Baden bei Wien
Baden bei Wien Vienna Reviews
Romantic and Charming Baden bei Wien Apr 06, 2015
I made a short trip to this lovely town only 26 km south from Vienna. Long the road there were many vineyards and it was clear this was a wine growing region.
The road lead across Helenental valley by a widespread aqueduct of the Vienna waterworks. On the left stands the ruined castle of Rauhenstein from the 12th century. Close to it on the other side is Mayerling, a hunting-lodge, where Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and Baroness Mary Vetsera were found dead in 1889. She was buried in the nearby Heiligenkreuz Abbey. Maybe you have seen a famous film Mayerling from 1968 about it, starring Omar Sharif( as Crown Prince) and Catherine Deneuve( as Baroness).
The bus stopped near Romertherme spa, that are the main reason for tourist to visit this town. Even the Romans bathed in the sulphur thermal water in Baden for health reasons. From street to street I enjoyed in everything I saw, and there was a lot to see. First was the house where Beethoven stayed when he came to cure his hearing loss in the thermal waters of Baden. Then close to it is the home of Katharina Schratt, famous mistress of the emperor Franz Joseph.
Over a square with the city hall I came to Kurpark where on the left was a casino and on the right a stairway to Baden's spa park with a Beethoven temple and the Undine fountain. On my way back to bus station I came across the rosarium in Doblhoffpark to see their famous garden of roses, but it was late for it. They bloom only in June and October. Hope to have more luck next time when I revisit Vienna and Baden.
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