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View of Baden-Baden from Mount Mekur
The Florentinerberg (Florentine Hill) with the New Castle (top right), the Caracalla Spa (bottom right), and the Friedrichsbad (bottom left)
Stiftskirche in Baden-Baden
Kurhaus with casino in Baden-Baden
The Trinkhalle with the mineral water spring
Brenner's Park-Hotel & Spa
Russische Kirche, an orthodox church in Baden-Baden
Baden-Baden is a spa town in the German state of Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany (district capital is the city of Karlsruhe). It is located in the northern foothills of the Black Forest, on the banks of the Oos River in close proximity to France and Switzerland.
Baden-Baden is a German spa town. The city offers many options for sports enthusiasts; Golf and tennis are both popular in the area. Horse races take place each May, August and October at nearby Iffezheim. The countryside is ideal for hiking and mountain climbing. In the winter Baden-Baden is a skiing destination.
The springs of Baden-Baden have been known for more than 2,000 years, and their composition resembles that of the Roman baths of the 3rd century. The water at the baths of "Caracalla-Therme" spa is rich in sodium chloride, and comes from artesian wells 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) under the Florentiner Mountain.
The Spielbank casino is more than 200 years old and the oldest of its type in Germany.Dostoyevsky is said to have written The Gambler after he lost his money and even his shirt here. The rooms were designed in the style of a French château.
The Russian writer Ivan Turgenev based his novel Smoke (1867) in Baden-Baden, describing it as a place where the Russian nobility spend time.
There is an 18-hole golf course in Fremersberg.
Much of the Joseph Losey movie The Romantic Englishwoman (1975) was filmed on location in the town, with the Brenner's Park Hotel featuring particularly prominently. The Bollywood movie Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) was the first Indian movie to be shot in Baden-Baden.
From 23 to 28 September 1981, the XIth Olympic Congress took place in the Kurhaus in Baden-Baden. The England football team were based near Baden-Baden at Hotel Bühlerhöhe (Schwarzwaldhochstraße) during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Exclusive spa facilities, a restaurant with 1 Michelin star, and free Wi-Fi are offered at this 5-star hotel. It is set in scenic gardens in Baden-Baden, a 10-minute walk from the Kurhaus Spa Centre.
Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa offers elegant rooms with antique furniture and balconies. Each is equipped with satellite TV and a minibar, and the bathrooms feature Italian marble.
Facilities at Brenners Spa include a Roman-style swimming pool, relaxation rooms and several saunas, as well as a fitness studio. Massages and health treatments are available here.
The award-winning Brenners Park-Restaurant serves international cuisine. Other dining options include the Salon Lichtental with terrace, the Oleander-Bar and the conservatory. The Kaminhalle lounge offers live piano music in the evenings.