Blogs from Baden-Baden, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Europe


Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Baden-Baden August 29th 2019

We‘re really quite taken with Germany - people, landscape - it’s all lovely! Today we took a drive about an hour or so up the autoroute ( yes they do drive very fast - and faster at night 😱) to Baden-Baden. Ooooo gorgeous town! First we took a leisurely stroll in the park (Lichtentaler-Allee) - famous for a real range of tree species - also smashing little river with heron fishing - and this is in the middle of town! It has horse statues and fountains everywhere. Then walked along to the casino - obviously had to have a look inside - very tasteful gambling ( casino royale-ish) - if only we had a spare €1500 deposit to sit at the table!! close by was the opera house ( again so stylish) and then the Trinkhalle ... read more

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Baden-Baden June 18th 2018

My first full semester as a lecturer at a university of applied sciences had been pretty packed, and as much fun as the teaching is, preparing and giving seven 90-minute lectures per week is quite a challenge. I had no material from my predecessors that I could use, so I had to prepare everything from scratch. Some of the subjects, like for example personnel psychology or digitalization in HR, were not that hard to prepare, but there were other subjects that I had last studied during my undergraduate degree myself, so my weeks were seven-day-weeks. Consequently, I was glad once the semester was over and very much looking forward to a long weekend in the town of Baden-Baden. My mum had given me the trip as a birthday present. I caught a train from Dortmund to ... read more
Kloster Lichtenthal I

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Baden-Baden January 13th 2018

Im Juli 2017 hätte ich beinahe ein Projektapartment in Wiesloch bei Walldorf/Sankt Leon-Rot gehabt und von dort u.a. einen Ausflug nach Baden-Baden gemacht. Aber die Dinge sind anders gelaufen. Jetzt habe ich die Sache nachgeholt, als ich gestern von München wieder in den Raum Frankfurt gefahren bin. Dabei muss man sagen, dass ich meinen Frankfurter Nebenwohnsitz aus diversen Gründen von Bad Homburg in den benachbarten Main-Taunus-Kreis verlegt habe. Man ist schon privilegiert, wenn man zwei Wohnsitze in so schönen und teuren Gegenden hat, auch wenn ich immer noch sehnsüchtig von New York und Hongkong träume. Aber vielleicht wird das ja auch noch was. Ich bin also wieder mal die A8 entlang gefahren, wobei zwei Abschnitte bei der Schwäbischen Alb und bei Stuttgart seit dem letzten Durchfahren im September fertig erweitert waren. Wenn man an bestimmten Stellen ... read more
Die Lichtentaler Allee.
Die Stiftskirche.
Die Fettquelle.

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Baden-Baden July 25th 2012

Wednesday-another great weather day Originally we had planned to spend two nights here but we discovered two reasons to reconsider. First, there was no air conditioning and second, our second floor window opened just above the square with folks walking, drinking, and even singing the night away. In Vienna, we prayed for hot weather and now got our prayers answered. It was about 90 degrees in our room that night. So, our plan today was to experience the famous Roman-Irish Bath (Friedrichsbad) here early and then to drive north towards the Rhine River Valley. The facility was built during the Roman Empire days. It uses the natural hot springs in the area for all the heating and hot baths. We had read all about this in the R. Steves guide book but were still a little ... read more

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Baden-Baden July 24th 2012

After the great day in the Ruette, Austria area, we had a new challenge. Before leaving the USA, I had booked rooms for the first eight nights of our trip. I also have rooms booked for the last week of the trip, three days in Normandy and four in Paris. But now, for the first time, we were having to decide before sleeping where we would be driving to the following day. Jackie recommended a change from six or seven one night stops (my plan), to driving longer days and spending at least two nights at each stop. So, I gave in. We decided to skip a stop in Zurich and Staufen and drive all the way to Baden-Baden for a two night stop. With some help from the R. Steves guide book, we found an ... read more

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Baden-Baden June 24th 2012

After a rather full and very satisfying meal and beer last night we were up bright and early here to explore the Spa town, what a beauty it is, no wonder the english WAGS loved it....... Our hotel is right opposite the big chirch and was woken up at 6am with the bells sounding, anyway - that woke us up so we got up and went off for a walk in the very early morning sunshine, it really is a beautiful place - must come back here. Just had breakfast, lost of cheeses, Black Forest breads, meats and coffee, now going to book out and head south towards Freundenstadt before heading for our next overnighter at Totdsmoo in the southern BlacK Forest. Miles of twistys awaits us today, the sun is shining, the sky is blue ... read more
Black Forest High Road
Rude not to....

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Baden-Baden June 23rd 2012

After a marvelous trouble free journey from home to Folkestone (well it was 4.30am)........ I wish all UK road were this quiet and empty...... we landed in Calais, the weather was purrfect indeed. This was immediatly followed by 3 hours of empty french roads where we found ourselves in Epernay, home of the champagne caves/house, as usual we turned up when the place was closed (12-2pm - bless the french)..... we managed to get a few bottles of Peter the Beef champagne, nibbled on some obscene chocolate cakes and headed further down the A4 towards Germany. Some 949km from home we arrived here in Baden Baden, all in all 12 hours on the road and about 8 or so driving, we are staying in the Am Markt hotel in the old town, 100% spot on, great ... read more

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Baden-Baden April 27th 2012

Had another great day. We had breakfast with our new friends from Boise Idaho then hit the open road. We did not really have much of a plan. We headed to Baden-Baden. Managed a few minutes on the autobahn. The car hit 215 km per hour without breaking a sweat (or any traffic laws). In Baden-Baden we explored the ruins of a castle on the hills overlooking the spa town below. We then took a wander by car around the town. It was a very posh place. Lots of gorgeous homes. A river runs through the town. After Baden-Baden we headed south through the Black Forest. We found a number of excellent roads, including K5370 from Ruhestein to Oppeneau. A very steep road with lots of switchbacks with a 100 km speed limit. It is a ... read more
The Car
Josh in the Black Forest

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Baden-Baden August 6th 2011

It rained and it rained and it rained overnight. Like last year we left a hot summer in England just to end-up with rain. It did mean that it was quite cool first thing in the morning so it was good conditions to go for a run and see some more of Baden Baden. The parkland along the river was lovely and there were some great views around the town. I went back to some points with the camera later to get some photographs and then we set-off for what we expected to be a relatively short drive to Austria. First of all there is a tunnel in Baden Baden, which was closed and our satnav insisted in trying to take us through it so after a while going around in circles as there didn’t seem ... read more

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Baden-Baden August 5th 2011

We left at 5.00am in order to make sure that we had ample time to get to Dover to catch our 8.15am ferry, allowing for predictable road-works and other “issues” on the M25. Respect to Sea France in that they sent us a text letting us know about some road-works on the M20 so warning us to allow some extra time to get there. In the end we got there with plenty of time to spare, which meant that we needed to sit in our “lane” and wait until the ferry arrived. There was also an added bonus that the tolls for the Dartford Crossing do not start until 6.00am, so it is free up until then. I know it was only £1.50, but since we crossed the bridge and got to the toll booths at ... read more

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