Some things should never change and the dining room at the Gasthof Fraundorfer is one of them. Thankfully, all was as we remembered. Frau Fraundorfer still runs things with the command presence of General Patton, but with a sharper sense of humor; the food is as good as ever; Freidl's face is a bit rounder and redder, but the voice is still clear and sweet and goes down as easy as the Munich beer he uses to lubricate the vocal cords.

Every night is great at the Fraundorfer, but we caught a special one. The full-house crowd got into it and near the end some patrons were standing on their chairs, singing and clapping. This place is a treasure.

Its renown as a restaurant may obscure the fact that the Fraundorfer also has some very pleasant and reasonably priced sleeping accommodations. Though all guestrooms are decorated in a cozy Bavarian style with lots of blond wood and beds with canopies, the best are in Gästehaus Barbara, an annex behind the hotel. The room we occupied was small but snug, comfortable and immaculate. This annex is in the midst of the family "compound," where several generations of Fraundorfers can be seen coming and going.

Street Address: Ludwigstrasse 24
City: Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Country: Germany
Phone: 011 49 8821 92 70
Fax: 011 49 8821 92 799
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Quality: Rating: 3 stars
Value: Rating: 4 stars
Price Level: $$--
Type: Hotel