Making the Most of what Baden-Baden is so famous for!
January 14, 2020
After a very long night travelling from Nuremberg that we were not prepared for, at all, we arrived in Baden-Baden at 8.00 am, dead tired. The city is famous for being so close to the Black Forest. As you can imagine, we were so hyped and very looking forward to hitchhiking our way to the Schwarzenbach Dam, which is a scenic dam offering fishing facilities as well as windsurfing and swimming.
Unfortunately, this will have to wait for the next time we visit Baden-Baden, as we didn’t have enough energy conserved to endure all of the adventure. Luckily for us, Baden-Baden is also very famous for the thermal waters, emerging from 12 springs 2000 metres below the earth’s surface. Water is full of minerals and is pushed out at temperatures up to 68 degrees. A day to relax was absolutely what we needed. The largest thermal spas in Baden-Baden are situated next to each other, being Caracalla Spa and Friedrichsbad. Prices start at around €20 for a whole day. So, it’s definitely worth going especially if you deserve some rest, as much as we did! The main difference between the two is that the latter is strictly nude bathing every day of the week, while Caracalla allows bathing in swimsuits.
Around 5.00 pm we started our short hitchhiking adventure to the city of Karlsruhe where we were going to be hosted by a family thanks to the couchsurfing network. Couchsurfing is a free online network joining travellers and hosts together, sharing culture and experiences while being a massive helping hand to each other by reducing some travel expenses. Besides hosting, couchsurfing is used to host events and meetups around various cities around the world.
The Lovely City of Karlsruhe
If you’re in Karlsruhe we recommend watching the local football team playing if you’re lucky enough to be around during one of their league games or cup ties. The atmosphere in the Wildparkstadion is mind-blowing, and if you want to really be part of it, one should go for the behind the goal standing areas where the four groups of ultras sound their support for the team … for the WHOLE 90 minutes.
The Karlsruhe Palace offers a great attraction both during the day and evening, both in different ways. In the past, it served as the residence of the grand dukes of the city. Some parts of the building were destroyed by the bombing in 1944, but it was rebuilt into beautiful museums inside, while the exterior was restored. Later in the evening, the atmosphere changes. Every day at around 9.00 pm, the front of the palace is used as a screen for a beautifully choreographed light show. Families gather in the large area in front of the palace, either laying on the grass or else with picnic tables enjoying dinner and the atmosphere such an event brings with it.
The city offers various options on how to enjoy the night, with loads of bars and restaurants in the centre looking very lively after 9.00 pm. One should head towards the Karlsruhe Pyramid and roam around in the central area of the city.
Getting to the Baden-Baden Airport……….
Don’t do the same mistake that we did. I honestly felt we were risking our lives but as things played out there weren’t as many other options.
Our flight was to leave at 6.00 am the following day. Therefore, to make the most of Karlsruhe, we decided to take the last public transport connection provided by Google Maps to get us to Baden-Baden Airport. This involved taking a tram, train and bus 293. Up until the train, everything worked out smoothly but as we arrived at the Baden-Baden Bahnhof, we were told that bus 293 doesn’t even leave from there, and we were left stranded there at 12.00am for all we know. No taxis available, and the airport standing more than 2 hours away, on foot.
As soon as we asked, we were warned not to walk our way to the airport because we had to go through the forest which the majority of the way is totally dark. So, we had to go for something we were always advised not to do – hitchhiking during the night. After 3 hours, we were lucky to get there, in one piece, as the drivers that stopped for us didn’t look in their 100% condition to be completely honest. Speed is very high when there is no traffic and the risk of an accident is much higher through the night. Also, Baden-Baden airport is closed at night. Therefore, for all of you, airport sleepers (like us), this will not work out so well. So, all of you in the area, try to avoid getting the early flight from Baden-Baden or otherwise, try planning your way better, maybe by sleeping somewhere close to the location, to avoid getting in such an unwanted and unplanned mess.
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