• Walking in Sauerland, Germany.

    Want to
    get away for a couple of days and left it until the last moment to arrange something? Isidorus Bed & Breakfast might offer a solution. It offers an all-inclusive walking package - route information, maps, packed lunch. Just show up and walk. The three day variant costs Euro 110 p.p.

    Isidorus B&B.

    Isidorus is situated in the village of Groenebach. It's pretty, but there are no facilities. No shops, no restaurants. It is however, only 5 km from Winterberg a larger, touristy town and there are a couple of restaurants closer by - one within walking distance (approx. 2 km).

    Inge and Erwin were friendly and welcoming. The rooms were decorated in bright colours - poppy red chairs sizzled against scintillating lemon walls making the tangerine and lime-green bed-linen seem tame in comparison. The room was natural - lots of wood - and simple, but more than adequate. (Two easy chairs, a coffee table, a small flat-screen TV (but no English channels). Neat, clean, cheerful. The place seemed to have been put together with love and care. The bathroom was massive - but it was stark - there was absolutely nothing in it - not even soap or a hand-towel. There were four rooms upstairs which meant the bathroom serviced eight people - it could be quite busy in the morning. All the wooden floors and the emptiness of the bathroom also caused quite some noise, but it was quiet at night. A big plus was the converted stable building - which functioned as a lounge and breakfast room. There was also a mini-bar and wine, beer and soft drinks are offered on an honesty payment basis. Breakfast was adequate. Fresh rolls, meat and cheese and a boiled egg - quantities were small, but was more provided on request.
    The Walks.

    A great advantage to be able to walk directly from the B&B. Inge provided good information and suggested a variety of routes - pointing out an alternative option for one day which by-passed steep descents.
    All walks were lovely, reasonably easy - approx. 17 - 19 km.
    Quite a variety of scenery - woods, open moorland, rolling hills and small villages with black-and-white houses.
    On the third day Erwin provided a lift to the start-point of the walk.

    Restaurants.

    Kupferpfanne. Am Waltenberg 24, 59955 Winterberg.
    An informal stuebe - 'gemuetlich'. Good food and very large portions. It was impossible to finish everything. Typical German fare - goulasch, pork, steak, noodles and 'kartoffelen'. Very reasonable price - Euro 13.50-17.50 for a main. One vegetarian dish was only Euro 7.90.

    Heide Hotel Hildfeld. OHG. 59955 Winterberg-Hildfeld.
    This hotel was at the end of the first day's walk. The terrace afforded gorgeous views of the valley. It appeared to be a great spot for dinner. Reservations weren't necessary - there were no other guests. Sadly the meal was disapointing. The steak was clearly off. Reluctantly and after some negotiatian the manager offered a discount. The other two meals ordered were fine.

    Blitz. Das Schnitzelhaus. Kapperlundweg 4, 59955 Winterberg.
    If it's schnitzel you want, this is the place for it - huge pieces of meat, and many, many schnitzels to choose from. Again, very reasonable price - approx. Euro 13 per plate.

    All in all, this was a good break. Good B&B, (Euro 22 p.p. per night), pleasant, easy walks and great food.