I was in the mood for some bratwurst
Trip Start Aug 19, 2007
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When we bought the tickets to Baden-Baden Germany, neither of us had heard of it and weren't sure where in Germany it was, but soon found out it was the Black Forest region and considered to be one of the most beautiful areas of Germany. We have our theories that a lot of Germans vacation there since there are beautiful lakes and forests, which are not abundant in the other areas of the country. Plus, all the accommodation websites were in German, with no choice for other languages.
We landed in Baden-Baden Friday afternoon, rented a car and drove to the city center (it's quite a small town). As many of you have probably guessed from the name, Baden-Baden is a very popular spa town, with healing mineral water. There are two main baths, but it was the Friedrichsbad that everyone recommended. It's 17 steps including warm bath, cold baths, saunas, and a brush massage by a German woman. It's also done completely in the nude. On the day that we went, some of the stages were segregated by gender, but then a few stages were mixed. It was an extremely relaxing experience, even if I had to quickly learn how to say '15' in German so I would know when the massage lady was calling my number. We stayed in Hotel Am Markt, a very nice and economical place, which I'd recommend, even with the lovely old church right outside the window with ringing bells every 15 minutes.
Saturday we got up and drove down road 500, which is supposed to be one of Germany's most beautiful roads, as it winds through the Black forest.
There were cute little towns all along the way, with the HUGE German houses.
Sunday morning we woke up and it was SNOWING!!!
We were thinking of going to a lake by the Switzerland boarder to see the Alps in the back of the lake, but with the snow we didn't think we would see anything. Instead we headed north up to the Maulborn Monastery, a UNESCO world heritage site. It was quite impressive. Then we headed to the airport and was back in Sweden by the evening.
A great weekend get-away!
Where I stayed