Wittenberg Hotels and Restaurants
From: Wittenberg, Germany
Lutherstadt Wittenberg has a dozen or so hotels, plus a reasonable selection of guesthouses, holiday apartments, private rooms, and other accommodation.
I can personally recommend the four-star Luther-Hotel Wittenberg. 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.)
The 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
At the 150-bed Hostel or Jugendherberge, dorm rates start at less than 25 euros per day for bed and breakfast, with half and full board available. Single and double rooms cost slightly more. (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.
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:
The restaurant at the Luther-Hotel Wittenberg is on a level with many big-city peers. The hotel's talented chef, Christian Hirsch, makes good use of fresh fish, vegetables, cheeses and other regional ingredients when preparing his international and Mediterranean menus. Vegetarian and vegan meals are available on request.
For 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 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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