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5th June 2022

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 ...

Übersichtskarte Welterbefest

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, 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


15:00 & 16:30 Free guided tour of Stiftskirche construction site, meeting point: Collegiate Church entrance, limited number of participants, registration: (15:00), (16:30)  Free guided tour, sturdy shoes, no fear of heights

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
Kurhaus Kolonnaden Baden-Baden
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,, 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:   Guided tour ()
15:00 JUGEND OHNE GOTT, tickets: Performance ()
20:30 DISCOTOPIEN, Theatre courtyard stage, tickets:  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
10:00 - 18:00 “Margaret und Christine Wertheim. Value And Transformation of Corals”, art exhibition, tickets:  (with guided tours in English and German) Exhibition(€)
10:00 - 18:00 Studio of the Seas, free art programme for children, youth and adults inLA8 Free workshop 
10:00 - 18:00 Free chess for everyone, simultaneous tournament with grandmaster and free chess game, LA8 Courtyard Games

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:   Carriage ride (€)
10:00 - 18:00 Ride with the City Train Baden-Baden through Lichtentaler Allee, tickets:   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:  Free guided tour
12:00 - 18:00 Free Boules game for everyone, accompanied with French music, German-French Society Baden-Baden Games
15:00 Religious Diversity in Baden-Baden: The Romanian Orthodox Chapel, free guided tour with Father Ionut Bogdan Stavarachi, limited number of participants, registration:  Free guided tour

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: (11:00), (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, 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, (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": (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: Concert ()

Rund herum geht es auf dem historischen Kinderkarussell, das auf dem Augustaplatz steht und gegen einen kleinen Beitrag () von Kindern und Erwachsenen genutzt werden kann.


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.

11:00 Beutig & Quettig Villa Districts: Historical evolution and significance for the World Heritage Site, free guided tour, meeting point in front of the City Museum   Free guided tour
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
14:00 & 15:00 The Palais Biron: Typical Baden-Baden, free guided tour with limited number of participants, registration: (14:00), (15:00) (in English and German) 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

Historisches Gemälde der Seufzerallee
© Stadtmuseum/-archiv Baden-Baden

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
17:00 Schafberg-Eckhöfe Hike (1.5 hrs.)
Wine trail and tasting with Heinz Knapp, Knapp Winery, registration:
Free guided hike