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Hot, hotter, the hottest. Once again, the heatwave hits us at almost 40°C! If like me you are about to boil over, consider taking a cool break. Many are the options – I suggest Baden near Vienna. Why? Because you can combine culture, “Kaiserschmarren” & cool summer activities all in one visit.
The city of Baden is alive with the spirit of its imperial heyday. Mighty estates and villas are dotted around town, and we feel no less impressed by the historic atmosphere of our own accommodation, Hotel Schloss Weikersdorf. The former castle offers a view of the local rose garden, called “Badener Rosarium” counting more than 30.000 (!) individual roses! Fortunately for us, the mighty stone walls of the castle keep the air nice and cool, while all rooms and spa areas have been kept deliberately modern – a perfect combination if you ask me. Check this out.
The large expanse of the Vienna Forests truly succeeds in working as a natural air con, lowering the temperature a pleasant few degrees. Our guide Günther has deliberately chosen a shady forest path, still offering us perfect views of the surrounding palace landscape of Baden as well as Vienna and Hungary. If after an hour or two, you feel the urgent need for a beer or light summer wine, check out the local “Hauswiese” tavern for a true example of Lower Austrian countryside charm.
Baden itself has a lot to offer, of course. Listen for the traces of Mozart & Beethoven, who loved to compose world-class music in Baden; or even the old tales about the Romans & emperors taking you back many centuries. Traces of its eventful history spanning several millennia are what make Baden unique. You can easily call it one of the most beautiful cities of Austria (and that’s me saying, living in one of the most beautiful cities myself – Krems by the Danube river! 😉 ).
And did you know that the “Imperial Baking Shop” of Baden loves to host visitors to an open-air “Kaiserschmarren” cooking demo? Despite the heat, watching the Kaiserschmarren master do his foodie thing is clearly worth you while …
In my last blog post, I have already shared with you the magic of the annual white party taking place in the city of Baden, called #BadenInWeiss. The Baden Casino is always worth your visit, especially where a combination called “Dinner & Casino” including the light summer cuisine of the restaurant Cuisino is concerned.
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Disclaimer: We have been invited by Casino Urlaub as well as the city of Baden for an experience of #BadenInWeiss. All opinions are my own.