Hi guys! I never told you, but now it’s time that you know: I hate February. It’s true. I just hate this grey, cold month. Not that February has ever done anything to me, no. It’s just the way he is, his appearance, I just can’t stand him at all. Sorry February, I know, I am unfair. But that’s how it is. In order to make the most of this horrible month, Moritz and I have decided to go on a few weekend trips. So last weekend we said our goodbyes to Stuttgart on friday evening and hopped into our car in order to drive to Bad Wörishofen in the Allgäu.
Bad Wörishofen is a spa town in Bavaria, more precisely in the Allgäu (remember, I wrote about another town in that region, Füssen, a little while ago in my article “A romantic place for a weekend getaway“). It is famous for its water-cure, developed by Catholic priest Sebastian Kneipp in the second half of the 19th century.
After a two-hour delay because of a huge traffic jam up the Eichelberg, we arrived at Hotel Sonnengarten at 8:40 pm and just before their restaurant closed. But they kept their kitchen open just for us! We were so happy because the food they serve is one of the main reasons why we like this hotel so very much! 🙂
As it was a long and – due to the heavy traffic – very exhausting day, we well into our beds with full stomachs and slept like stones. The next day started with a few snowflakes and sunshine. What else can you ask for?? 😉 After a huge breakfast, we headed outside. Bad Wörishofen has a small town center with a pedestrian zone leading along very special – and expensive – shops…
…where you are meeting exactly the tourists you would expect in a Bavarian spa-town…
…wearing fur coats and leather trousers. 😉
We went into the “Kurhaus“, something like a cultural center, where the tourist information is located and where they have a winter garden.
And there we found a basin, designed for Kneipp treatments. ‘Awesome’, I thought, ‘here we can try an original Kneipp treatment for free!’ Well, you should know that the idea of Kneipp was that ice-cold water is good for the body. One can debate whether sticking your arms in icy water on a snowy day in February is fun or folly, but we were brave and tried it!
OK, maybe not all of us were equally brave…
But still, we did it! 😀
After we had spent half of the day in the town center, we walked into the “Kurpark” (spa gardens). We have never been in Bad Wörishofen during summer, but I can imagine that the park must be lovely. They have a rose garden for example, a bare foot path and at various places you can try different Kneipp treatments. But it was also nice walking through the snow!
After we had walked around the park for a while it got really cold and we decided to go back to our hotel in order to try their pool and jacuzzi. And then, out of the sudden, it was time for dinner again 🙂
On Saturdays, guests of Hotel Sonnengarten are invited to a candlelight dinner including 4 or 5 courses, depending on what they have booked. So when we came to our table, a candle was already waiting for us and the menu had our names on it. Very cute 🙂
We started with a salad from the huge buffet.
I loooooove their salads. What you see on the picture is only one-third of the buffet. And believe me, ALL of the salads taste wonderful. I would not mind eating only a huge plate of salat for dinner – wouldn’t all the other courses taste amazing as well… 🙂
I really had to control myself not to overload my plate because I know too well that the next three courses are so good as well, that I do not want to be full after the salad…
As the second course, they offered white (!) tomato soup. A dream!!
And then the main course followed. Moritz and I both had chosen chicken with noodles and a creamy mushroom sauce. And what can I tell you, OF COURSE I was already so full when my plate arrived. But what can you do, you just HAVE TO eat, because it looks and smells so tempting…
And last but not least, the dessert arrived. We’ve had the choice between a selection of cheese and a selection of sweet desserts. We went for the sweet alternative and did not regret it 😉
OK my friends, THIS is a mini black forest cake, a mini apple strudel with vanilla sauce and homemade walnut ice cream. Y-U-M-M-M-M-M-M-Y-Y-Y!!!
We left the restaurant with VERY full stomachs but also VERY satisfied 🙂
On Sunday – after an extended “Champaign breakfast” – we had to check-out and leave this relaxing place again. But we will definitely be back!
There is one more big attraction in Bad Wörishofen which I do not want to withhold from you, just because Moritz and I were too lazy to go there this time: the new thermal spa! They have huge pools with apparently “healing water”, surrounded by palm trees. It is really worth going!
More information about:
Bad Wörishofen (change to English at the bottom left of the page)
Sonnengarten Hotel im Allgäu (only in German)