Our simple room at the Hofmann had a small couch, a table with chairs, a modern little bathroom with toilet and shower, and a balcony with spectacular view. A huge bargain at $42 per night. A week's stay for two persons, including breakfasts and dinners, is only 666 DM ($308).

The hotel's restaurant is another good reason to visit this small Franconian town. That night there was just one other couple in the pleasant dining room. The owner himself greeted us and first offered a choice of soups. We picked cream of tomato and potato leek and he disappeared into the kitchen, returning 15 minutes later with hot bowls of what was obviously freshly made soup.

Earlier in the day, our host had touted us on his steaks. We took the hint. They came with a crisp mixed salad and roasted potatoes. Delectable, as advertised. After the meal we complimented the proprietor/chef and inquired about the origins of the beef. He pointed to a man at the bar who raises 'em, feeds 'em, slaughters 'em and delivers 'em. What we ate probably had a name. Cool.

Street Address: Altenstein
City: Maroldsweisach
Country: Germany
Phone: 011 49 9535 391
Fax: 011 49 9535 1441
Price Level: $---
Type: Hotel