2 (September 11, 2016) Baden Baden
We’ll pick up our rented car early in the morning in order to start our
road trip as soon as possible.
In this first stage we’re going to Baden Baden,
after our first visits in Black Forest.
At afternoon, we’ll enjoy the city and one of the
popular spas there.
The spots marked at map are:
F- Baden Baden
The plan for today was already changed a bit
foot injury, when my gift for her birthday was a voucher for a
treatment in one of the finest spas in Baden Baden. When I called to
book, they only could give me 3 PM as the latest time for it, so I
changed the Black Forest towns from the plan to drive directly to Baden
Baden, with a small stop in Heidelberg’s Old Town.
So, after an early breakfast, I walk to the Enterprise office to arrive
at 9 AM, the time they asked me to come when I called them. I get a new
Ford Fiesta which I stop at hotel’s entrance to get the baggage and my
wife. These days we’ll have to look for the way of getting the car as
close as possible to the sites we’re visiting. Once on road, we pass
close to cities which name we know well, as Stuttgart or Karlsruhe.
After one hour and a half drive we reach Heidelberg and we
to look for parking along Neckar River, which here, is about to end in
River Rhine. We manage to park close to the Old Bridge and enjoying the
views of it with the Castle.
Once again on road, we drive for one hour and 45
more until our hotel in Baden Baden. It’s 1:45 PM already, so we can
barely rest in the fantastic room we’ve got in Hotel Quellenhof Sophia
before leaving to lunch and to our appointment in Caracalla Spa for 3
PM. Fortunately, the Spa is very close to the hotel so we lunch in a
restaurant just half way to it.
It is the Hotel Ann Friedrichsbad mit Prager Stuben’s restaurant and we
get a choice of cold meat from the region, some white sausages and
goulash by 27.70€.
We finish just on time to be at
Caracalla Spa’s desk by 5 minutes to 3 PM. They take Eva inside knowing
her leg cannot get wet and I pay 15€ for one hour and a half in the
thermal bathing area.
This is magnificent. They’ve got swimming pools to different
levels and different water temperature, but all of them hot. There is
one part indoors and another one outdoors, which is quite crowded due
to the beautiful and hot day today.
We leave the place relaxed and, while Eva is resting at bed,
explore this beautiful city, with stepped streets full of stairs and
This is a procedure we’re going to follow to the places to
I explore the city first and then I go for Eva and take a walk together
by the nicest and most accessible places in the area as a way of
minimize her effort. In this case we go to the casino area, avoiding
the stepped streets.
As we use to do, we take some light diner in our room from
we’ve brought from local shops or supermarkets. Besides, these last two
hotels include all the content in the mini bar to the standard room