation tower
  • Fremersberg Tower
  • Sturdza Chapel on the Michaelsberg, a Romanian chapel with a gilded dome which was erected over the tomb of prince Michel Sturdza's son[citation needed]


Baden-Baden is a German spa town.[9] The city offers many options for sports enthusiasts;[2] Golf and tennis are both popular in the area.[2] Horse races take place each May, August and October at nearby Iffezheim.[2] The countryside is ideal for hiking and mountain climbing.[2] In the winter Baden-Baden is a skiing destination.[2]

The springs of Baden-Baden have been known for more than 2,000 years, and their composition[vague] resembles that of the Roman baths of the 3rd century.[10] The water at the baths of "Caracalla-Therme" spa is rich in sodium chloride, and comes from artesian wells 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) under the Florentiner Mountain.[11]

The Spielbank casino is more than 200 years old and the oldest of its type[vague] in Germany.[12] Dostoyevsky is said[who?] to have written The Gambler after he lost his money and even his shirt here.[12] The rooms were designed in the style of a French château.[12]

The Russian writer Ivan Turgenev based his novel Smoke (1867) in Baden-Baden, describing it as a place where the Russian nobility spend time.[citation needed]

There is an 18-hole golf course in Fremersberg.[13]

Much of the Joseph Losey movie The Romantic Englishwoman (1975) was filmed on location in the town, with the Brenner's Park Hotel featuring particularly prominently. The Bollywood movie Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) was the first Indian movie to be shot in Baden-Baden.[citation needed]

From 23 to 28 September 1981, the XIth Olympic Congress took place in the Kurhaus in Baden-Baden. The England football team were based near Baden-Baden at Hotel Bühlerhöhe (Schwarzwaldhochstraße) during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[14]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Baden-Baden is twinned with:


Climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate precipitation year round. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfb" (Marine West Coast Climate/Oceanic climate).[15]

Climate data for Baden-Baden
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 4
Average low °C (°F) −1
Average precipitation days 22 18 20 19 21 21 17 16 15 18 18 21 226
Source: Weatherbase [16]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31. Dezember 2013 (Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011)". Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Introduction to Baden-Baden". Frommer's. Archived from the original on 15 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  3. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Baden". Encyclopædia Britannica 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Baden-Baden". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  5. ^ "The Russians are coming (back)". CNN Traveller. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  6. ^ "ADV Monthly Traffic Report 12/2011" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  7. ^ "Baden-Baden Summer Nights". Frommer's. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  8. ^ "Sammlung Frieder Burda". Frommer's. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  9. ^ Bogue, David. Belgium and the Rhine. Oxford University. p. 102. 
  10. ^ "Trinkhalle (Pump Room)". Frommer's. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  11. ^ "Caracalla-Therme". Frommer's. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  12. ^ a b c "Spielbank". Frommer's. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  13. ^ "Active pursuits". Frommer's. Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  14. ^ Hyde, Marina (2006-07-03). "Guardian report". The Guardian (London). 
  15. ^ Climate Summary for Baden Baden
  16. ^ "". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on July 6, 2013.

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