Top things to do

Top Choice Cafe in Triberg

Café Schäfer

Confectioner Claus Schäfer uses the original 1915 recipe for Black Forest gateau to prepare this sinful treat that layers chocolate cake perfumed with cherry brandy, whipped cream and sour cherries and wraps it all …
Top Choice Cathedral in Freiburg

Freiburger Münster

With its lacy spires, cheeky gargoyles and intricate entrance portal, Freiburg’s 11th-century minster cuts an impressive figure above the central market square. It has dazzling kaleidoscopic stained-glass windows th…
Top Choice Palace in Karlsruhe


From the baroque-meets-neoclassical Schloss, Karlsruhe’s 32 streets radiate like the spokes of a wheel. Karl Wilhelm Margrave of Baden-Durlach named his epicentral palace Karlsruhe (Karl’s retreat) when founding the…
Top Choice German in Baden-Baden

Weinstube im Baldreit

Tucked down cobbled lanes, this wine-cellar restaurant is tricky to find, but worth looking for. Baden-Alsatian fare such as Flammkuchen (Alsatian pizza) topped with Black Forest ham, Roquefort and pears is expertly…
Top Choice International in Freiburg


On a flower-festooned lane, this pocket-sized restaurant with clever backlighting and a menu fizzing with bright, sunny flavours attracts a rather food-literate clientele. Each dish combines just a few hand-picked i…
Top Choice Waterfall in Triberg

Triberger Wasserfälle

Niagara they ain’t but Germany’s highest waterfalls do exude their own wild romanticism. The Gutach River feeds the seven-tiered falls, which drop a total of 163m and are illuminated until 10pm.
Museum in Kaiserstuhl

Vitra Design Museum

Sharp angles contrast with graceful swirls on Frank Gehry’s strikingly postmodern Vitra Design Museum. The blindingly white edifice hosts thought-provoking contemporary design exhibitions. Buildings on the nearby Vi…
French in Baden-Baden

La Provence

Housed in the Neues Schloss wine cellar, the vaulted ceilings, art-nouveau mirrors and sense of humour at La Provence complement the French cuisine. Specialities like garlicky escargots and chateaubriand with truffl…
Gallery in Baden-Baden

Museum Frieder Burda

A Joan Miró sculpture guards the front of this architecturally innovative gallery, designed by Richard Meier. The star-studded collection of modern and contemporary art, featuring Picasso, Gerhard Richter and Jackso…
Ruins in Baden-Baden

Römische Badruinen

The beauty-conscious Romans were the first to discover the healing properties of Baden-Baden’s springs in the city they called Aquae Aureliae. Slip back 2000 years on a tour of the well-preserved ruins of their bath…