Our preferred base when visiting Baden-Baden is the Hotel Deutscher Kaiser, Lichtental. Baden Baden can be a bit pricey; the Deutscher Kaiser, family owned for nearly a century, is one of the cheapest, yet the rooms, bed linen etc are immaculately clean. Free wi-fi and a good buffet breakfast. Another plus: the hotel is situated in a quiet village, once home to Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms, just over a mile from B-B centre. That’s a PLUS?? Yes indeed it is. Germany is a country of Spas, each one different, each with its park, concerts, and other resort attractions. Your scribes have visited most of them, and B-B is definitely Number One – that’s just the city itself. And there’s more.
A major Plus is the Lichtentalerallee, the linear park with open space, trees, flowers and a river... with the Deutscher Kaiser at one end of it, offering a wonderful way to go into town, or just spend a morning. Oh, and if you’re tired or it’s raining, the city bus – every 15-20 minutes – stops right in front of the hotel.

As you leave the hotel, cross the street, a couple of steps to your right, across the bridge, carry straight on for 3-4 minutes, and you have a wonderful freshener for breakfast, catching the early morning sun (as we just did!).

Then, when you’re ready for the day’s outing, cross the bridge, turn right, and have a wonderful walk into town. And don’t be surprised if it takes just a little longer than you expected!

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There’s refreshment along the way! If you’re feeling peckish, why not stop by the Café Bellevue just across the river, for a Greek Salad and a beer. Carry on along the park and you’re in the city almost without knowing it, for park merges imperceptibly into city-scape, with paved squares and fountains, then the usual spa and casino facilities – and perhaps an afternoon concert!
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The city’s almost entirely pedestrian, from the larger squares to the narrow streets. There’s the bus that will take you back to the hotel – it meanders through the square at a slow walking pace. No shortage of places to eat, something to suit every taste and every pocket, as the tourist guides put it! Our preference is the Löwenbräu café restaurant in the heart of the old town. You can sit out on the terrace and watch the world go by, or if chilly, there are several pleasant indoor spaces. Here you won’t get square glass plates decorated with a few morsels of edible art. The food is good and well-prepared, not plain, not fancy, but nicely in between. The kitchens are open to view as you go inside. Being owned by a brewery, you can be sure the beer’s good.    So... Prost! Your good health! And we wish you a wonderful stay in Baden-Baden – your editors at Byways Travel.
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Getting there:
Travel to Baden-Baden is so convenient. Deutsche Bahn runs an express service north-south from Hamburg to Basel (Switzerland), stopping at Frankfurt Airport on the way, and B-B of course. There used to be a short branch line from B-B mainline station into town, but that closed long ago, and buses now run frequently from the mainline station into and through town then along the valley to Lichtental village. The stops are usually shown on an indicator inside the bus, watch for Eckerle Strasse or ask the driver or your fellow passengers (!) – your hotel Deutscher Kaiser is on the corner.

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