So…..we decided to rent a car and drive the Autobahn! Next stop Baden Baden. Baden-Baden is a famous thermal spa town in southwestern Germany, at the northwestern border of the Black Forest.
People from all over Europe flock to Baden Baden to enjoy their luxurious bath houses. There are 2 lovely bathhouses to choose from. One is an 140 year old Roman/Irish bathing house and one that is more more modern. There are 2 other big differences, one is an all nude bath house and one is not.
I am a pretty modest person by nature, and being completely naked in front of strangers was something I had to really think about. We read all kinds of reviews and heard stories but in the end we decided to do as the Romans did and throw caution (and our bathing suits) to the wind.
At Friedrichsbad thermal baths there are no cameras allowed, thank heaven, so I don’t really have any photos, but it was incredible. “When it was opened in 1877, this temple to well-being was among the most modern baths in Europe, and it is still as captivating as ever. Experience sheer bathing bliss in an invigorating 17 step ritual. The changing temperatures and varying baths, with their precious thermal waters, guarantee a feeling of total relaxation. Even the famous American novelist, Mark Twain, described his experience here in a letter to a friend: “Here at the Friedrichsbad you lose track of time within 10 minutes and track of the world within 20….”
Mark Twain was right. It was incredible.