Discover the Best of Germany at These Top Inns, Hotels

Fairy tale castles, acres of scenic countryside, charming villages and much more await travelers to Germany. From the enchanting sites of Bavaria to the charming wine regions of the Rhine and Mosel, you’ll spend many a happy day exploring during your German vacation.

Most visitors to Germany spend at least a few days in Bavaria and its main city of Munich and with good reason. Bavaria, with its fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein, picturesque villages and beer gardens, museums and fine shopping, offers plenty to do and see, and the scenery is enchanting. Other fun excursions include a trip through the Rhone and Mosel wine regions, which include famous cities such as Frankfurt, as well as castles and wineries. Another choice might be to explore eastern and central Germany, with a stop in Berlin.

On her popular travel website, writer Karen Brown suggests several interesting itineraries for travelers to Germany. She offers detailed descriptions of various regions, as well as driving directions and suggested pacing. In addition to this helpful information, her readers also have voted and chosen the following inns and hotels as Germany’s best lodging experiences:

With its cheerful yellow exterior, tucked on a quiet residential street, the Hotel Bulow Residenz is a hidden gem just across the river from the main part of Dresden. The elegant setting has earned this boutique hotel the Karen Brown Readers’ Choice Award as the “Most Romantic” hotel in Germany. The restaurant, The Caroussel, has held a Michelin star rating for more than a decade and is an excellent spot for a formal dinner. The hotel also has a cozy bar tucked in the old wine cellar, and guests often enjoy breakfast, an afternoon cup of coffee or a glass of champagne in the ivy-covered courtyard.

Travelers flock to Rothenberg, a medieval town enclosed by ramparts, turrets and walls, to experience its history and fairy tale charm. But a visit to this enchanting village would not be complete without a stay at the Romantik Hotel Markusturm. The historic hotel was built in 1264 as a toll house and is absolutely filled with Old World German ambiance. Guest rooms are eclectic, filled with a mix of old and modern, including quaint touches such as a baby’s cradle in one guest room. Hosts Lilo and Stephan Berger infuse this hotel with their warmth, from Lilo’s welcoming dcor to the delicious meals served by Stephan. The hotel won the Karen Brown Readers’ Choice Award for Germany’s “Warmest Welcome.”

At Gasthaus Die Krone, visitors enjoy comfortable accommodations, excellent food and warm hospitality-all at a reasonable price. The hotel, located in the Black Forest village of Staufen, was named by Karen Brown readers as Germany’s “Greatest Value.” Guest rooms are simply decorated with light pine furnishings and beds topped with soft pillows and crisp, white comforters. The hotel’s restaurant is housed in two rooms and features wainscoting and country curtains, infusing it with plenty of German charm. The guest house is located in Staufen’s pedestrian-only area, so you’ll enjoy the quiet and avoid the noises from cars and buses.

The Hotel Benen-Diken-Hof offers both a unique location and all the amenities of a full-service resort. The hotel is the recipient of the Karen Brown Readers’ Choice Award for Germany’s best “Splendid Splurge.” It is located on Sylt, a sand-dune island in the northernmost portion of Germany. Several farmhouses comprise the hotel, all connected by glass corridors. There are plenty of different room options, and this is an excellent place for families. The hotel has a babysitting service, as well as a room full of toys and a children’s program. The restaurant serves breakfast until 1 p.m., so guests can take their time heading out in the mornings. There is a sauna and swimming pool, and you can even book a massage.

Tess Kirkpatrick is fond of writing about boutique hotels in Germany and other travel destinations. For more information on travel in Germany or for comprehensive Germany itinerary details, check out the Karen Brown online guide today.

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