Can you picture it? It’s the height of the Belle Epoque in Baden-Baden, when Germany’s fashionable spa town is the summer capital of Europe.
Queen Victoria is strolling along the leafy Lichtentaler Allee garden and avenue.
The Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky is feverishly writing his book, The Gambler – when not gambling at the Baden-Baden casino (which Marlene Dietrich later called, “the most beautiful casino in the world”).
Johannes Brahms is dreaming up a new symphony in his rented summer house (and courting his lover Clara Schumann).
Baden-Baden is just as beautiful today. If you have a taste for luxury, classical music and elegant spas (like the opulent Friedrichsbad, where, oh my, we had to bathe nude co-ed style), put Baden-Baden on your travel wishlist.
Here are some of our photos of Baden-Baden
If you go to Baden-Baden
- We stayed at the lovely boutique Hotel Belle Epoque, a neo-renaissance villa (and one of our five favorite charming European hotels).
- For more travel information, see the website for Baden-Baden Kur & Tourismus GmbH – that’s the official tourist office. (Lead double photos at the top of this post courtesy of Baden-Baden Kur & Tourismus GmbH.)