The Black Forest: Baden-Baden
The next stop on our Black Forest adventure was to the town of Baden-Baden, a spa town famous for its Roman Bath Ruins.
We quickly got in line to blow our own vase. There was only one person doing it at a time and it took around 15 minutes to blow the vase and then another 20 minutes for the vase to cool. The line in front of us was long. Once I realized that the colors they had to choose from didn’t appeal to me and that I didn’t get to pick the shape of my vase I no longer wanted to do it. I guess it was still cool to see it done, but the reviews I read made it sound much more hands on and fun than it really was. It was a bit of a wasted side trip (and €10) for us, but I guess if you’re someone really interested in glass making it would be fun.
We spent a little bit of time walking around the glass museum which is a real snooze-fest unless you are really interested in the history of glass. We also walked around the gift shop which had some pretty, but overpriced things. At least it broke up the drive from Triberg to Baden-Baden.
When we arrived at Baden-Baden we went straight to the Roman Bath Ruins only to find out they closed 7 minutes before we got there! If we wouldn’t have stopped at that dang Glass Hut we would have made it in time! Luckily we could still see the ruins through the glass. I did get some pictures of the ruins, but they have a reflection in them. Oh well, you can still see some of them 🙂
We really enjoyed our time here. There are 7 bathing areas you can choose to sit in ranging from cold water to something that feels like a hot tub. They also have an aroma steam bath room, a brine inhalation room, and a dry sauna. We spent most of our time outside in the warm baths. The combination of the warm water and cold air was very relaxing, especially when sitting in the massaging jet chairs.
After our time at the spa we just wanted to relax so we headed back to our hotel to check in. We stayed at the Best Western Hotel in Rastatt. It was only €70 for the night and offered free wi-fi, free parking, and free breakfast. Getting even just one of those things free in Europe is hard to find, but getting all 3 is virtually unheard of. We liked the hotel and will be back to stay if we ever need to spend another night near Baden-Baden.
Along with the spätzle I had a bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with grilled vegetables which was good.