Baden Baden is a cute cute town that was just made for tourists and guests heading toward its famous baths. It had some formal buildings, including a casino (for which you have to dress up – not in the cards for us!), a theater, and an exhibition building called the Trinkhalle. In addition, there was a park with a tree-lined street and walkway called Lichtentaler Allee, which legend says started in 1655 when towering oaks lined the way. We have seen advertisements calling Baden Baden “the Good Life,” and it seems to have that genteel feeling and still harkens back to years gone by.
The main restaurants are German, and the streets in Old Town are cobblestoned. Hotels are from another age (even though they have been modernized), and there are many German bakeries on every street. The city is lovely and charming, and is a bit of the slow lane when it comes to leisure. No busy crowds, no frantic shopping, and no lines anywhere – it is a slower life here than we have seen in other cities. And for a few days, that suited us just fine!