Romantic Places in Germany
Facing oceanside, this Hanseatic city-state “the Venice of the North” became wealthy through maritime trade and continues to prosper today. Hamburg is lined with canals and built around two charming lakes.
German North Sea Islands / SyltThese rugged North Sea Friesan islands provide a perfect balance between the natural and man-made world. The chic island of Sylt is known for its rugged cliffs, white sand beaches, howling winds and powerful waves that, according to the vacationing Thomas Mann, make you feel fully alive.
Strandstrasse 2 Sylt, Germany
T: +49-4651/8580. 72 rooms; US$ 255-
Elegant and charming 19th century building located next to the town’s casino.
Dorint Söel’ring Hof Hotel
1 Am Sandwall Rantum
T: +49 4651 836 200. 15 rooms. US$ 550-
The manor house’s Michelin starred chef is considered one of Germany’s best. The hotel sits above Rantum’s beach.
German Baltic Sea Islands
Denmark separates German’s rugged North Sea islands from its white sand beach Baltic Sea islands. The calm protected Baltic Sea includes the white-chalked cliff island of Rügen, Germany’s largest island and a favored vacation spot in the olden days for East Germany’s political elite.
BerlinGermany’s capital city.
Schlosshotel Im Grunewald
T: +49 49308 95840. 53 rooms. US$ 290-
Former pre-war aristocratic villa located in a leafy residential area near the Grunewald forest. This luxurious romantic hotel contains a mix of antiques and contemporary decor.
LeipzigGoethe called the old-world university town of Leipizg “a little Paris”. The city where Bach composed, Goethe wrote and Martin Luther debated.
8 Trondlinring Strasse
T: +49-341 1400. 92 rooms. $188-
Neo-classical hotel furnished with neo-Biedermeier furniture.
T: +49 6173 70101. US$ 315-
Hidden in the Tannus woods, a few miles outside of Frankfurt, this baronial castle retreat was built by Empress Friedrich (daughter of Queen Victoria and the mother of Kaiser Wilhelm). Her family’s portraits, paintings and furniture are still here.
Der Schafhof Amorbach
T: +49 9373 97330. US$ 160-
Der Schafhof is located in the heart of the beautiful Bavarian Odenwald near the town of Amorbach where leading 18th century architects created the world famous baroque and roccoco buildings which still characterize the town today. A former Benedictine Abbey, Der Schafhof is now a place of relaxation and quality for the discerning guest.
T: +49 68 368 070. US$130-
The heir to the Villeroy & Boch cermanics company transformed the family’s centuries-old manor house into a stylish German romantic hotel complete with stables, tree-lined paths and traditional German prints.
One of the most romantic places in Germany, the Baden Württemberg region includes the wildly beautiful Black Forest, pretty Lake Constance, Stuttgart, the university towns of Heidelberg and Tubingen, and the spa town of Baden-Baden.
Wald & Schlosshotel Friedrichsruhe
T: +49 7941 60870. 44 rooms. US$ 180-
18th century baronial hunting lodge on lovely landscaped grounds in the bucolic Jagst River Valley.
BavariaAnother romantic place in Germany is Bavaria with its quaint cottages, folk traditions, fairytale castles and Germany’s winter and summer-time wonderland: the Bavarian Alps.
Lake Constance, BavariaPretty Lake Constance, where the romantic Rhine river flows towards the Black Forest.
T: +49 83 82406403. 30 rooms. US$ 150-
Located in Lindau, an island on Lake Constance, this waterside family owned inn has views of the Alps. Lindau’s seaside village contains gothic, baroque and renaissance buildings.
Munich, BavariaThe capital of Bavaria, known for its charming car-free medieval district, the Marienplatz, and its annual Christkindlmart and Ocktoberfest celebrations.
Hotel Pension Mariandl
Munich D-80336 Germany
T: +49 89 534-108. 29 rooms. US$ 116- (ask for room w/private baths)
Lots of character, charming, quirky and located in a faded grandeur neo-Gothic building.
Bavaria’s 2nd city has a rich brewing and beer tradition, a magnificent Holy Roman Empire castle and a celebrated Christkindlmart.
Hotel Drei Raben
T: +49 911 274380
Quirky boutique hotel with rooms based on different figures, myths and stories from Nuremburg’s history. Guests describe it as cool, unpretentious, artistic, whimsical and sophisticatedly modern.
Enjoy Wagner, 24/7, in this town located in northeast Bavaria. Stay in the car-free historic district.
Hotel Goldener Anker
T:+49 (0) 921/6 50 51. 35 rooms. US$ 105-
Located in the historic baroque district near the opera house, the hotel’s guest list includes Nietzche, Tchaikovsky and Mark Twain. The same family has owned and managed this pleasant hotel since the 16th century.