Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Leipzig, Germany

While Corinne and I were in Leipzig, Germany, we spent the first night in the Gasthof Alt Engelsdorf. We had never been to Leipzig so we took my Grandfathers hotel recomendation because he stays there everytime he is in Leipzig visiting his sister. It has a history dating back over 100 years, though it was completely torn down and rebuilt about 15 years ago (which disappointed us because we are big history buffs.) Since it is relatively new, the hotel was in good condition and nicely decorated. We were given a room on the second floor over looking the parking lot. It was actually a nice view looking out the windows at the old buildings surrounding the Gasthof (kind of loud from people in the parking lot at night though). The rooms were nicely equipped and the complimentary breakfast buffett was decently stocked (pictured below). There was even American style breakfast sausage and eggs (which we did not find anywhere else on our trip!) We got in late and left pretty early so we did not experience too much of the hotel other then the room and breakfast, though we did take a quick tour as we were checking out and we discovered there was a bowling alley, bar and beer garden as well!




http://www.gasthof-alt-engelsdorf.de





The second night we stayed in Leipzig, the Gasthof Alt Englesdorf did not have any vacancy so we took the advice of my Great Aunt and stayed around the corner from her at the Backhaus. This was a wonderful three story building that houses a bakery on the bottom floor. One of the owners, Veronika Krüger, helped us out. She was incredibly friendly and hospitable. She made us feel like a guest in her home. We stayed in a two bedroom "apartment" for a few Euro's less then our single room at the Gasthof. The Backhaus was in a neighborhood so it was very quiet at night. The minibar here was the only one I have ever used in any hotel I have ever stayed in. I was very suprised, all the items were labeled with their prices which were all very close to grocery store retail.

In the morning they had a typical German breakfast waiting for us in the downstairs dining room (pictured below). It consisted of freash bread from the bakery, soft boiled eggs, cold cuts, tomatos and strawberries with an assortment of teas and coffee. It was not as much of a selection as the Gasthof, however it was much better in quality and much more satisfying! Next time we are in Leipzig we will definately stay here again.




http://www.engelsdorfer-backhaus.de/



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1 comment:

The Blonde Duck said...

Ya'll are back!!! HOORAY!