The town of Baden-Baden is situated in the southwest of Germany, with extremely good transport links, including fast trains to major stations and nearby airports.
As a spa town, it has prospered since Roman times as a result of the famous thermal waters. Today, the town is a thriving upmarket resort, unspoilt by the crowds that come to take the waters. From first sight, it is clear that this is an affluent town, with expensive hotels and designer shops all fronted onto spotlessly clean, tree-lined boulevards. It has two main spas, the Caracalla baths and the Friedrichsbad, which dates back to Roman times. It also has the Arenavita fitness centre and Caravitalis, offering a selection of therapeutic and beauty treatments.
The casino is also another big draw to the town. Opened in 1950, it builds on a 250-year history in the town of casinos and gambling. Opening hours are 4pm to 3am, and entry is 3€, with an extra 11€ to rent a jacket and tie if you don't meet the dress code.
Baden-Baden provides a selection of outdoor activities for everyone. Hiking, cycling, golf, water sports, horseback riding, inline skating, and even balloon trips are available in this lovely setting.