Things to do
If it’s relaxation you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. Head to Friedrichsbad – a temple of wellness where you can slip into the steaming spa waters and follow Roman rituals in the most refined of settings. For something a little more contemporary, Caracalla Therme won’t disappoint. Its collection of pools, saunas and grottos are wrapped up in a chic glass-fronted building.
Baden-Baden’s mountainous backdrop just begs to be explored. Hire a car, bike or book a private tour into the enchanting ‘Schwarzwald’ – the Black Forest. You’ll find undulating hills and thick woodland, peppered with storybook hamlets. This was where the Hansel and Gretel fairytale was born.
For a touch of old-world glamour, spend an evening at the Kurhaus casino. Even if roulette isn’t your thing, the opulent red and gold interior is enough to capture your attention. There’s a strict dress code, but men can hire a jacket and tie if you’ve forgotten to pack them.