Family-owned for 145 years, the hotel sits on the edge of the Black Forest not far from the French border. I explored the lavish grounds, walking by the River Oos while enjoying the first burst of spring with an abundance of colourful garden flowers.


My room overlooked the Lichtentaler Allee, the park and arboretum. This was a boon in the morning before breakfast. Some rooms offer balconies to breathe in the fresh

Black Forest air, there is also an assortment of comfortable pillows to choose from for a comfortable night’s sleep.


On the first night, I visited the Fritz and Felix Kitchen & Bar. For the main course, we enjoyed a cutlet of veal while sharing fried chicken and lemon-mayonnaise. Just a short walk across the park from the hotel is Rive Gauche Brasserie, designed to blend in with the surroundings. On the promise of “a culinary voyage” it didn’t disappoint. I opted for pan-fried scallops to start, the fillet of beef with mash was a succulent delight, followed by crème brulée.


A guided tour of the Baden-Baden wine region is just a short drive away. The Schossberg Riesling dry was an enlivening treat, we toured the Schloss Neuweier estate owned by Robert Schatzle, a passionate and no-nonsense lover of wine, who describes it almost like a calling or vocation.


Cafe Konig offers a unique experience and is a short walk from the hotel. The Black Forest Gateau is a popular draw and surprisingly light. After dinner, it’s worth a visit to the Casino Baden-Baden. It features an eccentric clientele of locals and tourists providing an atmosphere that resembled something out of a Hitchcock film.

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