The town at the northern end of the Black Forest is famous for its thermal baths and its mild climate. Although the Romans already made use of the natural hot springs and built a settlement on the site to take advantage of them, Baden-Baden didn't become a popular spa until the late 18th century, when the rich and famous began using it as their summer residence to escape the heat of their winter residence, Paris. Luxury hotels soon sprang up around the Casino (1810-1811) and the Kurhaus (1821-1824). Today Baden-Baden maintains its reputation as an international spa and has benefited from modern wellness trends. We suggest you visit the Friedrichsbad (1877): a classical steam bath with 16 stations.
From a logging settlement to a health resort
The historical capital of the lower Murg Valley lies on both sides of the Murg River. Gernsbach has grown in size due to the rafting of logs on the Murg. Today the small town is a climatic health resort with beautiful hiking possibilities. In the west the mountain cone of the Merkur forms a striking backdrop, in the east the 908 meter high mountain Teufelsmühle borders the valley, which opens to the northwest to the Rhine plain. A hiking trail leads from Baden Baden via Schloss Eberstein to Gernsbach railway station, from where the return journey begins. (there and back: 41 kilometers, 4 hours, up: 404 meters, down: 400 meters)
Local Mountain of Baden Baden
The 670 meter high mountain four kilometers east of Baden Baden offers a great view over the Rhine Valley. It is named after the ancient Roman god of trade, to whom a Roman votive stone found on the summit is dedicated. If you don't want to go up on one of the many hiking trails, you can take the Merkurbergbahn from 1913. At the lookout tower there is a mountain inn. A hiking trail leads through the species-rich mixed forests and on to the bizarre rocks at the Battert. (return 16,8 kilometers, 5:30 hours, up and down: 680 meters)
Romantic wine-growing town on the Roman road
The romantic wine-growing town southwest of Baden Baden was located on the Roman road from Strasbourg to Mainz. The magnificent houses and the partially preserved city wall bear witness to the wealth of the Middle Ages. Above the cemetery there is a statue of Erwin von Steinbach, who was involved in the construction of Strasbourg Cathedral as a builder, and died in Strasbourg in 1318. If you walk from Baden Baden, you pass the cosy Waldenecksee. Via walkways and narrow paths one follows the forest sports trail after the hut to Varnhalt. (There: 8.4 kilometers, 2 hours, up: 140 meters, down: 250 meters)