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Bavaria - My Home

Last year my husband and I took a trip through Bavaria. It was so enjoyable and relaxing that I just would like to share our experience with you. I recommend doing this trip by car. However, you can reach these destinations by train as well and use local bus operators for day trips to the cities mentioned. Both destinations are attractive year around and are centrally located off the beaten path and, therefore, are right on the budget

1) Bad Windsheim (in the heart of Middle Franconia and approx. 2 hours south of Frankfurt on the Autobahn )

Just getting there will already put you into a different set of mind ! I was born here and every time I come back I feel right at home again. This small town hasn’t grown much in inhabitants (about 15.000) but it has added and improved wonderful local restaurants and cafes, a respectable choice of hotels and guest houses in every price range. Created an open air Franconian Farm House museum that is now a huge tourist attraction and opened a Wellness Pool complex last year that is an attraction in itself. We spent a couple of hours every day in these various hot pools and felt like new-born after it.

What is also so wonderful is the bike and hiking trails everywhere. In the summertime we left in the late afternoon and walked or biked to small farmer towns like Unterntief and Oberntief. Had a Franconian Wine and Brotzeit and returned to our comfortable guest house in town for a quiet night.
The famous Romantic Road cities of Rothenburg, Dinkelsbuehl, Wuerzburg and Nuremberg are just about a 30 – 60 Minutes drive away and can be easily visited by train or car.

Here is a 5 day itinerary that will not stress you out:

Day 1: Arrival and settle in ! Take a walk through the town and the Kurpark and have dinner at one of the many Franconian Restaurants or Gasthoefe.
I recommend the ‘Gasthof zum Storchen’ or the Brauerei Doebler where the same family makes beer since the Middle Ages !

Day 2: Visit the ‘pools’ FRANKEN THERME ! Plan at least half a day and spoil yourself ! Massages and wellness treatments are a fraction of the cost we pay here in the U.S. !

In the afternoon take a drive to Rothenburg (approx. 20 miles) ! Explore the town and have dinner there and return to B. W.

Day 3: Visit the Open Air Museum FRAENKISCHES FREILANDMUSEUM ! Plan a full day for this and have lunch and coffee & cake in the afternoon at one of the restaurants in the museum. It is big and you will need comfortable walking shoes ! Written guides in English are available and important !

Day 4: Take a day excursion to Wuerzburg, Nuernberg or visit Ipsheim, a small village about 20 Minutes drive away. Here they cultivate the Franconian wine and a walk through the wine region with wine tasting is very enjoyable.

In the evening drive to Oberntief ( 5 miles) and have dinner at the Frohsinns Hof or go to the Lichteneber Gasthof in Unterntief (6 miles) ! Both are traditional franconian restaurants and make their own wine and food. Weekends are usually very crowed as the
city folk are out there in force.

Day 5: Revisit the pools and take it easy for the rest of the day ! Have a farewell dinner at one of the restaurants in the beautiful Reichstadt Hotel !

I almost forgot: There is also a golf course close by and as an American you must visit the PASTORIUS HAUS, a home away from home. To overnight there you must join the
Pastorius Organization, who founded and manages this home in honor of Franz Daniel Pastorius – the founder of Germantown in Philadelphia. Membership fee is $ 10 per person / year.

Staying in Bad Windsheim gave you a good opportunity to enjoy Northern Bavaria. Now it is time to hop on the Autobahn and go south towards the Alps.

We took our time and stopped at the Danube, visiting Passau and Bamberg ! Final destination was Ruhpolding in the Bavarian Alps ! We stayed at the Gasthof Zur Post !
It is really a full service traditional family-run hotel and one of the oldest buildings in the area. Across the street are modern family apartments with all conveniences !

Here your time schedule depends on you: stay in town and just enjoy the many shops, restaurants and the surrounding area or take day trips to Salzburg (30 minutes) or Munich
( 1 hour), Chiemsee (30 Minutes) and all the rest of Bavaria’s most famous attractions are close by.


Here are some examples of rates and websites:

All about Bad Windsheim:
www.bad-windsheim.de

Gaestehaus Schulz (bed & breakfast) great location – you don’t need a car approx. Euro 50.oo incl. full breakfast (bring your own soap and shampoo) Rooms are big and comfortable with TV and shower ! Ask for a downstairs room !

Our tip: purchase double entrance tickets for Open Air Museum and Franken Therme for Euro 10.50 per person per day !

Hotel Pyramide (4 Stars) next to the pools. Walk to the old town approx. 30 minutes 4 nights package incl. entrance to the pools every day and some wellness treatments, full buffet breakfast and sit down dinner or bueffet Euro 359 p.person ½ double or 3 nights midweek similar to above excl. treatments $ 198 p.person in ½ double; single rooms and other packages available as well

Hotel Reichsstadt 4-Stars within the old town starting at Euro 70 per night

Our tip: at the Gasthof Lichteneber ask for a Schoppen (means glas) of Frankenwein !
The housewine is 2 Euros and you get a full glas of wine ! A real Franconian Brotzeit-teller is approx. 6 Euros and is enough for 2 persons !


2) Ruhpolding – Alpine Region in Bavaria

Hotel Zur Post in Ruhpolding - 4 Stars and great location. They offer family rates and special packages for golfers, hikers, bikers etc. etc.
Please ask us for a quote !

 

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