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Alpenhotel Wittelsbach
Ranked #2 of 18 Hotels in Ruhpolding
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 21, 2014

We spent a week in the hotel in August 2014 and had a fantastic time. We booked the special anniversary package and stayed in the panaramic viewed suite on the top floor.
Marcus and Anja, and all the staff, were so warm and welcoming and definitely added to our stay experience.
The village of Ruhpolding is deliteful with plenty to do in the area. We ate in the restaurant and the food was excellent with the breakfasts offering a good continental choice and the evening meals showcasing local Bavarian dishes, beautifully presented.
We will definitely return, probably in winter to see the mountains in their winter dressing.
This is one of the best hotels I have stayed in for atmosphere and ambience, a truly beautiful setting and an ideal pplace to visit and use as a base for discovering Bavaria.

Room Tip: Speak to Marcus and Anja. The level of detail and personel service is something difficult to find in...
  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2014

We spent 8 nights at the Wittelsbach as part of out holiday to Bavaria. As we were travelling independently and had started our holiday in Munich, we had been looking for somewhere that we could travel to easyily by train. The Wittelsbach in Ruhpolding fitted the bill being in the centre of the village and a few minutes walk from the train station. Marcus and Anja are great hosts and very welcoming and all the staff we encountered at the hotel were friendly and professional. We stayed in a family lodge suite overlooking the garden which was very spacious. It's very unusual to find such a quality room capable of accomodating 4 (and could take 5) in a family-run hotel rather than a big chain hotel. The village is lovely and there is plenty to do in the local area - make good use of the Xtra card you will be given when you check-in. We were half-board at the hotel and the quality was very good and nothing seemed too much trouble for them. I would highly recommend the Wittelsbach

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank Andrew D
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Reviewed August 17, 2014

We have just returned from 2 weeks holiday at the wittelsbach our second visit.The hotel is lovely ,Marcus and Anja and all their staff are all wonderful nothing is too much trouble .There are lovely walks all around the area all well sign posted .we will be returning .

  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank y0rkie61
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Reviewed August 16, 2014

A very good find in bavaria (not germany - i did remember!). The hotel is very central to the village, five minutes to the bus and train station. The staff are amazing , Marcus and Anya are the perfect hosts, and Marcus is very entertaining ! The waiter and waitresses are also lovely and very helpfull. There is plenty to do in the area , make full use of the xtra card. We will hopefully return in the future.

4  Thank 105charlie
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Reviewed August 14, 2014

Just returned from a 5 day stay at Alpenhotel Wittelsbach. Lovely hotel, rooms clean and tidy (although decor a bit strange - our room obviously hadn't been refurbished yet), excellent modern bathroom with fantastic rain shower and lots of nice fluffy towels and slippers. Rooms do not have balconies, our room had a view of adjacent hotel. Food very good - fresh produce served in the mornings, varied dinner menu, tried the vegetarian option a couple of times but found it to be dry and bland. A washing machine and tumble dryer can be used by guests for 1 euro. Guests can eat in the garden if weather good, making for a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. the garden has a small play area although some of the play equipment is rather worn. Guests are sometimes expected to share tables which some may find awkward. Staff very efficient and pleasant, especially Regina. Excellent variety of high quality teas. Marcus and Anja do work very hard, and have put considerable investment into refurbishing the hotel.

Whilst we enjoyed our stay, we found the atmosphere to be too formal, and felt we were expected to adapt to the rules of the hotel. Upon settling our bill at check out, we had the unpleasant experience of Anja's domineering personality. We were given our bill for our stay which included extras incurred during the week. Before having time to check through all that was included, Anja demanded that I enter my credit card pin number. When I took a minute to very quickly scan the bill, she raged at us that we had wasted paper on her credit card machine and she would have to input again, flapping her arms about like a spoilt child. I noticed that we had been charged for drinks which we most definitely had not received. Anja demanded to know why we hadn't signed our drinks tab each evening - I replied that I didn't realise this was required and she snapped that of course that was standard procedure. However, as we pointed out we had after all sat at the same table every night (as assigned to us) and assumed any drinks would be charged to our room. I had even shown our room key fob to the waiter who nodded acknowledgement but still we were never asked to sign an invoice After much to do, Anja eventually relented, angrily amending the bill. We have traveled considerably but thankfully have never experienced this sort of treatment before from hotel staff. The previous day I noted another guest checking out had a similar discrepancy with their drinks bill, although Marcus settled the dispute in a much more gracious manner.

Rupholding is a delightful town with loads to do, we could have easily filled another week with activities. The Extra card which seems to be given free to the guests of all holiday accommodation is excellent, giving 3 hours free access to the local swimming complex with its fab wave pool, one free trip on the cable car and entry to the Fairy Park and various museums.

In conclusion, we would definitely return to Rupholding, and whilst the
Alpenhotel Wittlesbach is a lovely hotel, we feel it is not for us, and will be investigating the many other accommodation options in the town.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 3, 2014

Over the last ten months we've kept a close eye on the Tripadvisor reviews for the Wittelsbach Hotel and now, having stayed with Anja and Marcus for a week, we can understand why it receives such high praise.
Anja, Marcus and the staff work hard to ensure all their guests have the best stay possible. My wife is intolerant to a number of different foods, which can make life very miserable especially when on holiday as it's difficult to work out what's safe for her to eat. We informed Crystal in advance and gave them a list of foods which were likely to cause problems. They, in turn, passed the list on to the hotel and the chef provided meals which my wife could eat. They were even good enough to provide oat milk at breakfast so that she could eat cereal or muesli. We got the impression that going the 'extra mile' isn't unusual for the staff at this hotel.
We had a garden room, which had a view of the mountains through the french windows, and a view of the church from the bathroom window. The room was spacious, comfortable and clean. The complementary tea making facilities, soap, shower gel, tissues and slippers were a nice touch. There were plenty of hangers in the wardrobe, and enough drawer and shelf space. The beds and pillows were very comfortable, and it was nice to have duvets. We had a large bath with a shower over, which suited us perfectly.
There was plenty of choice for breakfast, and it varied during our seven night stay. There were some staples such as meats, cheeses, cereals, muesli, yogurts, fresh fruit and breads, some of the hot dishes changed such as sausages, baked beans, bacon and eggs served in a variety of different ways. There were cakes and quite a number of different savoury dishes as well. So much to choose from, one felt well spoilt.
The evening meal consisted of soup to start, then help yourself at the salad bar (which always had a good selection of salad veg), the main course and then dessert. We were not served the same thing twice during our stay, and each meal was delicious. We had a bbq one evening where we sat outdoors on the patio in the warm evening sun and a fish and chip evening, which was also eaten outdoors.
The hotel is well situated within the town. Ruhpolding is lovely. It's clean and tidy as in no graffiti, no chewing gum stuck to the pavements and no dog poop and there's no antisocial behaviour, or at least none that we saw. You can venture out at night and feel safe. The football world cup was on whilst we were there and we didn't hear any rowdy celebrating or drunks.
Most people we met were very polite, and greeted us even though we were strangers. My sister-in-law and her husband, who were holidaying with us, encountered one unpleasant person in a shop not far from the hotel called Mode Fenster. This shop sells textiles and other tourist bits. It was a very hot day, 34C, and my sister-in-law took a sip of water from a bottle she was carrying in her bag before attempting to enter this shop. She was just putting the bottle back into her bag, when the shop owner came out and started shouting at her in German. The owner realised that she wasn't making herself understood and switched to English. She accused my sister-in-law of stealing cushions from the display outside her store and putting them in her bag, and demanded to see inside her bag.
Of course she didn't find any cushions as none had been taken, but she didn't bother to apologise either. My sister-in-law was left shaken and distressed by the abuse. My wife and I spoke to another shop owner about it, and were told that it's not unusual for that particular shop owner to behave in that way. Thankfully, this was a one off as all the other shops we went into we were greeted politely with smiles.
The Extra Card, which the hotel gives you, is brilliant. Although, I would advise other travellers to do plenty of research before going to Ruhpolding to get the best from their holiday. The reason being, we're not sure if it's cheaper and just as easy to do some trips like Munich, Salzburg and Chiemsee yourself using the Bayern ticket for the trains, especially if there are four or more in a group. We found that on the set trips the bus driver gave a commentary in German, but there was nothing in English. Surely with today's technology it would be a simple process to put all the commentary on a cd or memory stick in a variety of different languages played out en route so that all the passengers can understand what is being said.
If you stay with Thomsons or Crystal, then the walk around Ruhpolding to get your bearings is a very good idea. It's also a good idea to buy the map. We were less than impressed with the Farmers Walk. We like to look around us and take photos which, with the pace we were expected to keep to, was literally impossible. We were constantly at the back of the pack and would have dropped out, but for the fact we weren't really in a position to do so. None of us are unfit, but we do enjoy drinking in the scenery and our surroundings and therefore this wasn't the right sort of walk for us as there wasn't time to do that.
Lake Chiemsee is an absolute must whether you do the trip on your own, or sign up to the Thomson/Crystal one. The palace and the palace grounds on Herrenchiemsee are incredibly beautiful. Ensure you allow plenty of time to explore the whole of this island. We didn't as we loitered over lunch on Fraueninsel, which is where we were advised to eat. We discovered that the palace operates timed tours with a guide, and it's a fair twenty minute walk to the palace from the ticket office which is close to the boat terminal. It might have helped if our tour bus had arrived a lot earlier, as most of the morning had gone before we really had time to do anything. It means running to a fairly tight schedule to get the best out of the day.
The Woodcutter museum is worth looking around, and we combined this with a trip on the Rauschbergbahn cable car. We recommend eating in the restaurant at the foot of the cable car. We were late arriving for lunch, having walked from the woodcutter museum, and the lady was still more than happy to serve us even though she was cleaning up. It was a very good meal too.
The Bavarian Hut Night, organised by the Wittelsbach, was excellent. Food, fun, music and laughter, and the photo's to prove it.
The area around Ruhpolding is excellent for walking or mountain biking. This is definitely a place where one week's stay isn't enough, and two weeks might not be quite enough either.
To answer the most important question as to whether we would return to this hotel, the answer is a most definite YES!

Room Tip: Rooms facing the garden are quieter, and have lovely views of the mountains.
  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank jacaw
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Reviewed August 2, 2014

We stayed here for 1 week, but would have loved to have stayed longer, there really is so much to see and do.

Impressed with the hotel, you get a good standard of hotel, slap bang in the middle of the town. With an 11 year old boy I can state the room was great, a family suite, whereby the lounge area had a single 'camp' style bed, curtained off from the main room. He loved it because he had his own window and the TV!

For us adults the food was brilliant, not so great for a child who isn't very adventurous with tastes. However, there was always enough to eat and ours, thankfully, didn't moan too much. We did enjoy the laid back approach to both breakfast and dinner, although the half board fixed dinner menu was very repetitive and if you're not a big meat eater I'm not sure how inspired you'd be by the vegetarian option.

Overall we couldn't fault any part of our stay, it is true, the check in is easy, the hotel is in a great location, the garden is great for a lazy moment, the pets (very laid back cats and the dog) give a homely feel and the room is a great size.

One final thing, they serve the best tea outside of the UK at breakfast, fact!

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank Cat E
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Address: Hauptstr. 48, 83324 Ruhpolding, Bavaria, Germany
Location: Germany > Bavaria > Upper Bavaria > Ruhpolding
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Ruhpolding
#2 Luxury Hotel in Ruhpolding
Price Range: $131 - $182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Alpenhotel Wittelsbach 4*
Number of rooms: 32
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