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Baden Baden, Germany

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The playground of Europe’s royalty and aristocracy in the early 1800s, Germany’s famed resort town of Baden-Baden, in the heart of the Black Forest, still draws thousands of tourists who come to relax in the waters and gamble in the casino. The Friedrichsbad bathhouse has been the scene of much pampering for about 120 years. Those seeking rest and recuperation still enjoy its steamy marble confines, soaking in mineral water in the nude. Male and female facilities remain separate, and the roughly three-hour bathing routine follows a strict regimen of showers, hot-air blasts, steam baths and massages. Nearby are the equally famous Baths of Caracalla, which features indoor and outdoor waterfalls, swimming pools and Jacuzzis. The complex houses a 2,000-year-old Roman bath once used by the Emperor Caracalla. The town’s casino was built in the 1850s in the style of the Palace of Versailles, and is worth seeing even for those who do not gamble.