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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Baden-Baden

Located at the foothills of the Black Forest in the south-west of Germany, Baden-Baden’s history dates back to its founding by the Romans. Known as the "Summer Capital of Europe", Baden-Baden combines Mediterranean flair with the elegance of the Belle Epoque and the cosmopolitanism of a major city. With its elegant flair and stylish way of life, Baden-Baden is perfect for those who like to unwind and enjoy the good things in life. Baden-Baden, the elegant spa- and culture town, offers a variety of cultural and culinary highlights, wellness and shopping in an unbeatable natural setting, where everything is within walking distance.

For more information about this enchanting city please visit the Baden Baden Tourismus official website
Highlights: Things to do and see in Baden Baden
With 2,500 seats, the “Festspielhaus” Baden-Baden is Europe’s second largest opera and concert hall. It hosts over 150 events per year ranging from international opera and ballet to symphonic- and jazz concerts. Known for its great acoustics, the concert hall presents world-renowned artists, including the Mariinsky Ballet, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra or the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. The “Toccarion”, located in the “Festspielhaus”, is a world of music for children between five and twelve years of age, which educates and encourages children to engage in musical activities.
In Germany’s oldest casino and according to Marlene Dietrich “the most beautiful casino in the world” guests can indulge in a world of roulette, blackjack, poker and slot machines set within belle époque arcades and magnificent staterooms. Furthermore, the casino restaurant THE GRILL is the perfect place for a stylish dining experience. The menu ranges from scallops and lobster to sushi and sashimi creations and beef specialties from various countries. The Club Bernstein, one of the city’s most popular party venues, completes this lively mix of tradition, history and modernity offered in the Casino Baden-Baden.
Baden-Baden, the oasis for spa and wellness, impresses with a great variety of spa facilities. The town’s two thermal baths are popular with both locals and guests from all over the world The modern Caracalla Spa offers a great ambiance for soothing relaxation in curative thermal water, a rock grotto with hot and cold-water pools, water current channels, marble whirlpools, an aroma steam bath as well as a stylish wellness-lounge. The historic “Friedrichsbad” combines Roman traditional bathing culture with the habits of Irish hot air bathing. The circuit of 17 stations with changing water temperatures has a regenerative effect on body and soul. Additionally, many of Baden-Baden’s hotels offer exclusive spa- and wellness treatments.
In the pre-Christmas season, Baden-Baden invites guests from all over the world to visit its beautiful Christmas Market (“Christkindelsmarkt”). Situated at the entrance of Baden-Baden’s splendid parks and gardens “Lichtentaler Allee”, the “Christkindelsmarkt” will draw all visitors into a romantic winter fairytale. Visitors encounter an entertaining program and small streets of festive huts, where thousands of shimmering Christmas lights create a festive atmosphere. An illuminated alley of colossal church windows painted by Baden-Baden pupils is another highlight as well as the ”living nativity” and the popular “Fairytale Lane” where a famous German fairytale is shown on huge posters is an impressive attraction for the whole family.
Baden-Baden’s beautiful location at the foothils of the Black Forest, invites guests to explore the area. Starting in Baden-Baden, the Black Forest Scenic Route (Schwarzwaldhochstraße) leads to various tourist attractions: Many historic sights and fascinating natural spectacles await guests along the road. All along the way, magnificent views of the Rhine valley and the Vosges open up. The Black Forest is a unique experience at any time of the year, not only in summer. In autumn, it invites to long hikes and in winter, the Black Forest offers a variety of winter sports possibilities set in a romantic, snow-covered environment.
« Berlioz and Brahms, Bartoli and Rattle: names from Baden-Baden's rich musical history and names that grace the festival city's musical life today. Past and present – in Baden-Baden one often flows into the other. Music undoubtedly is an important branch of the city’s cultural life – albeit not the only one. »
Christoph Wurzel, Baden Baden: Where music has a rich past and a vibrant future
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Baden-Baden, past and present

Trinkhalle © Christoph Wurzel
Berlioz and Brahms, Bartoli and Rattle: Names from Baden-Baden's rich musical history and names that grace the festival city's musical life today. Past and present – in Baden-Baden one often flows into the other.
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Bamberger Symphoniker; Jakub Hrůša; Olga Peretyatko

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Wagner: Parsifal
Sir Simon Rattle; Dieter Dorn; Magdalena Gut; Monika Staykova; Ruxandra Donose; Stephen Gould
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Ocean voyage of Tristan und Isolde in Baden-Baden

Stuart Skelton (Tristan) and Eva-Maria Westbroek (Isolde) © Monika Rittershaus
Sir Simon and Berln Philharmonic triumphed in a thought-provoking production of Tristan und Isolde with a fine ensemble of singers.
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“Alle Menschen werden Brüder”: Sir Simon Rattle at Baden-Baden's Easter Festival

Sir Simon Rattle © Monika Rittershaus
As part of their blockbuster festival programme Simon Rattle and his brawny Berliners offered Beethoven’s Ninth in a monumental performance. 
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Dvořák with Mischa Maisky and Bamberger Symphoniker

Jonathan Nott,  ©  Thomas Muller
This was the second of a triptych of concerts in Baden-Baden centred around the Russian cellist Mischa Maisky, who played here with the Bamberger Symphoniker and Jonathan Nott in an all-Dvořák programme.Dvořák's Cello Concerto in B minor is his final large-scale orchestral canvas, and justly celebrated as one of his finest achievements.
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