The Villa Contessa: Deutschlands kleinstes First Class Hotel is the smallest first class hotel in Germany, and absolutely lovely in its way. I placed this tip under Things To Do instead of hotels because we didn't stay here, although we toured the building and grounds. The staff was extremely friendly and happy we chose to do so. It is an unsual place I thought, rather atypical for a small German town, in that, as my friend said, "It has a rather American feel to it. Certainly the decor is beautiful, but it seems somewhat over done! Why have Greek columns when this is Germany!"
I happened to agreed with her. It reminded me of some of the great mansions in the US when millionaires had sought to emulate the castles and houses of Europe. Certainly the edifices they created were quite grand, but just a trifle too much, too detailed, too many different styles in one building. But each has their own tastes! The Villa Contessa was fun to see, and would be an exquisite place to stay I'm sure, but extremely expensive!
A Single Room at weekdays are 88euro to 118 euro, 118 to 138 on weekends in normal category. Premium and first class suites go up to 268euro per night. Double rooms are from 118 to 208euros, and on weekends up to 388euro per night. Of course, you have the ultimate in service, meals, spa treatments, massages, and amenities!
..And according to my friend, one should not resist their hypnotic voice. Lake Scharmützel and its adjoining waters are the centre of life at Bad Saarow. Riding or walking along its banks is a daily activity for most everyone who lives here. At my friend's house which is directly on the water, each morning one arises and has a swim before breakfast. No need for swimming attire. Simply take a towel and find a likely strand to wade in from.
At this time in early September, the waters were still warm enough to make this quite pleasant. We had not intended on swimming the afternoon were taking photos, so we didn't resist either. Though the algae can be a new experience, and at places, a distraction, it will not harm you, and testers have announced the water is safe for swimming, and its produce for eating. Windsurfers are often seen, or other water sports, canoes, kayaking, fishers.
In winter, the area is just as pleasant, though no possibility for backstroke: the waters freeze completely. It's possible to walk from one side of the lake to the other! Sailboats and pleasure cruise boats are replaced by ice skimmers and windsails. Skinnydippers then sport the necessary layers and skates to glide across the ice.
Around the lake are literally dozens of beaches and area to picnic at, or use for a secluded area. Some have been placed with benches and the like so ones can have a place to rest, but most are just little pebbled strands with fallen logs to sit on, quiet except for nature, or the occasional bikers and walkers who go by. Again...this is a wonderful place for a weekend getaway!
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Alte Eichen 21, Bad Saarow, Brandenburg, 15526, Germany
Good for: Couples
Seestrasse 49, Bad Saarow, Brandenburg, 15526, Germany
Good for: Couples
Parkallee 1, Bad Saarow, Brandenburg, 15526, Germany
Good for: Couples
Alte Strasse 5, Bad Saarow, Brandenburg, 15526, Germany
Good for: Families
Seestrasse 18, Bad Saarow, Brandenburg, 15526, Germany
Good for: Solo
Am See 49, Bad Saarow-Pieskow, 15526, de
Trift 1, Bad Saarow, Brandenburg, 15526, Germany
Seestrasse 49 To 51, Bad Saarow-pieskow 15526
A unique renovation idea in creating this restaurant/cafe: it was formerly a changing house for beach goers. The central building where the kitchen is located was the former entry way, with the dining areas stretching to the left and right where individual changing rooms had been. Walls have been knocked away and smoothed then decorated with turn of the century items such a life preserver, nets, and old photos of the area. Colours are relaxing soft blues and whites in this intimate establishment where each table has an excellent view of Lake Scharmutzel. Seating is also available on the deck outside scarcely a dozen steps away from the beach and walking paths.
Favorite Dish: We only had a quick afternoon tea consisting of milchkaffee and a berried dessert from the pastry case. So many luscious cakes and confections to chose from done in the beautiful style of German bakers using the fruits of the season.
For a more substantial lunch or dinner, the restaurant offers many fresh fish dishes combined with pastas, or served with a variety of potatoes and vegetables grown in local gardens.
The first weekend in September every year there is a special market which takes place in Bad Saarow. Local artists and artisans display their wares for browsers and passerbys to purchase. This year it was along Seestrasse in front (or behind, depending on your view) the Theater am See and Park Cafe restaurant, and rambled along the road.
Hundreds of visitors turned up for this sale, which was also occasioned by events along the lake, and a special bike-riding tour. Its the perfect opportunity for families and others to come out to this little town, do a little shopping, walk or ride around the lake, then stop for coffee and cake or lunch or an evening meal. Perfect for a weekend outing away from the hustle and bustle of the city. One can drive here with an hour or so from Berlin, or take the train to station Bad Saarow.
What to buy: I particularly like to buy hand painted jewelry and pottery, or unique items. My companion was quite pleased to purchase a number of little things to give as gifts at Christmas.
What to pay: Prices are moderate to fair depending on the type of work. We found that on late afternoon Sunday as the sale was finishing, prices were cheaper or deals were more easily made as artists wished to sell rather than repack items.