You will travel the Romantic Road connecting picture-book Bavarian villages where time seems to have stood still, then swing by Ludwig the Mad's fairy tale castle Neuschwanstein on your way to the magnificent Black Forest. Unforgettable stops include Rothenburg, Munich and Heidelberg.
Rental car pick-up
Type: VW Rabbit or similar
Pick-up location: Frankfurt, Airport
Originally built in 1264 as a customs house, the hotel occupies one of the best locations in Rothenburg: on main street, next to a medieval city gate and just minutes from the central square. The current hosts, Stephan and Lilo, are the fourth generation of the same family to run the facility, which has been a hotel since 1488. The first thing guests notice is the charming entryway decorated with antiques. The bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes, and no two are alike. They all have one thing in common, however: each was personally decorated by the hostess with exquisite attention to detail. Guests can sample traditional Franconian dishes and home-brewed beer in the rustic restaurant.
The attractive Neo-Renaissance villa was built in 1886 next to the Nymphenburg Palace and park, one of the most famous sites in Munich. The 17th century palace, now open to the public, has played an important role in numerous historic events. The small, family-run hotel next door prides itself on its 23 individually designed bedrooms and friendly service. Bicycles are loaned for free, for example, and tickets for the local public transportation system for the ride downtown can be purchased at the reception desk. In spite of the quiet location, Germanylargest beer garden is just minutes away. The hotel staff will gladly provide restaurant recommendations and assist with the planning of local activities. Indeed, the little inn was recently named a Service Hotelby the travel website Venere.
On a lofty summit originally selected by King Ludwig the Mad for the site of another fairy-tale castle after completion of Neuschwanstein sits a hotel which is like no other. Newly arrived guests are first struck by the endless vistas of mountains, green valleys, lakes, and forests at their feet. Then comes the hotel itself, in which every room was individually and imaginatively decorated by the owners themselves, resulting in living quarters that are not mere guest rooms but distinct creations that exude luxury, taste and comfort. Next to the hotel the ruins of Ludwig's final project still stand, within whose tranquil walls the visitor may better sense the lingering spirit of the eccentric ruler than at tourist-plagued Neuschwanstein, clearly visible in the distance. Travellers who brave the narrow road leading up to the castle will be richly rewarded.
The 400-year-old hotel was thoroughly renovated in 2007 and extended to include Triberg's top 5 star wellness and spa facilities. For dining, guests can choose between the two full-service restaurants, an outdoor café, a garden pavilion and a cosy bar in the vaulted cellar. All of the elegantly appointed rooms include a designer ensuite bathroom. The theme rooms were named after different periods, such as Biedermeier, Baroque and Classic. The famous Triberg Waterfall is within walking distance, as are most local sites, such as the Black Forest Museum.
Heidelberg is a romantic old university town with a long pedestrian street, the Hauptstrasse, which constitutes the dynamic heart of the city. The hotel stands at the beginning of this key avenue. Its stately facade dates from 1592, the year the gold sign was imprinted that still hangs above the door. Official records show the building served as a town hall for a decade before becoming the Hotel Zum Ritter. Thanks to the hotel's impressive facade and central location, its lovely panelled dining room is popular among the throngs of tourists that flock to Heidelberg. This makes the hotel a very bustling place in the evenings. It has been extended to the rear, and in the newer wing you find ten spacious, modern bedrooms with custom-fitted furniture and floor-to-ceiling draperies. The remaining rooms vary from small single rooms to large bedrooms overlooking the busy main street. The decor is more modern than old-world.
Kronberg Palace was built in 1889 by Empress Victoria, the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria of England and the wife of German Emperor Frederick III. The unique design of the palace reflects the monarch's position between two cultures: Half the building was built in German timber-frame style and half in the style of a British country manor house. The popular empress lived in the palace from 1889 to 1901, making it the centre of courtly life in Germany. Many of the rooms are decorated with antiques and original portraits, including two of the sovereign herself. The spirit of royalty is still preserved at Kronberg today. The luxury accommodation is a member of "The Leading Hotels of the World", an association of properties held to the highest standards.
Guests will relish the unparalleled mixture of modern luxury and historical ambiance on a royal scale. The tranquil setting and manicured grounds make it easy to forget that Frankfurt Airport is a mere 20-minute drive away.
Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Frankfurt, Airport
Rental car company: AVIS (Germany)
Type: VW Rabbit or similar (Group B)
Equipment: Air-conditioning, radio/CD, electric windows, central locking system, manual shift
Max excess/deductible: EUR 850.00