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Wittenberg Hotels and Restaurants

From: Wittenberg, Germany

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ABOVE: A sign on a parked bicycle advertises a bike-storage room in the Hotel Goldener Adler.

Hotels

Lutherstadt Wittenberg has a dozen or so hotels, plus a reasonable selection of guesthouses, holiday apartments, private rooms, and other accommodation.

Lutherhotel WittenbergI can personally recommend the four-star Luther-Hotel Wittenberg, where I stayed in October, 2010. The modern hotel is located in the town center, about two minutes on foot from the Rathaus and the Stadtkirche. Its 165 rooms are furnished in German contemporary style (lots of blond wood, with duvets on the comfortably firm beds), and the moderate rates include a generous buffet breakfast. It has its own parking garage.

(The Luther-Hotel Wittenberg is owned by a Protestant church organization in Berlin that uses the profits to benefit homeless people, hungry children, and other people in need.)

Brauhaus-Hotel WittenbergThe Brauhaus-Hotel Wittenberg is an affordable choice for beer aficionados. The building, which dates back to 1512, has been a microbrewery, restaurant, and hotel since 1999.

 For more hotel listings, visit the Wittenberg tourist office's Web site (see link at bottom of page).

Hostels and campsites

Two hostels are in the city center: the Hostel Wittenberg at Schlossstrasse 14/15, and the YMCA Recreation Center Glöcknerstift at Fleischer Strasse 17.

At the 150-bed Hostel or Jugendherberge, dorm rates start at less than 20 euros per day for bed and breakfast, with half and full board available. Single and double rooms cost slightly more, and there are modest surcharges for bed linens and guests over age 26. (The hostel occupies a newly-renovated wing of the palace that was once occupied by Wittenberg's nobility.)

Camping is available at the Marina Camp Elbe, which has caravan spaces and "Radler huts" for bicyclists, and a marina for boaters on the Elbe.

Restaurants

I haven't spent enough time in Wittenberg to become familar with the local restaurant scene, but I'll mention a couple of places that I enjoyed:

Luther-Hotel Wittenberg menuThe Convivo Restaurant at the Luther-Hotel Wittenberg is on a level with many big-city peers. The hotel's young chef, Christian Hirsch, makes good use of fresh fish, vegetables, cheeses and other regional ingredients when preparing his international and Mediterranean menus. The specially-priced Convivo Menu for two includes three courses with wine.

Brauhaus-Hotel Wittenberg plateFor more rustic fare, the Brauhaus-Hotel Wittenberg is worth trying. Prices are reasonable for ribsticking specialties like beer and onion soup, Schnitzel with mushrooms and potatoes, and grilled pork hocks with sauerkraut.

Wittenberg's tourist-information site (see link below) describes many other restaurants and cafés in its "Gastronomy" section. If you're on a tight budget, check the list of Döner Kebab shops in Wittenberg at Doenerfreund.de.

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