Bavaria, in south-eastern Germany, offers the discerning traveller a whole lot more than the traditional beer, sausages and lederhosen for which it is traditionally associated; it is home to Munich, the Bavarian Alps and endless charming medieval villages. It’s also a wonderful destination for a culinary break, the cuisine of the region is comforting, feel-good-food; steaming plates of meat, potatoes and mouth-watering desserts. To taste the very best of the area, stay at a hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant, read on for our guide of the best in Bavaria…
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Starnberg
Ideally located at the gateway to Munich and a mere five-minute walk from Lake Starnberg, lies the Four-Star Superior, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Starnberg. The service is exceptional, the cuisine nothing short of extraordinary and the facilities, first-class. The 126 rooms and suites are comfortably decorated; all feature free Wi-Fi and free use of the minibar and Nespresso® coffee machine. You are totally spoilt when it comes to fine dining; savour the culinary arts in gourmet Michelin-starred restaurant Aubergine or for a la carte dining, Restaurant Oliv’s serves classic meals created with high-quality ingredients. Enjoy an after-dinner drink or two at the Hemingway Bar with its rather English ambience and the largest rum collection in southern Germany! Tucked on the 5th-floor you’ll find a delightful spa with a Finnish sauna, steam room and a gym, its position means it benefits from stunning, panoramic views of Starnberg. Check out their packages too, you can choose from various seasonal and culinary-themed specials.
Hotel Goldene Traube
This hotel is situated in the heart of Coburg, a beautiful North Bavarian town. The individually styled rooms are brightly coloured with huge windows and a contemporary vibe; upgrade for a balcony or opt for a suite to gain a sitting area. The acclaimed Michelin starred restaurant, Esszimmer, serves haute cuisine and there also a grill-style restaurant which offers steaks and seafood. Other facilities include a luxe spa and a fitness centre.
Herrmann’s Romantik Posthotel
This family-run hotel is located in a former coaching inn in the beautiful Frankenwald area. The plush rooms and suites are decorated traditionally and one of the suites has a rather fabulous whirlpool spa. Dine on creative gourmet cuisine at the Michelin Starred Alexander Herrmann Restaurant, you can even improve your own cooking skills at a gourmet workshop. There’s also a laid-back bistro with a terrace, other amenities include a bar, an indoor pool, a sauna and a steam room.
This trendy boutique hotel offers a mountain retreat in the picturesque Allgäu Alps. All the 19 chic room and suites have private balconies which overlook the valley, there’s also a maisonette, flat and penthouse for an altogether superior room experience. The Michelin starred restaurant, Maximilian, serves creative and innovative cuisine in a relaxed setting. Relax in the year-round heated outdoor pool and visit the wellness spa to enjoy a massage.
5. Mandarin Oriental, Munich
This stunning, luxury hotel is housed in an ornate 1880s opera house in the heart of Munich. The rooms are elegant and contemporary with Asian influences; opt for a suite to gain a living room and terrace, some also benefit from whirlpool tubs. As well as the Michelin starred restaurant, the rooftop terrace is home to an Asian-Mediterranean café as well as a pool and there’s also a bar, a popular lounge, a sauna and a fitness room.
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