We really enjoyed staying at the Schwarzer Baer during our January trip to Wittenberg! First, the one bad thing - no elevator, so getting to our room involved 4 flights of stairs. Other than that we have no complaints. The location is right on the Schlossstrasse, only a few steps from the Schlosskirche (where Luther is buried), the Rathaus, and Luther's Church. Lutherhaus and Melanchthonhaus are about a kilometer away - a great walk in the summer, but we admit to taking a taxi due to the cold! The rooms are spacious by European standards, and the bathrooms excellent. The beds are very comfortable. Our room was right on the street - I can see where this might be a problem during tourist season, what with street noise. Most of the rooms however do not have windows that open onto the front street. The breakfast was wonderful - typically German with outstanding bread, cheese, and cold meats, but there were also some blood sausages and liverwurst (corn flakes available for the faint of heart!) Right below the hotel is the Kartoffelhaus Restaurant, which is a must. There I had the most incredible potato blinis and caviar ever! There isn't a 24 hour desk, but again we didn't find this a problem. Right across the street is the Cafe San Marco, which has great coffee and hot chocolate - especially important if you are crazy enough to travel to Germany in the winter. The Schwarzer Baer was a great experience, and we recommend it.
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