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The gorgeous scenery and idyllic tranquility of Baden-Baden make it the perfect spa getaway for many visitors. But there’s more to this German town than just relaxing spas, because if you do your research you’ll find that Baden-Baden fits the criteria of every kind of traveler, regardless of what kind of budget you have to adhere to.

Baden-Baden

Overlooking the town of Baden-Baden – Wikimedia public domain

For the hiking enthusiasts…
The Panoramaweg has the potential to be one of the highlights of your trip to Baden-Baden. This hiking trail is hailed as one of the most thrilling footpaths in the city, and in 2004 it garnered the coveted Deutsche Wandersiegel “Trail of the Year”. It’s a 30-mile long trail that weaves around the town and the Geroldsau Valley, and is split into five independent sections in case you don’t want to complete the entire stretch in one go.

If you prefer something less strenuous, there are a few walking trails that lead you to the vineyards where you can taste the different grape varieties on offer. The Nordic walking trails aren’t completely focused on wine, as you’ll also be able to take in the beauty of the peaks of Vosges Mountains and the trees of Palatinate Forest.

Vosges Mountains

Beauty from the Vosges Mountains – Wikimedia Creative Commons – Philipp Hertzog

For those of you on a strict budget…
Contributors of VirtualTourist suggest various activities that you can participate in, free of charge. These include visiting the churches, the courtyard of Lichtenthal monastery, the ruins of Castle Hohenbaden, and the Gönneranlage gardens. During the afternoon, make your way to the Concert Shell next to the Kurhaus for some afternoon musical entertainment. For insights on cultural heritage, explore the Old Town and then conclude your tour with a breathtaking view at the New Palace. People are also invited to drink the healing waters at the Fettquelle next to Friedrichsbad and in the Trinkhalle. Just remember to bring your own water bottle or a cup.

For those that enjoy the adrenaline rush from betting…
End your day in one of The Travel Magazine’s best casinos to visit in Europe, Casino Baden-Baden. Truly one of the most beautiful gambling facilities in the world, the casino is packed with a myriad of slot machines and table games. Although regular casino-goers have the choice now to gamble online as the result of the 1996 launch of the first casino gaming website InterCasino, nothing really compares to the ambiance created by the chateau-style architecture and the luxurious interior design of Casino Baden-Baden. Don’t worry if you’re not a big gambler; operators aren’t strict in letting spectators in who would rather observe the live action.

If you happen to be in Baden-Baden in May, betting on the annual horse races is another exciting alternative for gamblers to consider on their trip to this amazing region.

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