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“Pleasant 20 minute walk to heritage village of Fussen”
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Hotel Helmerhof
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Schwangau
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Sydney, Australia
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156 reviews
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“Pleasant 20 minute walk to heritage village of Fussen”
Reviewed 20 July 2013

We needed an interesting pleasant place to stay enroute from the Dolomiti to Frankfurt and this hotel in this location fitted our needs. We had a view of the Neuschwanstein castle from our balcony and enjoyed a very tasty meal at the restaurant in the Hotel Helmerhof. We were able to park our car at the back door to unload our luggage before parking in the free hotel car park across the road. The wifi worked well and only had to enter the password on our initial login. After dinner, the receptionist who spoke English better than our German, showed us on the map how to walk into Fussen. It was a pleasant 20 minute walk there and we found a lovely heritage village to walk around.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

The Hotel Helmerhof is in distance of one mile from the castles. The Hotel can be conveniently reached by car, but it is difficult to reach by public transport. It is situated in a calm area. Free parking is available.
Some of the rooms offer a view on Castle Neuschwanstein which is very far away, probably not worth the extra money. For the price of well over € 100.- for deluxe room on BB, more could be expected. The room is comfortable and clean, equipped with good bedding, a small desk which is totally obstructed by the LCD TV. A settee with a small table is placed near the window. The bathroom with shower cabin and toilet was inacceptable and claustrophobic small, in addition with inefficient ventilation. The Wi-Fi connection was unstable and slow making it useless.
The food in the restaurant was good and it seems to be popular also with local guests. The selection of smaller meals typical to the Bavaria cuisine is limited. The breakfast buffet was richly garnished. Scrambled and soft boiled eggs are kept in a food warmer. When we asked for fried eggs with bacon, our request was taken rather discontently.
Considering the entire stay, the hotel is well appointed, but I was rather unimpressed about the value for money ratio. Worse is the cruel lack of the factor of well being and warnth of hospitaly that we generally experience in Bavaria.

Room Tip: Some of the bath rooms are uncomfotably small.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Roswell, Georgia, USA
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Reviewed 18 April 2013

Just by my subject line, you know we had the best stay of our lives . The first time at the Helmerhof was the summer of 1999. We simply booked here, due to the location and proximity to the Neuschwanstein and Schwangau castles. It was a stab in the dark, but our family certainly enjoyed every single second and it offered up not only a good home base, so we could visit Fuessen, but also Oberammergau, too. The hotel is sort of situated in a country setting just outside of Fuessen, but the impressive castles are in view from the hotel.

Our second trip to this area was the summer of 2006. This time our children were older with one married who came along to show her husband Germany, plus our favorite hotel in the entire country of Germany. Again, it was no dissappointment. The staff is friendly and very helpful in every way possible to assure you of a good and pleasurable time not only at their hotel, but to offer up suggestions of the best way to see the sights. Each time we stayed we got a little apartment that offered a two bedrooms, one good-size bathroom, and a nice little living room (plus TV) area complete with a little stove and refrigerator should you wish to have lunch in the room. The balcony was a plus, because you want to be a part of this magnificent place and to sit and just enjoy. It is certainly to me the closest I can get to heaven when I look out and see the towering mountains and also a view of the castles. The restaurant offers up some of the BEST food of which, my husband is still talking about to this day. His goulash put a smile on his face that I will never forget and my son-in-law still reminds me of our delicious meal of Wiener schnitzel with delicious white asparagus.

While staying here we felt like we were a part of the locals. Hard to describe, but it was such an accommodating place you just feel like you are part of the family. It's not a city hotel, but a country one and that was what we wanted. It's our own little secret place that we love to stay at and we will ALWAYS come back when we book our next trip to Germany. I promise.

P.S. I had to select May 2012 as the time I traveled, but as I wrote it was both in 1999 and 2006...hmmm...seems like another trip is due for us.

Room Tip: We chose the apartment for a bit more room and place where our children could move about and enjoyed...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Annapolis
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

We were on a 21 day motorcycle trip through Bavaria and Salzburg, Austria. We made no reservations and had good luck with all of our hotels. Hotel Helmhof had beautiful views of Neuschwanstein castle and beautiful sunrises in the morning. Clean, friendly attmosphere and great food. They also offer massages and hot stone therepy. The room was spacious and the bed was soft and comfortable. The balcony was lined with red flowers. I had to pick a date below but our trip was actually in August 2007.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hanover, New Hampshire
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49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2012

Book an upper floor (2nd or 3rd) with view toward castle (Neuschwanstein). Very good value, excellent breakfast included, very clean, spacious rooms. Center of town, very convenient for castle touring.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2012

The hotel was in a great location. We had three rooms, one of which had a view of Neuschwanstein. The beds were as comfortable as I've found in a European hotel. The dinner in the restaurant was outstanding. The rooms were a good size, and the shower was very nice. They provided us with the toiletries you would normally find in a more expensive hotel. They have free parking, which is a big plus for me. Breakfast was good.

There is no AC in the rooms. Our double room was fine, because we were on the 2nd floor (in American terms), so we could leave our window/door open to our porch. The two single rooms were on the ground floor, and so they didn't want to leave the outside door open. They got pretty sweaty, especially since there was a rain storm which made it very humid. Since they are in the country, there isn't a whole lot of choice for food, unless you want to drive elsewhere. While the restaurant was delicious, it wasn't for the budget traveler. Check out doesn't start until 7:30, and breakfast doesn't start until 7:45, which makes it difficult if you want to get to the castle ticket office first thing in the morning. They also had difficulty with one of our American credit cards. So, you need to have more than one option for payment, just in case your first choice doesn't work. We also had a lot of trouble with the wifi.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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86 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2011

Having spent a few days south of Innsbruck, we made our way through the towering alps to end the day in the small Bavarian town of Schwangau, with two objectives: visit Neuschwanstein (that was great!) and spend an evening in the nearby thermal spa (not so great! - reviewed under attractions.) This inn is located in a residential neighborhood - nearly drove by it before we noticed the sign. Clearly a family run business as a dirndl clad girl, perhaps eleven years old, checked us in before an older employee showed us our room on the second floor, squeaky stairs and tight corners adding to the ambiance. Our room was small, but charming, appointed with simply but sweet furnishings (and even a chocolate on the pillow.)

Compared to other breakfasts we've had at similar places, we thought the spread was a little sparse. And the mood was ruined somewhat by four young German men at the next table, apparently out for a boys skiing weekend, and already haven't a noisily good time at 8:00 in the morning. The "frau" of the establishment admonished them at least twice until the finally folded up and left.

The inn is well located to exploring the area, though you would certainly need a car, or at least a bicycle during the summer. (Nearly a foot of snow on the ground during our visit in January.) We would certainly stay again should we find ourselves in the area.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Helmerhof
Address: Frauenbergstr. 9, 87645 Schwangau, Bavaria, Germany
Region: Germany > Bavaria > Upper Bavaria > Schwangau
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Schwangau
#7 Romantic Hotel in Schwangau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Helmerhof 3*
Number of rooms: 35
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