Wolkenstein Train Hotel
W is a small German town in the Erzgebirge, or Ore Mountains, near the border between Saxony and the Czech Republic. The area is popular with hikers, bicyclists, skiers, and railfans--the latter because of its proximity to nearby attractions such as the Ore Mountains Model Railway Park and the Fichtelbergbahn Steam Railroad.
In recent years, Wolkenstein has offered a railroad attraction of its own: the , or , in the center of town on track 10 of the railway station (which you can reach by train from Chemnitz via Flöha, or by road on the B101 to Annaberg-Buchholz).
The Wolkensteiner Zughotel has a full-service restaurant, an outdoor snack bar, and three types of rooms:
Two-berth compartments have bathrooms with showers that are shared by adjacent cabins, while four-berth compartments have washbasins with toilets at the end of the car.
In addition, the Wolkensteiner Zughotel has a four-person "Ferienzug" apartment for families, and owners of trailers or RVs can rent camping spaces alongside the railroad tracks.
Rates are reasonable, and they include a German-style breakfast.
Wolkensteiner Zughotel Restaurant
Even if you don't spend the night, you should consider having a drink, snack,or meal in the Zughotel's restaurant, which occupies two converted railway cars and is open from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. daily. The menu is extensive, the traditional German food is outstanding, and the portions are huge.
Prices are decent, too: When I visited several years ago, you could get a hefty Schnitzel or cutlet with vegetables and pommes frites for €8,95, and a big plate of Nudeln (similar to Spätzle) with a tasty goulash was only €7,25. (If you're on a really tight budget, order a sausage or other light meal from the, which has outdoor tables.)
For photos, current rates, and other information, visit the hotel's German-language Web site at www.wolkensteiner-zughotel.de.
Sixties American Restaurant
Across the street from the Wolkensteiner Zughotel, the owner's son (photo at left) runs the 60's American Restaurant & More, where you can enjoy vintage U.S. pop music with your hot dog or chili.
The small restaurant is like a classic American diner, with one difference: You can order a bottle of Beck's in lieu of a Coke, root beer, or milkshake.
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