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Baden-Baden is one of Europe’s most beautiful and elegant spa towns, with its extraordinary cultural landscape and plethora of hotels. A playground for the wealthy international crowd, it is one of the European continent’s most visited resorts. Guests to Baden-Baden come to relax surrounded by beauty, belle epoque architecture, and stylish shops. Its history stretches as far back as antiquity and it makes the perfect getaway for holidays and weekends to beautiful Southwest Germany and the Black Forest. Here are the most elegant sites you’ll want to visit during your stay.

Kurhaus of Baden-Baden

Built almost two centuries ago, opulence prevails here and, as you enter through its grandiose portico, you’ll be greeted by the timeless elegance of the belle époque aesthetic. It has a magnificent presence, apt for its main attraction: the most expensive casino in the world.

Casino Baden-Baden. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Casino Baden-Baden. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Casino Baden-Baden is set against the most extraordinary of backdrops and those wishing to play games of fortune will find no place on earth could compare. Almost 200 years ago it opened as a spa in Baden, a small German town that did not show on local maps. Now, although the most luxurious and extravagant casinos are usually associated with Las Vegas, the Kurhaus of Baden-Baden is as synonymous with high-class gambling as the Westminster Abbey is with London and the Taj Mahal with India.

First timers may find it intimidating to put their money down in such a grand and luxurious institution, so we recommend getting clued up before your trip. Take the time to explore the myriad bonuses and welcome offers available online and the possibility of instant play on all devices from home, or from your hotel room once you arrive. Having dived into all LeoVegas has to offer and played with the self-proclaimed “King of Mobile” ahead of time, you’ll feel right at home when you step into the Kurhaus’ grandiose halls.

Brenners Park Hotel and Spa. Photo courtesy of Oetker Collection Hotels

Brenners Park Hotel and Spa. Photo courtesy of Oetker Collection Hotels

​​​​​Brenners Park-Hotel and Spa

Fed by 12 springs, the thermal water comes into Baden-Baden at 155 degrees Fahrenheit every single day and so it would be remiss to miss out on a day in the spa. Go traditional by bathing in the warm spring waters of the nudist bath, Friedrichsbad, or further delve into luxury at Brenners, the superior five-star grande dame of the town, only a short walk from the casino.

Culture

It must not be forgotten that Baden-Baden is a European cultural center and the second largest opera house in Europe is situated there. The program is available to download online and you should book in advance to ensure you the chance to witness the best in performing arts within some of Europe’s most magnificent architecture.

Incomparable museums are also to be found in the historic town. The Fabergé Museum devotes itself to Carl Fabergé’s life’s work, featuring the last Imperial Easter Egg and exquisite jewelry. Alternatively, visit the Museum Frieder Burda, designed by architect Richard Meier and housing the modern art of Frieder Burda, master Picasso, Clyfford Still, de Kooning and Gottlieb.

Baden-Baden is a city that fascinates with its many faces. It’s a wellness oasis in the winter and the picture of the Black Forest in all its glory in summer. Steeped in rich cultural history, it offers far more than relaxation and rest and, hopefully, with these pointers you’ll maximize your stay there.