Baden-Baden, meaning the Baths in Baden, is
a spa town built on thermal springs at the edge of the Black Forest in Baden-Württemberg,
south west Germany. The springs of Baden-Baden have been known
for more than 2,000 years, and their composition resembles that of the Roman baths of the 3rd
century. The water at the baths of “Caracalla-Therme” spa is rich in sodium chloride, and comes
from artesian wells 1,800 metres under the Florentiner Mountain. The city offers many options for sports enthusiasts.
Golf and tennis are both popular in the area. The countryside is ideal for hiking and mountain
climbing. In the winter Baden-Baden is a skiing destination. 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.
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. Badens’s Spielbank casino is more than 200
years old and the oldest of its type in Germany. Dostoyevsky is said to have written The Gambler
after he lost his money and even his shirt here. The rooms were designed in the style of a French château. Don’t be put off by its reputation as a hang-out
for the rich. This picturesque town is beautifully situated in a wooded valley, and you can enjoy
yourself here without spending or gambling a fortune.