Most holidays are booked in the hope that the destination is just as pleasant as it looked when you first saw it online.
Of course one would expect the hotel owners to make it look attractive and that there may be something behind the camera which is less so. It therefore comes as a very pleasant surprise to find that with the Steigmuhle this is certainly not the case!
The view from our room window was superb with the snow-capped Alps as a nearby backdrop to the beautiful Weissensee lake just a stones-throw from the hotel.
This is a beautifully presented, clean, spacious and secure environment from which to explore the multitude of interesting sights and activities this area has to offer. In fact there is so much of interest to see and do that it was impossible to get halfway through the things we had originally planned so I suppose it would be a great excuse to go back there. The fairytale castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau , the picturesque town of Fussen, numerous lakes and mountain walks in and around the Tegelberg are almost immediately to hand. A very nice touch was a couple of small rucksacks and walking poles plus a couple of umberellas for guest's use which are situated just inside the wood panelled entrance should you develop a mild case of Wanderlust….. which is hard to resist in such a lovely place. In fact, if you do go wandering, be sure to ask for a packed lunch to be made up for you.
One day the three of us caught the train from nearby Fussen to Munich for the day and were told that the two hour journey would cost about 32 euros for a return ticket. We assumed, wrongly, that this meant per person and not for all three of us! The train dropped us of at the main station which is a short walk from the city centre with all it has to offer.
The really nice thing about Steigmuhle is that the premises is traditionally Bavarian enough to satisfy my own tastes but without my wife and her mum feeling they were half way up a mountain in a log cabin. The room was beautifully decorated with a modern and immaculately presented bathroom which was cleaned to a very high standard every day. Free Wifi and a decent TV were included but don’t expect Eastenders to be shown.
Incredibly this business has only recently achieved a three star rating. All I can say is that the German criteria must be very strict indeed because this place is lovingly cared for and definitely worth the three stars.
Steigmuhle is a family run business and the entire Buhmann family were friendly, helpful and efficient. Always available for queries and questions they were masters of their trade and never made us feel as though we were in a commercial concern. Frau Buhmann was an excellent business woman and had a knack of knowing exactly what made each of her guests tick. She listened to my attempts at German and was patient throughout before subtly revealing, as the days wore on, that she actually speaks very good English.
This is technically a ‘bed and breakfast’ although this phrase gives totally the wrong impression. This is a quality premises and breakfast was, as you would expect, cold meats, weisswurst, cheeses, fresh bread rolls, eggs, cereals and jams with as much coffee and tea as you can manage. No lunch or dinner of course but with so many lovely restaurants in the area we would only have eaten there once or twice had it been.
There is no bar in the hotel but a fridge stocking German beers, wines and cold drinks with an honesty notepad does the trick and there is a lovely traditional pub and restaurant 25 yards away. In fact if you try the pub you must try the Allgauer Almsteaks. Highly recommended.
If you are looking for a commercial hotel with a pool and entertainment in a ‘happening’ place this venue is not for you. If you are looking to sample the true Bavaria for a while in a wonderfully scenic and peaceful location with more local culture than you can shake a stick at this is where you should stay. We will definitely go back in the future.
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