The fabled castle of Neuschwanstein is probably on many a traveller’s bucket list. Set against the mesmerising backdrop of the Bavarian Alps and lake Alpsee, the 19th-century castle looks as though it belongs in a fairy tale. If you’re planning a visit, one of the best places to stay is the Hotel Das Rübezahl. A mere 10-minute drive away, the family-owned hotel is ideally located – not only for those visiting Germany’s most popular attraction, but also for guests keen to explore the picturesque region of Allgäu, or active ones who relish outdoor adventures.
While many select the hotel for its location, most guests return for the genuine Bavarian hospitality that makes them feel at home. The 54 rooms and suites, many of which enjoy views of both the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles, are designed using warm and natural materials to recreate the cosy feel of an Alpine home. For something extra special, themed suites with names like Sissi’s Dream and KingDom ensure a royal stay with elegant interiors, fireplace and Jacuzzi.
For foodies, dining at the hotel’s only restaurant is a delight. From the rich breakfast buffet, afternoon Kuchenzeit (cake time) to exquisite cuisine in the evening, the Alpine-style restaurant serves international fare infused with regional influences.
A true getaway is incomplete without a visit to the spa, and the Rübezahl doesn’t disappoint. Comprising saunas, herbal steam bath, tepidarium, whirlpools and Kneipp wading pool, the Therme Romana is where you can be pampered like a Roman emperor. At the Beauty-Alm, revel in everything from classic facials and massages, to Ayurveda, specialty baths and beauty treatments. Last but not least, the heated outdoor pool is a must in winter – soaking in warm water surrounded by snow, and the castle gleaming in the distance, is a magical experience.