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Hotel Wilder Mann: A glimpse back to a more graceful age
We chose to stay at Hotel Wilder Mann primarily because my parents-in-law had stayed there 40 years ago and had spoken favourably about its lakeshore location. At the time, we had a two year old child, and in hindsight, it was entirely the wrong choice of hotel for us - which doesn't mean that it isn't a splendid location for people whose circumstances are different to our own.
Hotel Wilder Mann is located on the lake shore, right by the quay where the ferry docks, which is nice and convenient (especially considering at Meersburg slopes very steeply away from the lake).
The hotel building is apparently over 400 years old, and is a pleasing piece of architecture, decorated with lovely murals. However, maybe because of restrictions on altering historic buildings, there was no lift (at least when we visited in 2005), and our room was on the 3rd floor, which meant lugging our daughter, her pushchair and all our other paraphernalia up the (admittedly very beautiful) staircase several times a day. Entirely our fault for not checking something so basic, and not a mistake that we will make again, but worth bearing in mind if you have limited mobility - especially as this hotel attracts a clientele that comprises quite a lot of elderly people.
I don't remember much about the food, except that it was pleasant and plentiful.
The hotel's chief selling point is its stunning location, which has been further enhanced by the establishment of a breathtaking rose garden. Roses are fra from being my favourite flowers, but regardless of personal preference, it is the ultimate romantic garden, and is the perfect place to retire with a good book and a cold drink on a hot day. As you linger on the terrace in the evening, looking over the lake to the mountains beyond, the scent of roses envelopes you, and the atmosphere is wonderful.
The other absolutely amazing feature of the hotel is the Tanzpavilion (dance pavilion). This is the sort of thing that features in 1930s novels, but I don't think that I've actually ever seen one of these before - and certainly never expected to stumble across one that is in daily use in the season (June - October)! It evokes the era of tea dances for the leisured classes, and is like stepping back in time to the interwar period: absolutely extraordinary.
The hotel publicity mentions that it is possible to swim in the lake from the hotel grounds. It is indeed possible, but this doesn't necessarily mean that it's easy! To access the lake, you have to trek through the garden, descend some steps and inch your way along a narrow ledge before you can get to the water. Even during a heatwave, the water was icy (not surprising, I suppose, considering the amount of glacial meltwater discharging into the lake) - great for a refreshing dip, but not conducive to idle wallowing!
- Reviews: 79
Ferienwohnungen - (Pensions): Private accomodations
Throughout the 3 weeks we toured germany by car, we chose to stay in private Pensions which are very common all over Germany. Clean, fully equipped and very reasonable (as low as 25 euros for 2 people during off-season) they can be found and reserved via internet as well they are listed with local tourist offices. In german they are called "Ferienwohnung(en)" and to escape seperate cleaning charges usually a minimum of 3 nights stay is asked for.
Personal contact with people who live there and can provide excellent tips regarding local excursions.
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