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View of Baden-Baden from Mount Merkur.
View of Baden-Baden from Mount Merkur.
Coat of arms of Baden-Baden
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Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Karlsruhe
District Urban district
Mayor Margret Mergen (CDU)
Basic statistics
Area 140.18 km2 (54.12 sq mi)
Elevation 181 m  (594 ft)
Population 54,581  (31 December 2005)
 - Density 389 /km2 (1,008 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate BAD
Postal codes 76530–76534
Area codes 07221, 07223

Baden-Baden (Alemannic German: Bade-Bade) is a spa town with around 50,000 inhabitants in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is at the border of the Rhine valley and the Black Forest. The town is well known as a spa town, as a place for rich people and for many cultural offers. In the 19th century the town played an important role as a meeting place for the nobles, rich and other important people. A rich cultural heritage from that time can still be found at Baden-Baden.


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 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.

In 1931, the town of Baden-Baden was officially given its double name (a short form for "Baden in Baden", i.e. Baden in the state of Baden). In both World Wars, the town escaped destruction. After World War II, Baden-Baden became the headquarters of the French forces in Germany and the site of a displaced persons camp.

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

The Baden Airpark is 15 km west of Baden-Baden.

The Russian writer Dostoevsky wrote "The Gambler" while gambling at the famous Baden-Baden Casino.[1]



  1. "CNN Traveller in Baden-Baden". 

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