The Friedrichsbad sits close by the original Roman baths of Baden-Baden. When it opened in 1877, the spa was most modern bathing house in Europe. It is still the place to go in Baden-Baden, for a timeless spa experience. Leave your modesty in the changing room: no swimsuits here!
The baths operate according to principles of a timed progression through seventeen different spa stages, some decorated with Roman-styled statuary, and one under a magnificent dome. Enormous shower fittings are from another era, as are dry heat rooms decorated with scenes of game birds, swans and parrots painted on majolica tiles.
The experience ends with application of moisture creams (on your own, or you can opt for a cream massage) and time in the relaxation room with a cup of hot tea.
The ambiance as we padded about wrapped in freshly laundered, still-warm sheets was that of a centuries old bathing tradition. My favorite part, after a steamy wait, was the scrub-down with soap and a soft brush, in preparation for bathing in thermal waters.