Came here a week before leaving Europe, for a respite from the 20 degree weather and Wow!!!!!!!! The experience was ammmmaaaaaaazing! The town's so nice, you get to name it twice-- Baden-Baden (meaning Bath Bath in German) is reachable by car or by train from Strasbourg, FR. It was a unique experience, with the Black Forest close-by, this was probably the most relaxing part of the trip. The Romans (of course) built these baths and today, the town of Baden Baden has evolved to a hotspot for travelers craving R&R. Visitors soak in geothermal waters for cleansing and for curative powers. Today the baths are 'modernized' with space age buildings built next to old structures all surrounded by meticulously kept grounds giving you that sense of zen modernity. Anyone who is into relaxation and achieving that high naturally will love it here. It's clothing optional on the second floor and kids are not allowed there. Children over 7 are allowed on the first floor. It's a family place. It's a friends place. It's a couples place. It's a singles place.
I liked it so much, I went twice. Some friends liked it so much they stayed for a few days and we met up with them later on. Both days I went, were sunny beautiful but crisp (at 22 degrees F, LOL). Bathing in hot mineral springs, then dipping into a cool spring and finally, a waterfall massage in the open was an indescribably relaxing experience. Ahhhhhhh heavenly, soothing, soothingly heavenly, heavenly soothing, heavenly........I've reached calm for a few hours........close to ultimate peace......... I will come back.
Tip: Go early mornings when it's best for your system. Baden Baden is a hangout. It gets crowded with chicness especially during holidays and from what I hear, weekends also. You know you love it so just go. In Germany, you can go into a hot springs or bath/resort and pay by 1/2/3 hr increments. You pay as you soak kind of deal and to me that is practical. There's Aromatherapy to the nth degree . These extra services are a matter of choice. To me, the hot springs were def worth it. If you have the budget for it, there are also 5 star hotels in the area for that full-on hedo experience. There's a casino, a small but high-roller Casino for the jet-set bored.
Baden-Baden for those with kids or who are uncomfortable with nudity. Caracalla is the "modern" bath complex - most of it is clothed, kids are allowed and it's not such a strict atmosphere as Freidrichsbad. It's also about 1/2 the price.
My trip here was to the shop to pick up some presents. The shop is small but manages to stock an amazing amount of goods including drinks, snacks, cigarettes, swimwear, souvenirs and of course bath products. There is an extensive line of products available that are made for use in the baths like scrubs, soaps and lotions.
The lady working here is extremely nice and helpful.
Living in Strasbourg at the time and always hearing from the locals how they love to go to the thermal spas, I was intrigued, so I did some research.
I ended up finding out about Caracalla- and apparently it is pretty famous! Even better, it was only a 40 minute train ride from Strasbourg to Baden-Baden!
I went with my dear friends of mine (at the time)... And it is truly a hydromaniacs paradise. You go and pay (there were many options to choose from, but whatever the price, WELL WORTH IT!), then you go to the gender separate lockers and get ready. The main area has an indoor pool, that connects outside, and then many different relaxation rooms that vary from hot as hell to cold as hell. Those were awesome!
Then, we decided to go upstairs- the mostly "adult/no clothing"area.
I figured, "What the hell, why not- it's not like I will see these people again!" So I dropped the towel and let it out! Upstairs has many saunas, coed, gender separate, hot tubs, cold tubs, and outdoor tanning.
That was cool. Remeber how I said I would never see anyone I know up there?? Well low and behold, we saw our French teacher there (the same one who recomended the place!)!!! HAHAHA. Oh well!!!
This place was paradise, and I would not mind going here 2-3X a week....
We drove from frankfurt to baden baden over xmas to visit this spa. It has a large pool which connects to a nice outdoors one, but the place was so busy and full of people, that we couldnt even use the steamroom. We stood in the steam room until we gave up. We also couldnt seat on the seats under the heat lamps near each other, it was like playing musical chairs. We have visited other thermal water spas in spain and japan and we were expecting a fancier place. This is an overpack, high volume of people place.
One of my favorite places in the world. I call it the world's coolest swimming pool/sauna complex. The first level is family friendly. All ages.. older people enjoying the therapeutic water and in the evening the occasional younger couple on a date kissing in the warm water. Waterfalls. Water jets. Hot. Cold. Swirling. Ultra-jets. Steam. Aroma. Everything.
Upstairs children are not allowed. Nudity for all (it is men/women shared) is required. There are something like 7 or 8 different saunas that you leisurely rotate between/among. There is a small sundeck. There are showers, a hot tub and even a couple tanning beds.
You get an electronic wristband when you pay the entrance fee. The band will open your locker. $25 or so for 3 hrs (although you can stay more/less for approx $4.50/hour). Includes a locker into which you put your cloths, etc.. Put your suit on and then you go to the pools.
Clean, friendly. Also underground parking - or a very easy walk up the path from the center of town.
named after the the roman emperor Caracalla who took to the waters around 217 AD, this modern sporting spa is in the foothills of the Black Forest in Baden-baden (bath in Deutsch). of the town's two popular baths, this one is fun, social, good indoor/outdoor, family-friendly and better in the sunshine.
best to come during the week as the whole town seems to be here during weekends. for 17€/3hrs (bring towels/suit), soak in the hot&cold mineral water pools fed from hot springs deep in the florentine mountains, swim in the huge all weather 'river', massage in hydrotheraphy waterfalls, sweat in the wood fire and steam saunas, lounge in the solarium. upstairs is strictly nude and strictly enforced. absolutely amazeballs soaking outside in the hot springs in snowy winter. go explore this wonderland.
What could be better than a 4,000 square foot heated swimming complex for kids? NOTHING! Of course, it's really for adults, but kids 7 and older are allowed at Caracalla, unlike the other 3 thermal bath pools in Baden-Baden. Our family could not have asked for a better time. Swimming from inside to outside, sitting under the water falls, moving from one temperature pool to another, sitting in front of the jets, lounging on the tile "sofas" in the water, and following it up with a plate of charcuterie, fries, and beer in town afterwards ... ahh, this is liv'n! We're already talking about returning for a longer vacation. One day at the spa was simply NOT enough! We also rented a great house nearby, which you can do by going on airbnb.com. Highly recommended, as ours gave us plenty of space to spread out and the Black Forest for hiking was steps away from our backyard. But back to Caracalla, Parking is validated for free for up to 2 hours underneath or you can park in a lot across the street. Walking distance to tons of great shopping, cafes, pubs, restaurants, everything really. Bring your own towel or you have to pay to rent one (we found this out when we showed up with no towels). You can also buy bathing suits, etc. if you forgot yours. Final summation: If you're anywhere within HOURS of Baden-Baden, you MUST come here and plan to stay for at least several days!!! It's worth it!
Good, but probably not in a very cold winter (like this one) then its not that enjoyable. Also quite expensive 14-20 Euros for 2-4 hours. Someone said, Bad Wildbad is far better, maybe you should check this out alternatively.
Great spa. Very fun and unique experience. We had great massages there as well.
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