My wife is from Rothenburg, but we have no more family there, so now stay in hotels when we visit. Several trips ago we stayed at the Meistertrunk, and loved it, settling on it as our Rothenburg home away from home. When booking for a trip this October, we were surprised to see a name change to The BurgGartenpalais, but booked anyway, assuming the best possible. And it was. The Meistertrunk had been purchased by the same couple who own and run the Burg Hotel. The family has a long and distinguished background in the hotel business in Rothenburg, and adding The Meistertrunk to their holdings is a benefit to them and the public both.
Still the same fine place, but the owners are already working on positive changes. For example, we always stay in Room 3 overlooking the street. On one trip, our daughter was with us and stayed in a small but comfortable room next to #3. Had to break it to her that her old room is now the foyer of #3, which has been expanded, redecorated and is now the largest room in the hotel. A perfect room for a several-day stay, particularly for old fuds like us, who do not go out at night, but stay in the room after a day of hiking about, downloading the day's photos, doing Internet and reading.
Great kitchen: lunches and dinners were fine in an outstanding setting. And the breakfasts are as good as they get. And the breakfast room is one of the finest we have been in from a decor standpoint; it is easy to slip into the mental role of a mediaeval Rothenburger while sitting there.
Free Wi-Fi, inexpensive on-site parking, and a super location on the Herrngasse next to the Burg Garden. The owners assured us that - since their puchase of the facility - they have updated and upgraded much, and that is a continuing program. Our room was just one example of their efforts. A highly recommended location.
A note about Rothenburg: to those of you who have been there once, or have only heard about, it can seem to be a real tourist trap. Seems like every tour in the world stops there, and the streets are teeming with gawkers looking at souvenir shops and Christmas trinket purveyors. DON'T let this bother you. Go in the off-season, stay overnight and enjoy when the day trippers are gone - or just look over everybody and enjoy a rare sight. The city is a jewel, a living museum, a fortuitous assemblage of brick and mortar that defies description, but always delights. Take two walks a day in the Burg Garden - morning and evening. Don't miss the Reichsstadt Museum, marvel at the Riemenschneider altar in the St. Jacobs Church, walk the walls, check out the fortifications. If you have a car, do day trips; visit Dinklesbuehl for sure. Seek other small towns of note. Whatever you do - enjoy. It's easy to do there. We've been doing it for 50 years and still marvel at what we see and find. And enjoy the BurgGarten Palais Hotel. We will again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is not difficult to find a room for the nights in Rothenburg. One of the loveliest is to be found in the Herrngasse. It goes without saying that to live in a building from the Middle Ages has its attractions. Not luxurious, perhaps, but very comfortable, yet homely in the best sense. The atmosphere is welcoming and friendly, so that an enjoyable stay is assurd. One of the oldest nobleman`s house with individual and stylish interior. ... more less
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