A day trip with my mother-in-law

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My mother-in-law has been going on about wanting to visit Baden-Baden ever since we met. So when she finally came to visit Germany it was given that I would take her.

Baden-Baden is located in south-western Baden Wuerttemberg on the edge of the Black Forrest. It's a spa town (like my home town). Built near a thermal spring, which you can have a taste off, I wouldn't recommend it though.

We parked near the opera house in a spiralling underground garage which was open in the middle so daylight could come in. Very pretty. We walked past the opera house toward the Kurpark (spa garden). The day was beautiful. I soon picked up on all the Russian influences this town has, which explained mum-in-laws interest to the town.

It's a very peaceful, quiet place with beautiful landscaping and old buildings.

Trinkhalle/Tourist Information
We walked by the thermal spring house, which is also the tourist information. The staff was really nice and helpful. Handed us maps and encouraged us to try the thermal water. We did. It was warm, flat and tasted like minerals. You are not allowed to drink more than a small plastic cup a day otherwise it would be harmful. It is suppose to heal many things. You can find out for yourself when you come visit.

We stopped by the casino which is located inside the Rathaus (city hall), interesting choice of venue. ;) Casinos in Germany have a dress code so if you do want to visit the Baden-Baden Casino, make sure you check their website first. It has an old chic to it and I immediately felt out of place.

Past the casino is where the shopping begins. Most of Baden-Baden is closed off to cars, which makes shopping a stroll and see kind of thing.

...doubles as the tourist information
We didn't come for shopping though. There are the usual overprized brand name stores and souvenirs to bring home with you.

We jumped on the City-Bahn train and took a 11km tour of the city and its "mountain" Merkur. We got off at the ground station for the Merkur train and bought our tickets. It was raining a little, but we just went from one train to the other so no big deal. The Merkur train climbs the 668 m in about 5 minutes. From the summit we had a beautiful view of Baden-Baden and the surrounding area. In the distance we saw the Rhein river, the natural boarder to France.

Back in the City-Bahn we drove through the ritzy neighborhood of Baden-Baden with villas that will make you go - WOW! 

We got enough for a first impression. I might return and explore the area a little more at some later point. Mum-in-law and boyfriend were tired so we decided to call it a day.

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The Oos River
The Oos River
Trinkhalle/Tourist Information
Trinkhalle/Tourist Information
...doubles as the tourist informat…
...doubles as the tourist informa…
Parking garage
Parking garage
Me and the in-laws
Me and the in-laws
Opera house
Opera house
Opera house entrance
Opera house entrance
Downtown
Downtown
Not busy at all
Not busy at all
Walking toward the city park
Walking toward the city park
Residential buildings downtown
Residential buildings downtown
Fountain
Fountain
Fancy hotel at the park
Fancy hotel at the park
Filip and I
Filip and I
Pretty
Pretty
The Trinkhalle where you can taste…
The Trinkhalle where you can tast…
Looking toward mount Merkur from t…
Looking toward mount Merkur from …
City park stage
City park stage
City hall/Casino
City hall/Casino
Another theater
Another theater
Another fancy hotel and a the Goth…
Another fancy hotel and a the Got…
Shopping streets
Shopping streets
shopping area (no cars allowed)
shopping area (no cars allowed)
One way to tour the town
One way to tour the town
Art gallery
Art gallery
church
church
And up we go!
And up we go!
Looking back down
Looking back down
Half way there
Half way there
There comes a tunnel and then anot…
There comes a tunnel and then ano…
View over Baden Baden
View over Baden Baden
View
View
Hiking signs and Dont step on th…
Hiking signs and "Don't step on t…
A lighthouse-looking tower on top …
A lighthouse-looking tower on top…
More view
More view
Near the tower
Near the tower
The roman god Mercurius after whom…
The roman god Mercurius after who…
... see it says so right there
... see it says so right there
Looking back at the Merkur Bahn ho…
Looking back at the Merkur Bahn h…
Aaaahh! So the lighthouse is calle…
Aaaahh! So the lighthouse is call…
View from the tower
View from the tower
view
view
... and back down
... and back down
Pretty bushes along the way
Pretty bushes along the way
Another spring, no I did not try t…
Another spring, no I did not try …
expensive houses
expensive houses
Baden-Baden
photo by: missandrea81