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.
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.
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.