Winter is unofficially here. The weather is getting colder by the day, and the sun is scarce. Going to the beach is out of the question – it’s not warm enough yet in the Southern hemisphere, and it’s too cold already in the Northern one. This is the best time to visit Europe’s most famous thermal spas, where the water is always hot: the Kurhauses of Wiesbaden and Baden Baden, two of the most famous bath cities of Germany. And while you’re at it, you can also admire their architecture and history, and maybe even give yourself the chance to win at their casinos.
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Wiesbaden is a historical spa town – its thermal springs have been known even to the Romans. Its first bath house was built in 1810, and soon started to attract the upper classes. The number of spa visitors coming to Wiesbaden grew to over 200,000 a year by 1910, so the relatively modest bath house was demolished, and a much larger, more modern one was built in its place. The result was a building called “the most beautiful spa building in the world” by Kaiser Wilhelm II at its opening ceremony. Since 1949 the Kurhaus of Wiesbaden, now the social center of the bath town, houses the Wiesbaden Spielbank (casino) as well.
Baden Baden is another famous spa town in Germany, one of the most famous in the world. It was, too, known by the Romans – they called it Aurelia Aquensis (“Aurelia-of-the-Waters”) after M. Aurelius Severus Alexander Augustus. The Kurhaus of Baden Baden was built in 1824 by Friedrich Weinbrenner, a German architect known for a series of grandiose buildings in his hometown of Karlsruhe. By the mid-1830s the Kurhaus has gained international fame, housing high numbers of visitors from France and other countries. By the beginning of World War I, it was receiving over 70,000 visitors a year, and its popularity is unbroken ever since. Today the resort is home to a series of baths, a casino, a convention center and more. Visitors to Baden Baden can see the Fabergé Museum, the Museum der Kunst und Technik des 19. Jahrhunderts (museum of art and technology of the 19th century), or the Brahmshaus – the former residence of composer Johannes Brahms’s residence, preserved as a museum.