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Baden-Baden is the city we stayed for 2 nights on this long weekend trip to the Black Forest. The city is well-known for its spa and casino. It is a fancy resort town, particularly popular among Russians, so much so that there is even a museum of Fabergé eggs here.

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The ambiance reminds me of Evian just across the lake from us except this town seemed bigger (see our earliest posts about Evian here and here).

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Caracalla spa is the biggest spa in town. Next to it was a traditional roman spa where absolute nudity is expected.

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Bathing outdoors in the winter time must be nice. It was not exactly warm when we were visiting.

B-Baden-14We did not go to either one of the above-mentioned spas because our hotel has a small outdoor spa of its own which is connected to an indoor swimming pool. We spent a couple of hours bathing before dinner.

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The fountain of the hotel is fed by warm spa water as evidenced by the mist.

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“Baden-Baden” means city of Bath in the state of Bath. Hence, there are lots of “Bad Hotel” (spa hotel) here in town.

B-Baden-10We took a funicular up to the summit of Merkur which in theory should afford us a panormic view of Baden-Baden.

B-Baden-22But the weather was not cooperating, unfortunately.

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We had dinner at a touristy Bavarian bar and eatery – Gasthaus Löwenbräu – run by the Löwenbräu brewery.

B-Baden-5The Gasthaus had a nice beer garden which was empty – it was too cold to sit outside.

B-Baden-6The food was standard tavern fare but the dark beer was very tasty and not too heavy.

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More to come on Baden-Baden.

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