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Baden-Baden or Strasbourg?

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Baden-Baden or Strasbourg?

I have been to Strasbourg and liked what I saw - unfortunately most was closed as I was there Sunday and Monday, but it is a beautiful city and I adored the food.

I have heard that Baden-Baden is beautiful. Should I risk it or return to Strasbourg? Should I be worried by a language barrier if I speak English and French?

I am talking a 2 night stay within a 1 week trip trip to France... Would it be ridiculous to do Baden-Baden AND Strasbourg for 1 night each and drive in-between, or maybe 3 nights between both?

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Baden-Baden is in first place a 19th century spa town (albeit the bathing tradition there goes back to Roman times - Roman Bath Ruins). It's considerably smaller (55.000 inhabitants) than Strasbourg (272.000). But still Baden-Baden was in the 19th century the (unofficial) Summer capital of Europe, while Paris was the Winter capital.

There is no risk with visiting Baden-Baden. At least as long you don't visit the casino. But there are public tours in the morning through this very impressive casino which are risk-free.

Baden-Baden has the 2nd biggest opera/concert house in Europe. Worth to check out the program.


Baden-Baden is in a side valley (the Oos valley) from the Upper Rhine Plain into the Black Forest. The area of the community of Baden-Baden goes from 112 meters above sea level up to 1.003 meters above sea level.


You can go up to places like lake Mummelsee high in the Black Forest by the Baden-Baden city buses.


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I do like Baden Baden, but it is rather different from Strasbourg. As you saw, Strasbourg was a mix of modern, Baroque and medieval, with (to me at least) the medieval section being the most picturesque.

Baden-Baden is very "cultured" a town where wealthy people go for horseraces, the spas, music, hikes, etc. It probably is at its best in the summer time, although the spas themself are good all year round. It is a relaxing quite town. The town is basically Baroque with many parks and walking areas.

I would suggest BB if you want something different, Strasbourg (and perhaps other Alsatian towns) if you went the French/German touch.

This may help you:


Let us know what you decide.

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Further, English is no problem (in Germany many people speak English) and French too is well spoken there.

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4. Re: Baden-Baden or Strasbourg?

I would go to both towns; they are close in distance.

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there is the Strasbourg express train that goes from/to Baden it only goes a couple times a day, but it is only 35 minutes. I would stay in Baden Baden and visit strasbourg for the day, mainly because baden baden is smaller and more quaint.

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