Enjoy the beautiful Christmas market combined with relaxing wellness in the international spa and culture town Baden-Baden.
Baden-Baden – the elegant and exclusive thermal spa resort is located at the foothills of the Black Forest in the southwestern part of Germany. It is reachable in 1.5 hours from London by direct flights to Baden Airpark. Known as the “World Spa Resort in the Black Forest” the high-class oasis for spa, beauty and wellness guarantees relaxing hours in the town’s two thermal baths, cultural pleasure at highest level at the Festspielhaus – Europe’s second largest opera and concert hall – and shopping at its best in the picturesque old town. Germany’s oldest and, according to Marlene Dietrich, “the most beautiful casino in the world” rounds off a perfect day in a playful manner. For an overnight stay Baden-Baden offers its guests the luxury of grand hotels or the heartful atmosphere of romantic family-run guesthouses.
In the pre-Christmas season, Baden-Baden invites guests from all over the world to visit its beautiful Christmas Market (“Christkindelsmarkt”). Situated at the entrance of Baden-Baden’s splendid parks and gardens “Lichtentaler Allee”, the “Christkindelsmarkt” will draw all visitors into a romantic winter fairytale. From November 21st to December 30th visitors encounter an entertaining program and small streets of festive huts, where thousands of shimmering Christmas lights create a festive atmosphere.
The market stretches from the Kurhaus Colonnades past the exclusive boutiques towards Baden-Baden’s impressive Kurhaus building. Numerous decorated huts surrounded by aromas of roasted almonds and gingerbread as well as the traditional mulled wine offer the opportunity to enjoy a special Christmas ambience.
Guests can expect a great variety of Christmas arts and crafts from the 100 huts as well as in the exclusive boutiques in the Kurhaus Colonnades. Items such as handcrafts, wooden toys and decorative candles are offered along with scarves and a wide selection of silver, amber and designer jewellery, fashion accessories, antiques and exquisite porcelain – perfect as Christmas gifts or small souvenirs. The visitor’s appetite is triggered by the large selection of local and international culinary Christmas treats.
Attractive shows are performed regularly on the open-air stage “Himmelsbühne” (Sky Stage). Choirs, musical bands, theatre and school groups entertain the audience with a festive mix of seasonal songs and carols – entertainment not only for families. Another highlight: on December 6th St. Nicholas will land directly in front of the illuminated Kurhaus in a hot-air balloon and hand out presents to the children.
A unique attraction of the Christmas Market in Baden-Baden is the ”living nativity”. The sound of bleating sheep and the scent of fresh hay lead visitors to the idyllic life-sized crib in front of the Kurhaus.
Furthermore an illuminated alley of colossal church windows painted by Baden-Baden pupils make up another optic highlight and spread pre-Christmas atmosphere. The popular “Fairytale Lane” where a famous German fairytale is shown on huge posters is an impressive attraction for the whole family.
In the “Ice Arena”, an open-air ice skating rink, only a few steps away from the Christmas Market, visitors can enjoy skating while music and flood-lights in all colours enhance the fun. Skates can be rented on-site. Various bars and restaurants around the “Ice Arena” invite to take a break and warm up again in a cozy atmosphere.
After a day spent at Baden-Baden’s beautiful Christmas Market, the town’s two thermal spas offer the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the curative water.
Over 2,000 years ago, the Romans discovered the healing powers of the 12 springs and built the first thermal baths. Today the modern Caracalla Spa offers 4,000 sq.m of soothing relaxation in mineral thermal water with a huge Roman sauna landscape, a rock grotto with hot- and cold-water pools, water current channels, marble whirlpools, an aroma steam bath as well as the new stylish wellness-lounge.
For over 130 years, Roman traditional bathing culture has been combined with the habit of Irish hot air bathing in the historic “Friedrichsbad”. Floating in the healing thermal water surrounded by artful frescoes of the historic bathing temple guarantees relaxation at the highest level. On a circuit of 17 stations, changing temperatures and the thermal water have a regenerative effect on body and soul.
For more information, please contact:
Baden-Baden Health, Visitors & Convention Office, Solmsstrasse 1 , 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 7221 275200