A couple of paragliders dance gracefully in the air over the Merkur mountain, in the Northern Black Forest. The mountain, named after the Roman god of trade and commerce, watches over the German city of Baden-Baden. The city grew during the 19th Century as it became a place of rest and leisure for the European bourgeoise due to its numerous thermal baths. Today, Baden-Baden is still famous for its thermal baths and its splendid palaces. In this occasion we did not climb the mountain on our own feet but instead we took the Merkur Funicular Railway or Merkurbergbahn which was built as early as in 1913, a year before World War I broke out.