We travelled here from Rothenburg (down the Romantic Road) in December 2012, for a 1 night stay. It was extremely snowy and the little town appeared to be completely closed. We took a guess as to the location of the hotel – headed for the castle overlooking the town. It was a bit too snowy to get through the castle gate, up the cobbled path, to the top so we parked near the bottom and decided to get out and walk to explore. There was absolutely no one around – it was extremely quiet and there didn’t appear to be an obvious hotel entrance! It was very surreal. We eventually stumbled along the cafe/hotel entrance; it was quite basic and cold with a lot of dark wood around (fairly old-fashioned). There was an unfortunate smell of cafe/stale cigarettes (this permeated the whole place).
We stayed in the tower room – unfortunately it was a little cold as they hadn’t expected us to arrive so early (a lot of heat disappeared from the little tower windows, and the lower area of the room remained cooler, but it warmed up greatly during the night and was quite toasty). The bed was in a lower area and there was a small upper area with a table and chairs etc. and a teeny shower room with toilet (very basic). Unfortunately there was no wifi and no English speaking tv channels. We had a small walk in the snow and a quick drive around the town but, sadly, there didn’t seem to be an awful lot to do. We felt a little isolated.
On the plus side, it was a unique experience and the staff were lovely and accommodating (ask for a hairdryer and they’re happy to give you one). We had an early meal in the restaurant downstairs (weren’t sure where else to go!) where they had obviously made a huge effort with our table decorations (with free chocolates etc.) – it was a good choice (and appeared to be very popular with the locals). It had great service and the food was equally good (especially for the price) – the dessert of waffles, cherries and icecream was the best.
We don’t think there were many people staying in the hotel while we were there so it was nice and quiet. When we booked the tower room there was a note saying we would be ‘sleeping under the stars’. We didn’t quite understand this when we turned up and the room was your usual plastered ceiling (albeit a high one, and in a castle tower). We joked that it would be glow in the dark paint when we turned the lights off which turned out to be correct! But, put in this way would be to undersell what was a nice feature and very well done (staff inform us it was done by a famous Austrian artists and took several weeks). It was definitely a talking point and unique.
In the morning they gave us a lift, with our luggage, down to the parked car (because of the snow) which was very kind of them. Check out time was at 11am. Breakfast was a good selection of usual fare.
- Also Known As:
- Fuerstliche Burgschenke Harburg Bavaria, Germany