Baden-Baden and Karlsruhe are two charming cities located in the state of Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

Baden-Baden or Karlsruhe?

1. Baden-Baden x Karlsruhe Overview

Baden-Baden a beautiful destination©Fabian Wiktor

Karlsruhe in Germany©Mohamed Amine Ben Haj

Baden-Baden is a city known for its thermal baths and also as a gateway to the Black Forest region. The city has a charming old center and offers visitors many attractions.

Karlsruhe is not a very tourist destination like Baden-Baden but it does offer visitors good options of museums, parks and also beautiful palaces.

2. Hotels

Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa Baden-Baden©Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa Baden-Baden

Schlosshotel Karlsruhe©Schlosshotel Karlsruhe

In Baden-Baden the average price for a 3-star hotel is USD 123 and for a 5-star hotel is USD 152.

And in Karlsruhe the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 93 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 181.

3. Shopping

Shopping Street in Baden-BadenShopping Street in Baden-Baden

Postgalerie Karlsruhe - A shopping center in Karlsruhe©Postgalerie Karlsruhe

Baden-Baden offers excellent places for shopping such as the Wagener Galerie Baden-Baden mall and the elegant Sophienstrasse.

The famous German department store Karstadt, Postgalerie Karlsruhe and Ettlinger Tor Karlsruhe are excellent places for shopping in Karlsruhe.

4. Museums

Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden©Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden

Badisches Landesmuseum KarlsruheBadisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe – ©Bruno Kelzer

Baden-Baden offers good museums options like the Museum Frieder Burda, Faberge Museum and the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden.

Karlsruhe also has great museums options like the Badisches Landesmuseum and the Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe.

5. Parks

Green area in Baden-BadenBaden-Baden

Park in KarlsruheKarlsruhe – ©Aaron Büttner

Baden-Baden is home to some beautiful parks and gardens like the Kurgarten, Lichtentaler Allee and the Rosengarten.

Karlsruhe also offers beautiful parks like the Schlossgarten and the Günther-Klotz-Anlage.

6. Day Trips

Freiburg, a beautiful city in the Black Forest regionFreiburg – ©Gadiel Lazcano

Strasbourg, France, a beautiful city near the German borderStrasbourg, France – ©Patrick Robert Doyle

From Baden-Baden it is possible to combine a day trip to destinations like Freiburg and Strasbourg in France.

And from Karlsruhe it is possible to combine a day trip to destinations like Heidelberg and Ulm.

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Itinerary Idea

2 Days in Baden-Baden

Baden-Baden vs Karlsruhe

Day 1 in Baden-Baden

Start the day by visiting the Stiftskirche one of the attractions of the old city center.

Follow to the Ruins of Roman Bath, the 2,000-year-old ruins are one of the oldest and best-kept examples of the country.

Head to Sophienstrasse, a street with a variety of shops, boutiques and shopping galleries until you reach the Kurhaus.

The Kurhaus is a spa resort, casino and conference complex, and the Kurgarten is the cultural center of the city with numerous boutiques, galleries, and cafes.

Trinkhalle from the 19th century is part of the Kurhaus complex.

Head to Stourdza Kapelle (1.863-1.866) built-in white, red and brown sandstone.

Located 750 meters from Stourdza Kapelle is the Opera House (Festspielhaus), one of the largest classical music venues in Europe. The building has a unique architecture.

For views of the city and Black Forest head to the ruins of Altes Schloss Hohenbaden.

Day 2 in Baden-Baden

Start the day by visiting Caracalla, a spa located in an area of over 4,000 m². The place is ideal for relaxing and bathing in the thermal waters.

Head to the Paradies, a fountain complex and waterfalls built-in 1.925. The Garden of Roses is a beautiful garden located 2.2 km from Paradies.

The Russian Church is another attraction with its golden dome.

Located 550 meters from the Russian Church is the Lichtentaler Allee, a historic park and city’s Botanical Gardens.

1 Day in Karlsruhe

Baden-Baden vs Karlsruhe

Day 1 in Karlsruhe

Start the day by visiting the Karlsruhe Palace at Schloßbezirk, a baroque palace that houses a cultural history museum. Near the palace you will find the Karlsruhe Botanical Garden, established by Charles III William, Margrave of Baden-Durlach and designed by Karl Christian Gmelin.

Alto visit the Marktplatz, and head to Schloss Gottesaue, another popular attraction in Karlsruhe.

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