An Old Favorite Scores Again

We just returned from a 15-day trip to Germany, our sixth in 12 years, and wanted to share with you our satisfaction with the Hotel Anker (Obertorstrasse 6, D-97828 Marktheidenfeld, tel. +49/09391/600 40, fax 600 477) (Gemlichkeit Aug. 95, July 91, Oct. 90) in Marktheidenfeld, just west of Würzburg.

Our room was large and well-furnished, light switches were conveniently located, and the bathroom was large and well-lit.

But what really made the Anker exceptional was the atmosphere of friendliness, warmth and desire to please the guests. The entire Deppisch family is to be commended for its superb job in managing the hotel down to the last detail and making the guest feel at home. You can't walk down a hallway or past the reception desk without feeling that these people really care.

Breakfast was served at the table, a first for us in our several trips. The price of a double room was 220 DM ($129), worth every bit of it, in our opinion.

A bonus that comes with the Anker is the town of Marktheidenfeld itself, a pleasant little place surrounded by the Franconian countryside and convenient to Würzburg and to the Frankfurt Airport. It was a relaxing place to spend the last afternoon and evening after a busy two-week itinerary. The drive to the airport took just over an hour on A-3.

Other hotels worth mentioning are the Turmwirt in Oberammergau, St. Nepomuk (Obere Mühlbrücke 9, D-96049, +49/0951/ 98420, fax 9842100) (Gemütlichkeit Aug. 95, Aug. 93) in Bamberg and St. Josef in Würburg.

Access and parking at the latter two was a challenge, but then we could all probably write a book about our experiences in accessing and parking at hotels in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It's part of the challenge and satisfaction of being an independent traveler.

Ellis & Zita Bick
Webster Groves MO

Bargain Near St. Moritz

Enclosed is a brochure for the Hotel Maloja Kulm (CH-7516, Maloja, tel. +41/082/43105, fax 434 66), located just a few kilometers south of St. Moritz, Switzerland, on highway #3. What a wonderful find I just had to pass on to my fellow readers.

I highly recommend this lovely, quiet hotel as a wonderful alternative to the more expensive hotels of St. Moritz. The staff was very friendly and helpful, rooms spacious, nice views of the high mountains, and a great breakfast.

Mr. Kirchner, the manager, speaks excellent English and provides excellent tips on travel in the area. It is a great place for hikers. The evening meals were very good with several choices.

The cost for the double room was 200 Sfr. ($144) which included breakfast and dinner for both of us.

Ronald Blake
Altamonte Springs, FL

Meersburg Restaurant

I am enclosing my two-year renewal. I enjoy Gemütlichkeit very much.

A recent auto rental in Germany turned out to be a Hyundai Sonata! My immediate reaction was negative, but I must tell you it was a terrific car; larger than a Vectra, with air-conditioning, ample trunk space and comfortable for four or five. (More than two, take care to limit baggage.)

I also want to tell you about the Alte Post Restaurant on Seepromenade in Meersburg. Beautiful outdoor dining right where the Bodensee ships make regular passenger stops. Beautiful view of the lake and snow covered Alps in the distance. Lots of "action," with shops, other restaurants and people to watch.

Wonderful menu and reasonable prices. Average 20/25 DM ($12-$15) for delicious meat or fish platters. Local specialty from lake is Felschen (a fresh water whitefish) but they also have good Forellen (trout). I finished off with a mammoth piece of hot Apfelstrudel with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream for 4.5 DM ($2.65) and it could easily have fed three persons.

The owners are Doris and Manfred Habrunner, great people. Doris is a beautiful and sophisticated woman of about 40. She handles the customers while Manfred takes care of the kitchen. This is a must if you are in the area.

You can take your car on the ferry to or from Konstanz, and that in itself is worth doing.

The Bodensee is a beautiful area, yet not on the usual American routes. Very few tours bother, yet it is a short trip from the Black Forest and well worth the time. We spent four wonderful days there...our fourth visit, and we will be returning before long.

Gene Lopoten
Lower Gwynedd PA

(U.S. Dollar prices quoted in this issue of Gemütlichkeit may be inaccurate for these reasons:

* Prices in local currency have not been updated since the date of publication of this newsletter, and...
* The dollar prices shown were obtained by using exchange rates in effect at the time of publication.)

November 1997