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Rick Steves' Europe: Baden-Baden, Germany

The park-like city of Baden-Baden, nestled in the Black Forest, is renowned for its restorative spas and elegant casino

Palatial Pools

Baden Baden Germany Friedrichsbad
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More than 150 years ago, royalty and members of the aristocracy converged from as far away as Russia to soak in mineral waters believed to possess curative powers. Today, travelers succumb to soaking in pools housed in palatial compounds.

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