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Days 6-7
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Long the favorite spa town of dukes and princes, the glamorous Baden-Baden isn't as fussy as it would seem. With a hip new museum, a so-old-it's-cool casino, and even a horse track, Baden-Baden has plenty of vibrant delights.
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  • Nightlife
  • Art and Culture

Experiences

  • To soak in style head to the gilded and grand Friedrichsbad Spa. The 19th-century structure has ravishing décor and, oh yes, steam baths and thermal pools.
  • Designed by Richard Meier, the Museum Frieder Burda is a private collection of art that boasts work by Picasso, German Expressionists, and contemporary artists.
  • Baden-Baden's casino dates to 1855. In the older days, Kaiser Wilhelm I and Bismarck were regular guests.

Festivals

  • The Iffezheim horse track hosts international meets in late May and late August.

Side Trips

  • The sunny resort town of Freudenstadt is 32 mi/52 km to the south.
  • The 1,200 year old town of Ettlingen is 25 mi/40 km to the north.

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