Baden bei Wien is located 26 kilometers south of Vienna and about 33 kilometers from the Vienna International Airport (Schwechat - VIE). Once an imperial summer residence, Baden now offers first-class accommodations, modern wellness spots with natural thermal water, cultural events, culinary delights, lots of shopping and great local wine. The town is also an ideal starting point for excursions to the nearby Vienna, Neusiedler Lake, Semmering, Rax, Schneeberg and the nearby cities of Hungary (like Sopron).
Thermal Water and Spas
Baden is famous for its sulphurous mineral springs with a temperature of up to 36 degree Celcius. This thermal water serves as the basis for curative treatments like mud packs, healing massages, sulphur baths and under-water therapies. These treatments can be combined with various forms of gymnastics, diet, meditation and specific exercise programs in order to rejuvenate your body and soul. During the summer months, enjoy the Baden Thermal Beach, which is housed in a magnificent Art-Deco building, with a nice adventure pool for kids and the largest "seashore" of Austria. The Römertherme Baden is open since 1999, offering a Roman-style spa integrated in the old mineral-pool of the Biedermeier period. In addition, the large wellness-hotels of Baden also have their own Spa areas.
Roses and Garden
The 8-ha Doblhoffpark, being one of the most popular destinations in Baden, invites you for an easy walk through its beautiful rosarium. This is the largest rose garden in Austria, with more than 600 rose types, more than 30,000 rose trees in 175 beds. The roses bloom in June and October. Another must see is the park of the spa, which is 52-ha in size and offers summer concerts, monuments of artists and emperors, a fountain, a temple and a nostalgic park café. The garden is also home to some semi-tropical plants.
The rich cultural life of Baden stems from the periods when poets (Grillparzer, Raimund Nestroy and Schnitzler), composers (Mozart and Beethoven) and architects (Carl von Moreau, Josef Kornhäusel and Otto Wagner) were inspired by the wonderful atmosphere of this magical town. Programs are available all year round: summer concerts in the spa park, Operetta Festival in the summer arena, shows at the municipal theater, alternative art in the "Theater am Steg" and special events at the Baden Casino. The town also has several museums and galleries, like the Beethoven House, the Menotti Gallery and the Arnulf Rainer Museum.
The warm sulphur water has created ideal conditions for growing wine in the region, and it has served as one of the most important source of income for the people of Baden. The Romans have introduced southern varieties and a more sophisticated technology than what the locals were using up to that point. At the moment, about a hundred families make their living from making wine on a total of 340 ha, with a production of about 12,000 hl. About 70% of the production is white wine (Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc, Neuburger, Rotgipfler, Zierfandler, Muskat and Traminer), with Pinot Noir, Zweigelt and Blauer Portugieser being popular among the red wines.