Last weekend, we drove about an hour to visit Baden-Baden for the first time. We’re allowed to move freely within our state and thankfully, outdoor exercise is still permitted. So we decided to change it up a bit and enjoy some new scenery for our weekend hike.
Baden-Baden is a spa town on the northwest border of the Black Forest. Of course, all of the mineralthermes have been closed for over a year, as are the hotels and most of the shops, but it’s still a lovely town.
Things aren’t uniformly green yet, but at least the bulbs are blooming!
There are some beautiful homes here. The city was fortunate to remain mostly intact during the bombings of WWII, and so the architecture is less modern than in other German cities we’ve visited.
This is definitely a tourist town and consequently many of the businesses are suffering. This is one of their main drags and it was virtually deserted on a Saturday (since stores are all closed on Sundays in Germany, Saturday is usually quite busy).
I wasn’t sure if we’d be able to find a good place offering takeout for lunch, but my husband and daughter have a nose for fabulous restaurants and we wound up at Maltes Hidden Kitchen, a Michelen-rated coffee house/restaurant:
This beautiful open sandwich with wild shrimp, aioli, and spargle (asparagus) was only 9,50€:
We enjoyed it while sitting on the curb across from the restaurant and it tasted as good as it looked!
There were some stores that I sure wish had been open–we will definitely have to go back if/when things open up again–but it certainly was nice to enjoy a change of scenery.
Enjoy your day, everyone, and thanks for stopping by.