47 °C warm water bubbles out of Baden’s 8 mineral-rich springs. People have been taking the waters at the thermal baths for centuries. Beautiful bathing facilities can be found throughout the city, especially in the spa quarter. The latest highlight is without doubt the thermal wellness spa, FORTYSEVEN, designed by Mario Botta.
Be sure to try the “Spanischbrödli” (Spanish bread). In the 18th century, Zurich’s aristocrats were so taken with this puff pastry confection that they sent their servants all the way to Baden on foot in the night so that they could bring the freshly baked pastries back for breakfast. In 1847, Switzerland’s first railway line, which operated between the two locations, made this task much easier, leading to the railway line becoming commonly known as the “Spanischbrödlibahn”.
Baden as a Meeting Place
The warm mineral springs have attracted people to Baden for centuries. But not just the springs: political envoys, travelers, and pioneers have combined work with pleasure here since time immemorial. This resulted in Baden becoming a popular meeting place.
Anyone who is familiar with Baden also knows that the city is overflowing with culture. Particularly well-known is the “Badenfahrt”, an amazing spectacle that only takes place every 10 years. During the festival, the entire city is immersed in music, theater, art installations, and street food. You can find more annual events below.
The Annual Event Highlights
Music, short films, theater: Baden’s annual cultural program is diverse.