Of all the bucket list things to do in Europe driving down the Romantic Road in Germany is bound to be somewhere on that list.
If you’re not aware, the Romantic Road is a scenic route through the heart of Southern Germany that brings drivers to a variety of medieval and historic small to medium sized towns.
There are a wide range of different places to stop along the way and more than 30 different places of interest that visitors can check out.
One of the more popular places on the route is the city of Wurzburg.
While there are plenty of hotels in the city center itself I never like looking for parking and dealing with all the traffic in busy areas so I always opt to stay somewhere a little out of the city.
This saves me the hassle of driving in a busy city center and I’m also able to explore a small town or area nearby.
In this case the nearby area was the even smaller town of Frickenhausen and the hotel where I stayed was the Hotel Weingut Meintzinger.
The Hotel Weingut Meintzinger
Located in the small town of Frickenhausen, the Hotel Weingut Meintzinger is a hotel and winery mixed into one.
Grapes for the wine aren’t actually grown on the property but guests are able to taste and purchase a wide variety of wines grown by the hotels very own winery.
There are only 29 rooms, so it’s more of a quiet and personal vibe, and the location makes it perfect for exploring the town or making the short drive to Wurzburg.
As soon as you drive up to the hotel you’re bound to notice the large and dominating structure the hotel is in.
On first glance it looks more like a palace and right away you’ll be able to see some of the more historic and medieval design features so it kind of feels like you’re stepping back in time even before you enter the building.
The stone building that the hotel is in was actually built in 1475 and for many years it has been run by the same family through different generations.
The interior is a lot more modern of course but there is definitely some medieval stylings and traditional features which only makes a trip down the Romantic Road that much more romantic.
The stone stairways and winding hallways really make it easy to see how historic the building really is and it seems more like you’re spending time at someone’s home rather than an actual hotel.
The location makes it an ideal choice if you’re looking to explore the surrounding region and the small town of Frickenhausen is also an interesting place to spend a few hours wandering around.
Now that you know a little bit more about the hotel let’s take a look at my experience staying here.
My Hotel Weingut Meintzinger Review
Check-In and Interior
I want to start by saying that I had a very unusual check-in experience at the hotel but it didn’t put that much of a damper on my stay and in the end I ended up having a great time.
What happened was that I arrived about an hour before the official check-in time so I just went ahead and asked if my room was ready.
The young lady working took all of my details and said that my room was indeed ready so she handed me the keys and pointed me in the right direction.
After walking quite a distance to the room I noticed that the door was wide open and after walking inside I can see towels on the floor, the bed wasn’t made and it was clear that the room had been made up yet for the day.
I’m not actually sure why the young lady working wouldn’t have told me was ready and when I went down she simply told me I’d have to wait a short while before being able to use the room.
It would have been a lot easier that she told me this at first and it would have saved me the time from walking through the entire hotel to the room and back when I could have just waited in the lobby.
Apart from this issue everything else went alright and I found the interior of the hotel to be very interesting and I could definitely see some medieval flair mixed with a more contemporary design.
I loved that stone staircase that led up to where the rooms were located and I did a little bit of exploring and found quite a few balconies that offered great views of the surrounding area and city down below.
With such a big hotel it would have been nice to get a little bit more history of the building and maybe even a small tour although that’s not expected in any case.
After finally making it to my room I was pleased to discover that I had a small suite rather than just a standard double room.
The room was quite spacious and all of the windows let in an ample amount of natural light so I didn’t have to use any of the lamps until the sun finally went down.
The windows along with the high ceilings and spacious rooms gave the room a bright and airy feel and for two people it was definitely more than enough space to be comfortable.
Not surprisingly the hardwood floors creaked and this only further added to the overall medieval vibe and historical feel of the building.
The room faced the parking lot and street so I was happy to have a more interesting view and although a fan wasn’t provided the windows let in enough cool air that even in July the room stayed quite reasonable temperature.
Like I mentioned I was in a suite and there were two rooms, a dedicated bedroom and a living room area with a large table, plenty of seating as well as a TV.
The bathroom was also quite big but I’ll get into the details of that further into my review.
Overall, I was quite happy with the space and design of the room and I really enjoyed the view over the city that I had.
Every traveler knows that it’s important to have a firm and comfortable bed to relax and sleep on after a long day exploring.
Thankfully, this was exactly the case at the Hotel Weingut Meintzinger and I found the bed to be very comfortable.
There was an assortment of different pillows to choose from and rather than your typical single mattress the bed was actually composed of two separate mattresses which makes it a lot better for sleeping especially if you’re traveling with a partner.
From the bed I had a nice view out of the window when the blank provided wasn’t too warm or heavy for the warm summer night.
My only complaint here is that the edges of the bed frame are very sharp so a few times I bashed my knee onto the edge but if you’re not as clumsy as I am then you won’t experience this problem at all.
For travel bloggers and digital nomads like myself it’s important to be able to use a strong, quick and reliable internet connection when staying at a hotel.
While the hotel Wi-Fi here wasn’t very fast it was definitely strong and reliable so although I wasn’t able to download anything too quickly I didn’t have to worry about the connection dropping or having to walk around the room looking for a signal.
One big problem that I think the hotel needs to address immediately is how guests actually connect to the internet.
It was a very weird system where I had to go online and put in my phone number in order to receive a special code that I would then use to connect to the hotels own internet.
This didn’t actually work for me the first time and it took me a little while to figure it out before being able to get online.
A much easier method would be to just have your standard Wi-Fi password that guests can use to connect to the internet without having to go through some unusual method just to get online to browse the web.
Like I mentioned up above the speeds were nothing spectacular but the connection was suitable so if you’re just browsing Facebook or doing some quick Google searches you shouldn’t run into any issues.
In my case, I wasn’t able to upload any videos and it took me awhile to upload some photos but for many people this isn’t a problem is that you’ll experience
The bathroom at this hotel was surprisingly spacious but most of all the bathtub was enormous and one of the biggest I’ve ever seen in a hotel.
It was actually more of a small hot tub rather than a bathtub and I’m not embarrassed to say that I took a nice long bath after getting back to the room for the night.
Apart from that there was a shower system attached to the wall as well and because of the size of a bathtub there was hardly any water splashing around on the floor when the shower was running.
A selection of towels was provided but unfortunately there weren’t any special amenities, only soap and shampoo available from a squeeze pump attached to the wall.
I would think that a hotel like this would include amenities although if you’re traveling with your own this shouldn’t be a problem at all.
I checked the price for a double room for random dates in October and if you’re looking to stay at this hotel you can expect to pay about $142 USD and it’s only a little bit more if you’re interested in the suite.
Many of the rates have breakfast included so you’ll definitely want to check to see if it’s available before you book.
Hotels in Wurzburg can be quite expensive, especially once you factor in having to pay for parking as well if you’re driving, so for the price this is a very reasonable amount for the location and access to all the different cities and small towns nearby.
As always, I recommend booking as far in advance as you can for the best rate.
For anyone driving the location of the Hotel Weingut Meintzinger is ideal.
It’s close enough to Wurzburg that you can reach the city in just 15 minutes and there are quite a few different small towns nearby that are definitely worth checking out.
In the town where the hotel is located, Frickenhausen, there are a variety of small, local restaurants with reasonably priced menus and there’s a slightly larger town a 5-minute drive away that has a McDonalds and some other options.
Also within walking distance there are a few nice hiking trails and even a lovely waterfront trail that follows the river for a few kilometers in either direction.
As for public transportation, I’m not sure if it’s possible to reach the hotel any other way unless you’re driving and if you’re reaching Wurzburg by bus or train you’ll be better off staying in the city center.
Depending on the room you book it’s possible that the rate will include breakfast and if that’s the case then you’re in luck.
The breakfast was quite well done and overall I was surprised by the options and quality of choices available.
Thankfully, the weather was nice and I was able to eat outdoors on the patio and this only made the breakfast experience that much better.
For breakfast there was a wide selection of different items to choose from including:
- Mixed, stuffed or pickled vegetables
- Juice, lemon water, coffee or tea
- A variety of different cereals, seeds, nuts and dried fruit
- Selection of bread and pastries
- Small cakes, cookies and other desserts
I tried to taste a little bit of everything but there was simply too much food and it wasn’t possible for me to make it through it all.
The service was prompt as well and the waitress came out a few times to check on the dishes and remove anything that wasn’t being used.
I would definitely recommend looking for a room rate that includes breakfast since the breakfast was one of the highlights of my stay and quite good compared to what you typically find in many German hotels.
There is free parking available right out front of the hotel and there’s an additional smaller, more secure lot located at the side of the building.
Plenty of spaces are available but you might run into an issue around dinner time as many people park in the lot to reach the surrounding restaurants later in the day.
I didn’t have any problems parking right out front and it’s a very low traffic area so there is no need for concern in regards to safety and security.
For anyone traveling along the Romantic Road and looking for somewhere car-friendly to stay near Wurzburg I would definitely recommend checking out the Hotel Weingut Meintzinger.
The location is great, the rooms are spacious, the breakfast is delicious and overall I had a very positive and memorable experience at the hotel.
I enjoyed my stay very much and although there were a few small issues along the way the other aspects of my stay more than made up for it.
Anyone looking to check out Wurzburg and the other small towns in the area along the Romantic Road should definitely consider staying at the Hotel Weingut Meintzinger!