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"Baden-Baden" is a town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is located on the western foothills of the Black Forest, on the banks of the Oos River, in the region of Karlsruhe.

History

The German word "Baden" translates as "to bath/bathe". The springs of Baden-Baden were known to the Romans, and the foundation of the town is referred to the emperor Hadrian by an inscription of somewhat doubtful authenticity. The bath-conscious Roman emperor Caracalla once came here to ease his arthritic aches. The name of Aurelia Aquensis was given to it in honour of Aurelius Severus, in whose reign it would seem to have been well known. Fragments of its ancient sculptures are still to be seen, and in 1847 remains of Roman vapour baths, well preserved, were discovered just below the New Castle.

The town was named "Baden" (without the repetition) in the Middle Ages. The town fell into ruins but reappeared in 1112 as the seat (until 1705) of the margravate of Baden. From the 14th century down to the end of the 17th, Baden-Baden was the residence of the margraves of Baden, to whom it gave its name. They first dwelt in the old castle, the ruins of which still occupy the summit of a hill above the town, but in 1479, they moved to the new castle, which is situated on the hillside nearer to the town. During the Thirty Years" War and the Nine Years" War, Baden-Baden suffered severely from the various combatants, especially from the French, who pillaged it in 1643 and left it in ashes in 1689. The margrave Louis William (popularly known as "Türkenlouis") moved to Rastatt in 1705.

During the Second Congress of Rastatt, Baden-Baden was rediscovered as a spa town. The popularity of the city as a spa dates from the early 19th century, when the Prussian queen visited the site to improve her health. The 19th century saw the town rise to become a meeting place for celebrities, attracted by the hot springs as well as by the famous Casino, luxury hotels, horse races, and the gardens of the "Lichtentaler Allee". Clients included Queen Victoria, Wilhelm I, Napoleon III, Berlioz, Brahms, and Dostoyevsky. Tolstoy set a scene in Anna Karenina here naming the city differently. Baden-Baden was then nicknamed the "European summer capital" reaching its zenith under Napoleon III during the 1850s and ’60s. The Russian writer Dostoevsky wrote "The Gambler" while compulsively gambling at the Baden-Baden Casino. Johannes Brahms" local residence, the "Brahmshaus", can still be visited today.

In 1931, the town of Baden-Baden was officially given its double name which is the short form for "Baden in Baden" (i.e., Baden in the state of Baden). This was already in common use to distinguish the town from Baden bei Wien and Baden, Switzerland. In both World Wars, the town escaped destruction. After World War II, Baden-Baden became the headquarters of the French forces in Germany.

Under the supervision of the French Air Force, a military airfield was constructed at Baden-Söllingen between the Black Forest and the Rhine River, 15 km west of Baden-Baden; the runway and associated facilities were completed in June 1952. In 1953, units of the Royal Canadian Air Force were accommodated at the base later known as CFB Baden-Soellingen. In the 1990s, the base was converted into a civil airport, the Baden Airpark, which is now the second-largest airport in Baden-Württemberg.

Sights

* Kurhaus — The Kurgarten (spa garden) at the Kurhaus annually hosts Baden-Baden Summer Nights, an outdoor event featuring live classical music concerts.
* The Casino
* Friedrichsbad
* Caracalla Spa
* Lichtentaler Allee
* Sammlung Frieder Burda — One of Germany"s most extensive collections of modern art
* Old Castle "Hohenbaden", built in 1102, a ruin since the 15th century
* New Castle ("Neues Schloss"), 15th century, former residence of the margraves of Baden and later of the grand dukes of Baden and now housing the historical museum
* The famous Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
* Ruins of Roman baths, ca. 2000 years old, excavated in 1847
*" Stiftskirche", a church including the tombs of fourteen margraves of Baden
* "The Paradise" ("Paradies"), an Italian style Renaissance garden with lots of trick fountains
* Mount Merkur with Merkurbergbahn funicular railway and observation tower
* Fremersberg Tower
* Sturdza Chapel on the Michaelsberg, a Romanian chapel with a gilded dome which was erected over the tomb of prince Michel Sturdza"s son


Tourism
Baden-Baden is the most picturesque of all the German bathing towns. The city offers many options for sports enthusiasts. Golf and tennis are both popular in the area. Horse racing fans enjoy the international racing season each August at nearby Iffezheim. The countryside is ideal for hiking and mountain climbing. In the winter Baden-Baden is a skiing destination.

The springs of Baden-Baden have been known for more than 2,000 years, and their composition resembles that of the Roman baths of the 3rd century. The water at the baths of "Caracalla-Therme" spa is rich in sodium chloride, and comes from artesian wells under the Florentiner Mountain.

The "Spielbank" casino is more than 200 years and the oldest of its type in Germany. Dostoyevsky is said to have written "The Gambler" after he lost his money and even his shirt here. The rooms were designed in the style of a French château.

There is a picturesque 18-hole golf course in Fremersberg.

n popular Cultur

*Former US President Bill Clinton was so taken by this little town that he stated "Baden-Baden is so nice they had to name it twice"

*Much of Joseph Losey"s 1975 movie "The Romantic Englishwoman" was filmed on location in the town, with the "Brenner"s Park Hotel" featuring particularly prominently.

*From September 23 to September 28, 1981, the XIth Olympic Congress took place in the "Kurhaus" in Baden-Baden.

* The fictional Lieutenant Hubert Gruber from the popular British TV comedy, "Allo "Allo was born and brought up in Baden Baden

*The England Football Team were based near Baden-Baden at "Hotel Bühlerhöhe" (Schwarzwaldhochstraße) during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, while their wives and girlfriends (WAGs) stayed at the local "Brenner"s Park Hotel".

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File:View of Baden-baden.jpeg|The "Florentinerberg" (Florentine Hill) with the "New Castle" (top right), the "Caracalla Spa" (bottom right), and the "Friedrichsbad" (bottom left)
File:Stiftskirche Baden-Baden.JPG|"Stiftskirche" in Baden-Baden
File:KurhausBadenBaden.JPG|The Trinkhalle with the mineral water spring
File:Hohenbaden_hb.JPG|The "Old castle" (Hohenbaden)






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