World Heritage Day Programme
Baden-Baden is celebrating a World Heritage Day for the first time since its inscription as part of the Great Spa Towns of Europe UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On 5th June 2022 there is a big celebration in the city with an exciting programme.
Free entrance. Chargeable activities are marked with €.
Offers for English-speaking guests are specially marked.
✓ visits & guided tours ★ Theatre ♥ Costumes
♫ Dance & Music → and much more ...
The World Heritage in Baden-Baden is spread throughout the entire inner city. This includes a core zone with the historic spa quarter & five urban quarters. The surrounding spa landscape also makes an important contribution to the World Heritage in Baden-Baden. These seven areas are highlighted on the map with different colours – and all of them form the stage for this year's World Heritage Day celebrations.
Programme Old Town with Spa Quarter
The historic spa quarter in the old town of Baden-Baden is where the thermal springs originate. The Romans already bathed here. The ancient Roman ruins still bear witness to this. Over the centuries, the town developed around the springs. The thermal springs were catalysts for the specific spatial urban development of the town. In the 19th century, the old town was revitalised by the construction of the Friedrichsbad.
|10:00 - 17:00||Free entry to the Roman Bath Ruins, and tasting from the Roman kitchen for a small fee (€): Spiced wine, cheese and cider roll||Free entry / Food tasting|
10:00 - 17:00
at the beginning of each hour
|Free guided tours of the Roman Bath Ruins, limited number of participants, Carasana Bäderbetriebe, registration under: 07221/ 2759-43, email@example.com||Free guided tour|
|11:00 & 14:00||"Roman Baden-Baden around the Friedrichsbad Spa", Marktplatz/Höllengasse||Free guided tour|
|12:00 - 18:00||Insight into the underground tunnel complex, thermal water protection and management, Friedrichstollen||Free entry|
|12:00 - 18:00||“Geology, Hydrology & Protection of Thermal Water Springs”, free exhibition in Renaissance Hall, Friedrichsbad||Free exhibition|
|12:00 - 18:00||“Dive in. Art for the Spa City”, free exhibition by the European Spa Project in KneippVital, Friedrichsbad||Free exhibition|
|14:00 & 15:30||“Gambling Ban as Impetus for Rediscovery of Bathing Culture”, free guided tour, meeting point: Friedrichsbad entrance||Free guided tour|
|11:00 - 17:00||Access to the "Ursprungsquelle" - ground floor Old Steam Bath||Free entry|
|11:00 - 17:00||EISEN - exhibition||Free exhibition|
|15:00||EISEN - guided tour||Free guided tour|
|11:00 - 17:00||scultura 22 - exhibition||Free exhibition|
|16:00||scultura 22 - guided tour||Free guided tour|
Programme New Spa District
The “new” spa quarter was laid out in the first half of the 19th century – west of the former old town walls, on the other side of river Oos. Here, in the open floodplain landscape, the new centre comprising of the architectural ensemble of the Kurhaus, Casino, Concert Shell, Pump Room, Theatre and Colonnades was created.
|12:00||Official opening of the World Heritage Day by Nicole Razavi MdL, Minister of Regional Development and Housing of Baden-Württemberg, and Lord Mayor Margret Mergen||Official opening|
|12:15||“World Heritage! What next?”, moderated panel discussion with Minister Nicole Razavi MdL and Lord Mayor Margret Mergen||Panel discussion|
|13:15||“World Heritage in Baden-Baden or A Game for the Title”, free children's World Heritage play, Hector Children's Academy||Performance|
|14:30 - 16:30||Historical Dance Tea with the Baden-Baden Salon Orchestra||Dance & music|
|17:00||“#meinwelterbe Baden³” photo competition award ceremony, Robert Schumann School||Award ceremony|
|18:00||A festival comes to an end - with Lord Mayor Margret Mergen||Finale|
|18:15||Closing concert “Movies & Music”, Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra||Music|
From 10:00 - 18:00, you can get all information about the World Heritage Site in Baden-Baden and the World Heritage Day programme, free of charge?, at the Tourist Information Office.
Visit the souvenir shop, and take memories of this beautiful day home with you: Many items related to the World Heritage in Baden-Baden, such as a World Heritage piccolo and World Heritage bags, can be purchased here (€).
10.00 - 18:00
every half hour
|World Heritage short guided tour in German||Free guided tour|
10:00 - 18:00
at the beginning of each hour
|World Heritage short guided tour in English||Free guided tour|
|10:00 - 14:00||Free entrance to the Casino's gambling rooms, explanation and demonstration of the historic Klondyke (horse roulette) with croupiers||Free entry|
10:00 - 13:00
every hour on the hour
|Free guided tours of the Casino||Free guided tour|
|12:00 - 14:00||World Heritage Lunch, reservation: 07221-30 24 691, firstname.lastname@example.org, 15-30 €||Casino-Restaurant „The Grill“|
|12:00 - 18:00||Information point “Kurhaus Baden-Baden as Event Location”, at the Kurhaus entrance||Information point|
|13:30 & 14:30||“The former Conversation House: Landmark of the Spa Town”, free guided tour, meeting point: stairs at entrance of the Kurhaus||Free guided tour|
|10:00 - 18:00||The Seven Wonders of the World in Baden-Württemberg, open-air exhibition||Free exhibition entrance|
|10:00 - 18:00||Photo competition “#meinwelterbe Baden³”, organised by Robert Schumann School, free open-air exhibition||Free exhibition entrance|
|10:00 - 18:00||“On the Way to UNESCO World Heritage”, Circle of Friends of the Lichtentaler Allee e.V., free exhibition||Free exhibition entrance|
|10:00 - 18:00||“The Guest is King or Our World Heritage in Baden-Baden”, free children's World Heritage movie, Hector Children's Academy||Movie|
|10:00 - 18:00||Information point “Cultural Heritage Conservation in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg”||Information-point|
|10:00 - 18:00||Karlovy Vary, Partnership Association City of Baden-Baden||Information-point|
|10:00 - 18:00||Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra||Information-point|
|14:00 & 16:00||“The Seven Wonders of the World in Baden-Württemberg”, free guided tour through the exhibition with Denise Beilharz, Ministry of Regional Development and Housing of Baden-Württemberg||Free guided tour|
Experience the 19th century up close in the Kurgarten from 12- 18!
Groups in historical costumes and dance groups from Switzerland, Bensheim, Ladenburg and the region stroll through the Kurgarten, Stilt walkers, handcar and penny-farthing riders, and a historical organ grinder provide entertainment. A photographer with a historical camera and instant photos, and a stand of historical hats enliven the Kurgarten.
|13:30 & 16:30||Shadow theatre Cinderella - Kurhaus Colonnade||Performance|
|15:00 & 18:00||Free? narrative theatre “The Running Machine”, by Mayer's mini bicycle theatre, Kurgarten||Performance|
|10:00 - 18:00||Information Point “World Heritage in Baden-Baden”, information on World Heritage and the World Heritage Day programme (in English and German)||Information-Point|
|10:00 - 18:00||“Experience the World Heritage in the Summer Capital of Europe”, free open-air exhibition (in English and German)||Free exhibition entrance|
|10:00 - 18:00||“The Reinhard Fieser Bridge: A Monument is being renovated”, free open-air exhibition||Free exhibition entrance|
|14:00 & 16:00||“The Entrée to the "New" Spa District – Then and Now”, free guided tour||Free guided tour|
|10:30 - 22:00||Information point “Theatre Baden-Baden”||Information point|
|10:00 & 12:00||BADEN IM APPLAUS, Guided tour of the Theatre with Max Ruhbaum, tickets: www.ogy.de/applaus||Guided tour (€)|
|15:00||JUGEND OHNE GOTT, tickets: www.ogy.de/jugendgott||Performance (€)|
|20:30||DISCOTOPIEN, Theatre courtyard stage, tickets: www.ogy.de/discotopien||Performance (€)|
|10:00 - 18:00||Ulrike Ottinger - free entrance to the art exhibition||Free exhibition entrance|
|from 18:00||Ulrike Ottinger - Audiobook evening||Audiobook evening|
Programme Gardens, Parks and Green Spaces
The gardens, parks and green spaces in the inner town, including the famous Lichtentaler Allee, extend along the river Oos. All spa-specific buildings and facilities in Baden-Baden are embedded in the urban context of carefully main tained gardens, parks and green spaces.
|10:00||The history of the Lichtentaler Allee||Free guided tour|
|14:00 & 17:00||From Lichtentaler Allee to UNESCO World Heritage, free guided tour (in English and German)||Free guided tour|
|15:00 & 16:00||The Green Salon of Baden-Baden||Free guided tour|
|10:00 - 18:00||With the horse carriage through Lichtentaler Allee, tickets: www.ogy.de/kutschfahrt||Carriage ride (€)|
|10:00 - 18:00||Ride with the City Train Baden-Baden through Lichtentaler Allee, tickets: www.ogy.de/citybahn||City train ride (€)|
An audio guide - provided by the Circle of Friends of Lichtentaler Allee e.V. - offers an excellent opportunity to obtain exciting information about Lichtentaler Allee, the heart of Baden-Baden's UNESCO World Heritage Site, using your smartphone. The audioguide is available in English and German.
|10:00 - 18:00||Romanticism & Roulette: The internationally renowned Spa in the 19th Century, free admission to the City Museum exhibition (with audio guide in English)||Free exhibition entry|
|11:00, 14:00 & 16:00||Free guided tour of the exhibition “Romanticism & Roulette: The internationally renowned Spa in the 19th Century”||Free guided tour|
|15:00||Off to the Spa: On the tracks of the World Heritage with Leo, Froggy and Kläffer, free family guided tour, limited number of participants, registration: email@example.com||Free guided tour|
|12:00 - 18:00||Free Boules game for everyone, accompanied with French music, German-French Society Baden-Baden||Games|
Programme Town Extensions
The town extensions represent the expansion of the urban settlement in Baden-Baden outside the old town and the new spa district to accommodate the spa-specific services. Here, for example, new hotels were built to accommodate the spa guests.
|10:00 - 18:00||World Heritage Anniversary Drink on the Minerva Terrace, Fritz & Felix Bar, 10 & 14 €||Drink (€)|
|11:00 & 13:00||
150 years of Brenners: The Tradition of a Grand Hotel.
Free guided tours with limited number of participants.
Registration: www.ogy.de/brenners1 (11:00), www.ogy.de/brenners2 (13:00) (in English and German)
|Free guided tour|
|13:00 - 18:00||Exhibition Muße Literature Museum||Free exhibition entry|
|14:00||Free guided tour with curators of the Muße Literature Museum, limited number of participants, registration: 07221/932260, firstname.lastname@example.org||Free guided tour|
Free guided tour with special focus on:
- The beginnings of bathing culture and spa literature, recuperation and satirical views, soul-seekers and travellers
- Russian poets and writers in Baden-Baden in the 19th century, linked to the city's music and salon culture
Limited number of participants, registration: 07221/932260, email@example.com (in German)
|Free guided tour|
Let yourself be transported to a “Sound Journey through European spas” by the European Spa Project. Listen to the podcast series "A very short history of the European Spa": www.ogy.de/european-spa (in English)
|17:00||Presence Whitsun Festival Baden-Baden: Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the SWR Symphony Orchestra, Violin Concert by Esa-Pekka Salonen and "The Valkyrie", First Act by Richard Wagner, Tickets: www.ogy.de/presence||Concert (€)|
Enjoy the historic children's carousel, which is located on Augustaplatz and can be used by children and adults for a small fee (€).
Programme Villa Areas
The villa quarters, with park-like gardens, spread out on both sides of the slopes of the Oos valley. Seasonal as well as all-year-round accommodation were built here for spa guests. Churches of various denominations for the towns numerous international guests are also located in the villa areas of Baden-Baden.
|13:00||Religious Diversity in Baden-Baden: The Anglican Church, free guided tour (The church is located at Bertholdstraße 5 - at the intersection of Bertholdstraße and Ludwig-Wilhelm-Straße.)||Free guided tour|
|14:30||Religious Diversity in Baden-Baden: The Russian Orthodox Church, free guided tour (The Church is located at Lichtentaler Straße 76.)||Free guided tour|
|13:00 & 16:00||“Paradise” Garden with Sculptural Water Fountain at Annaberg, free guided tour||Free guided tour|
|14:00||Annaberg Villa District: Historical evolution and significance for the World Heritage Site, free guided tour||Free guided tour|
Programme Medieval Monastery and Lichtental
The Lichtenthal Monastery looks back on 775 years of history with uninterrupted use by the Cistercian nuns. In the 19th century, the Monastery was – and still remains – one of the popular excursion destinations in Baden-Baden for the spa guests. In the immediate vicinity of the Monastery is the Brahms House, where the famous composer Johannes Brahms lived and worked for a long time.
|14:30 & 16:30||750 Years of Monastic Tradition - Then and Now - with the Cistercian Abbey Nuns||Free programme|
|16:30 - 17:00||Singing in the Monastery Courtyard - historical songs in choir with moderation, Hercynia Choral Society Baden-Lichtenthal e.V.||Free performance|
Due to illness, the Brahmshaus will be closed on the World Heritage Day.
Programme Spa Landscape
Since the beginning of the 19th century, the steep wooded slopes around the urban settlement in Baden-Baden have been developed and provided with paths, vantage points, cafes and restaurants for recreation for spa guests close to the town. The spa landscape has an important therapeutic role and at the same time offers numerous possibilities for recreation and diversion.
|14:30||World Heritage Hiking Trail “Hasensprung (Hare´s Leap)” - Inauguration of the historic circular trail by Deputy Mayor Alexander Uhlig||Inauguration|
|14:30 & 16:30||Guided World Heritage Hike (1.5 hrs) (in English and German)||Free guided hike|