Baden (Austria) is a very popular spa resort located 26 kilometers from Vienna. Many people come here to enjoy the local beauty, peace, comfort and, of course, treat yourself to thermal treatments.
Despite the fact that only 26,000 people live in the town of Baden (Austria), and the resort has a corresponding area (26 sq. Km), there is something to see and enjoy. Take, for example, Heiligenrkreuz Abbey. This is a kind of "mast-si" of Lower Austria as a whole. The abbey belongs to a very rare order of the Cistercians - this in itself is amazing. It is based on asceticism. That is, contemplation and the absolute absence of unnecessary beauty in life. It’s interesting to look at it.
What else is Baden rich in? Austria is famous for its museums, and in this town there is also one very interesting one. Beethoven Museum - You Must Visit It! By the way, the composer himself often came here to heal.
Popular and local casinos. Yes, Baden is a small town. But here is his casino ... it is the largest in Europe. Many people go precisely for him to Baden.
Austria is a country of not only picturesque beauties, but also medical sanatoriums. A lot of people come here to improve their health. A kurzal and baths are where you really need to go after arriving in Baden. Austria, thermal springs, magnificent baths, 25 thousand sq.m. resort complex - that's what attracts tourists here from year to year.
As already understood, this is the main attraction that Baden (Austria) boasts. Thermal springs here are really a “magnet” for tourists. Or take, for example, Roman baths. This spa complex is considered a worthy competitor to Kurzalu. There, tourists are offered full-fledged and procedures-rich health restoration programs.
But you should return to Kurzal. Here, visitors are met by elegant colonnades, high ceilings, elegant stucco molding and just a huge open-air sulphate pool. It even has its own sandy beach! Naturally, it is artificial. But this is not important.
There is also a Kurpark. Fragrant rose bushes, cozy benches, sculptures - all that is needed for complete relaxation of mind and body.
Where to stay
Many people are interested in which hotels in Baden (Austria) are considered the best. The answer is simple - since it is a resort, moreover, a European one, everything is organized at the proper level here.
But one of the most popular is the Badenerhof hotel. This is part of a large complex that consists of a 4-star hotel and a health club called “Badener Kurzentrum”. By the way, it is worth noting something. This treatment center is the first in Austria to deal with the prevention and treatment of diseases of the spine and musculoskeletal system.
If you want to stay in a regular hotel that is not part of any complex, you can choose Austria Classic Schlosshotel Oth. There an improved double room for two for 7 days will cost about 75 thousand rubles. There are cheaper options - Helenental Pension & Apartments, for example. A double room with all amenities (bedroom, private bathroom and toilet, TV) will cost 40 tr. (also 7 days).
The first thing that a person needs when organizing his trip to Baden is a visa to Austria. To obtain it, you need to contact the embassy or consulate. Or in the visa center - they are in many cities. First you need to make an appointment. And then - to collect a full package of documents to present them on the spot.
A passport is needed (after returning from a trip, it must remain valid for at least 3 months). You will also need a questionnaire - filled out by the applicant in either German or English. There you need a photograph - 35 by 45 mm. The background of the image is either white or blue. The second photo is attached to the cover of the passport, separated by adhesive tape (but very carefully!). We need copies of all completed pages of a civil passport, all old “foreign” and copies of visas received earlier. Mandatory medical insurance with a standard coverage of 30,000 euros. Confirmation of residence (official confirmation of reservation, can be obtained by fax or e-mail), a certificate from the place of study or work (must indicate the amount of salary). Still need round-trip tickets. And a bank statement (there should be an amount on the account with the calculation of 30 euros per day). And also the consular fee - 35 euros, it is necessary to present a receipt on its payment. After presenting the documents, it remains to wait. And then a person will be issued a visa to Austria - if everything was done according to the rules.
Things to do
Baden Kursal operates on water from several thermal springs, the temperature of which is from +22 ° C to +36 ° C. In outdoor pools, clearly emitting the smell of rotten eggs, you can swim without a doctor's prescription, but to undergo a course of medical procedures using the actual water, algae and mud, as well as for a therapeutic drinking program, you will definitely need to consult a doctor.
The artificial sandy beach of Kursala was literally strewn from scratch. The sand here is not too impressively pronouncedly brown - initially the beach organizers decided to bring it from the Adriatic, but then, apparently, having estimated the cost, they prudently delivered sand from Melk, in the Danube Valley. However, this does not interfere with relaxation on a sandy beach.
Last but not least, it is worth paying attention to the Kurzal building itself in an elegant Art Deco style, built in 1925: it alone is able to arouse a craving for health in a person.
An annual beach volleyball tournament is held on Kursala Beach annually.
Photo and description
The historic Kurzal building, recognized as an architectural monument, is located in the spa park of Baden between the Railway Station and the quarter with thermal thermal centers and sanatoriums. The two-story building with an area of 35.5X26.5 meters has two elongated wings, each 9.5 meters long.
Owners of hotels and baths in Baden in 1865 founded the Spa Club to promote tourism in the city. For the newly created organization, it was decided to build a Kurzal. On their own, members of the club developed a building project and sent it to the architect Gottfried Semper in Zurich for familiarization. Semper, not consulting with the Resort Club, developed his own project of the Kurzal and the adjacent park. The total cost of construction would be 800 thousand francs, which significantly exceeded the financial resources of the club. An architect from Zurich was refused. The proposal of the local engineer Joseph Caspar Jeh was not approved either.
In June 1871, the Kurhaus Society was founded and a creative competition was announced for the creation of the Kurzal project. Application left 23 architects. The winner was the project of Baden Robert Moser. Construction work began in January 1872. The park near Kurzal was established in 1873. The grand opening of the building took place after 2 years. Planned construction costs, which are 400 thousand francs, were exceeded by 80%. Despite the support of the city authorities, the Kurhaus society went bankrupt after 3 years. On January 15, 1878, the local community bought Kurzal. Since 2002, the Grand Casino Baden casino has been located in Kurzal.
The predecessors of this institution were several "game houses" that existed since the beginning of the XIX century in different parts of the city and are accessible to players of all classes.
In 1821, the city authorities decided to create a new cultural and gaming complex, where the gambling hall would be adjacent to a restaurant, reading and dance halls and separate rooms.
Maison de Conversation Building - Now Kurhauswas built by an architect Weinbrenner in the year 1824. The casino has opened in its right wing since 1827. The new institution was rented by a French entrepreneur and impresario Antonio Chaber. The casino became a cultural center of European scale, a high-level audience began to visit it, and access for commoners was closed.
The casino was decorated in a classic imperial style. The interior of the establishment was replete with gold decor, velvet and crystal. Halls engaged Charles Sescha. He decorated the rooms with painted shades, set up Chinese porcelain vases, installed fireplaces, decorative fountains, sculptures and luxurious lamps.
In 1838, became a co-owner of the casino Jacques Benase. Under him, the interiors of gaming halls changed (they were created by a theater designer Charles Siseri) New roads were laid to Kurhaus, famous cultural figures came to the casino, and their own orchestra appeared there. During this period, the popularity of roulette grew. Baden-Baden Casino was the first to receive permission to host the craps game.
In subsequent years there were periods of rise and fall in popularity of the casino, the complete closure and resumption of its work. From the end of the 19th century to the present day, the Baden casino has been extremely popular.
In the right wing of the Kurhaus there is a room for gambling, in the left, from the garden, there is a restaurant. The institution has a bistro, a night club and a slot machine room, and there are theme rooms. The most luxurious is considered the "Florentine Hall" for a thousand people, painted by Florentine painters. The Pompadour Salon is modeled on Madame Pompadour's apartments (there is a portrait of the legendary lady hanging there). Austrian Hall is dedicated Maria Theresa and is decorated with her images. The Winter Garden has become a theatrical stage, while the Red Hall has become a concert hall.
Entrance to the casino is possible with an entrance ticket valid during the day. For games, a “fork” of marginal rates is set. The facility is open daily, except for a few holidays. Building tours are available until 14:00.
Kaiserallee 1, 76530, Baden-Baden Deutschland