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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 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.
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.
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.