Our favorite type of lodging is a nicely appointed Gasthaus. We love the warmth one feels upon entering the bar or restaurant and seeing the patrons enjoying camaraderie over a beer or a meal. I’m at home in these places.
Finding a nicely appointed Gasthaus in lively little town, and finding one within a two-minute’s walk from the shops is “icing on the cake”. This is what you will find in Bad Reichenhall at the Wieninger Schwabenbrau.
Hotels in German spa towns can be a bit “stuffy” if you are staying at the big 4 star places and Bad Reichenhall has a ton of big, cold, snobbish hotels, but only one Wieninger Schwabenbrau. The warmth of the wood and candlelight in the restaurant is only exceeded by the warmth of the staff. You feel like you have fallen back into your grandmother’s arms when you check into this gasthaus. This place is a cute as a bug’s ear!
The guest rooms are nicely appointed as well. Two freshly plumped feather beds greeted us and our windows looked out on a scenic mountaintop. The bathroom had plenty of space for my “Lady” to lay out all of her tool kits, and still have room left for my toothbrush. A nice shower, plenty of light, and space to hang out a few things … perfection!
The staff was always dressed in typical Bavarian dress, tasteful, not overdone; the menus are available in English upon request, the food to die for and the bier fresh and promptly served. Breakfast is huge; I can find no other word. Coffee plentiful and fabulous, fresh breads, fresh jams and preserves, 3 or 4 kinds of cheese, several choices of meats, a wide selection of cereals with milk, and yogurt, soft boiled eggs, a big beaker of orange juice, and a cute girl in a dirndl waiting to bring you more!
Evening meals are lively and reservations are recommended. Seems the place fills fast around 1800 and is romping for hours. You can find a quiet corner in the restaurant and watch folks enjoying their food and friends, or sit in the bar and enjoy the gaiety of Bavarian style eating and drinking. Festive but not too loud and all in a delightful and attractive smoke FREE atmosphere. Prost!
One of the things I love most about staying in a German Gasthaus is most are family owned and the people running the places really care about the welfare of the guests. The staff is always trying to be helpful and routinely recommend places to go and things to see nearby. Wieninger Schwabenbrau was no different. They pointed out a local bierfest, and some places to go dancing, as well as places for a drive. The stuffy hotels never do this. Give a featherbed and a Gashouse every time. Honey. I’m home!
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