Wellnesshotel Jagdhof, a hotel where you can soak up the beauty of the nearby countryside, take life a little slower and enjoy a sense of real peace.
On the far side of Germany from the famous Black Forest lies the lesser known Bavarian Forest (Bayerischer Wald in German). The sun dappled woodland in the Southeast corner of Germany is where you can come to disconnect from everyday life, soak up the beauty of the countryside, take life at a slower pace and find a sense of real peace.
Wellnesshotel Jagdhof, a five star Bavarian hotel, makes a wonderful base for exploring not only the Bavarian Forest but also picturesque cities along the Danube River (Donau in German) such as Regensburg and Passau known as the “city of three rivers” as well as the nearby Czech Republic. Located in the small Bavarian town of Röhrnbach, it is only a 30 minute drive to Passau, 1 1/2 hours to Regensburg, 2 hours to Munich and 3 1/2 hours to the beautiful Austrian city of Vienna, Austria. It is also just a 1 1/2 hour drive to the World Heritage town of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic.
While only a short drive from these well known tourist destinations, this beautiful area is relatively unknown other than to hikers who want to hike the trails in Germany’s first national park and cyclists who want to ride the bike paths along the Danube and Ilz.
Two years ago we stayed at the family owned Jagdhof in Röhrnbach and enjoyed it so much that we added it to this year’s “favorites” itinerary before heading to Munich for our flight home. After our three night stay, I can say it has gone way up on our list of “favorite” hotels and hopely we will visit again in the future.
After a warm welcome, our car was parked in their free parking garage and our luggage was delivered to the room while were we offered a complimentary glass of bubbly, wine or beer and a snack before heading up to our room.
Since our last visit, the hotel has given the reception, bar and lounge areas a more contemporary look. One thing that didn’t change was our room, one of the wellness suites. It’s very much like a one bedroom apartment except without a kitchen. The living room has a comfortable sofa and chair, writing desk, and credenza with a mini bar and Nespresso machine and a large flat screen TV. There’s a large walk-in closet off the entrance foyer and a separate kingsize bedroom with another flat screen TV. The bathroom has a walk-in shower and a soaking tub and there is a separate WC. The suite has an outdoor terrace with access from both the livingroom and the bedroom.
The hotel’s outstanding spa, the largest in Bavaria, is exceptional. You can arrange to have massages, facials and body treatments or make use of the six different saunas and there is a separate ladies spa. The spa includes indoor and outdoor pools and large relaxing areas with comfortable lounge chairs.
The hotel’s room rate includes all meals. The buffet breakfast has cooked to order eggs, sausage, bacon, sliced meats, salmon, and cheese. There are waffles, pastries, cereals, more than a dozen different breads, fruits and freshly pressed juices. The afternoon buffet has hot dishes, soups, salads, ice creams and delicious cakes and pastries. In the evening, the five course dinner menu has several choices in each category. In addition, there is a salad and dessert buffet as well as a cheese board. After dinner, many of the guests headed to the lounge for cocktails and to listen to live music.
During our stay, we made day trips to explore the countryside. Originating in the Black Forest, the Danube River becomes navigable in Regensburg and joins the Inn and Ilz Rivers in Passau so we wanted to explore some of the towns along the famous river.
The nearby town of Passau is called “the city of three rivers”, being surrounded by the waters of the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers. The city is a maze of cobbled streets that lead upwards to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which has the world’s largest cathedral organ. On the Danube side, there is the fortress Veste Oberhaus and the pilgrimage church Mariahilf is on the Inn’s side.
Large riverboats line the quays waiting to take passengers to Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and beyond. There are also smaller riverboats for short 45 minute or longer day trips along the rivers.
The famous World Heritage city of Regensburg, dating back to Roman times, is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities and is the oldest city along the Danube River.
Another pretty town along the Danube, midway between Passau and Regensburg is Straubing. Its gothic marketplace, the hub of the town’s social life, is where every August the town holds a beer festival second only to Munich’s Octoberfest.
We were blessed with nice weather on our entire trip and what a difference it made seeing this lovely region of Bavaria on sunny days. Most people cruise the Danube River but it is also possible to explore many of the cities and small villages that line its banks by car. Hopefully, if you plan a trip to Bavaria you will include this interesting region.