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My Weekend at Park Hotel & Spa Katharina in Badenweiler, Germany

Many tourists (including myself) who think of Germany will often not associate the western-European country with the Roman civilization. Yet the German city of Badenweiler remains an evidence of a common link with the empire. Not only because of its ruins that are present to this date, but also because of what the city is most known for, its warm mineral springs. The resort’s thermal water brings Mediterranean vibes to the heart of the infamous black forest.

Badenweiler is known to be sunny throughout the year, and is only 30 minutes away from Switzerland (Basel) and France (Mulhouse), which makes it ideal for a weekend getaway.

To discover the relaxing town, I chose a hotel that reflected the ambience of Badenweiler, the Park Hotel & Spa Katharina. Located in the city center, the hotel offers premium amenities and services that made my stay as pleasant as can be!

 A Room With A View
The hotel’s comfortable and zen rooms are surrounded by natural scenery of trees, mountains and enchanting sounds of water pouring from the nearby Spa Park. I enjoyed opening the window early in the morning to listen to nature’s music orchestrated by the German countryside.

Spa Time
When in Badenweiler, the first thing that I wanted to do was Spa. I personally, enjoyed the sauna, hammam and the indoor warm swimming pool open till the late evening. Which meant that I didn’t have to rush after my long day of travel and outdoor activities. You can also book beauty treatments downstairs at the hotel.

Fine Dining
The hotel’s restaurant is dedicated to the hotel’s guests and very poplar among the local residents (you will see many cars parked outside on a Saturday night). I made sure to book a table and enjoyed a good yummy meal. Other resting areas are the hotel’s bar facing the green mountains, and the restaurant’s terrace for a cold drink and a good dose of fresh air.

 Visit the Roman Bath Ruins
Just a few steps away from Park Hotel & Spa Katharina are the ruins of Badenweiler’s Roman history. Discovered in the 1820s, the ruins are considered to be one of the best-preserved roman baths. Historians believe that it has witnessed romantic moments due to the “si me amas” (if you only loved me) phrase that was found on an antique garment.

Climb up Castle Baden
A beautiful walk up to the enchanting castle filled my heart with the purest form of oxygen (and made me burn some extra calories). At its peak is a panoramic view of the region’s gem, the black forest. The restored castle was built at the beginning of the 12th century and was owned by various noblemen including Henry the Lion.

So if you are seeking a destination to unplug your daily worries, reconnect with nature, and focus on your body and soul’s well being then Park Hotel & Spa Katharina and the city of Badenweiler are your kind of place!

Book yourself a weekend (or more) at the hotel here, and take a look at the city’s tourist office here.
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