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Biohotel Eggensberger, Hopfen-am-See

A climate-neutral haven near Bavaria's fanciful castles
 
Sustainability, fantastical castles, and tranquillity are the three cornerstones of a holiday at the 4-star Eggensberger. Leading the way in terms of its environmental credentials – it is both organic and climate-neutral, without compromising on comfort – it makes a great base for visiting the castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, and for exploring the many walking trails.
Biohotel Eggensberger, Hopfen-am-See. 7 nights
Biohotel Eggensberger, Hopfen-am-See. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A Bavarian winter holiday for non-skiers

Fairy-tale castles set against a backdrop of the Bavarian Alps draw visitors to the cluster of lakes around Füssen in southernmost Germany each summer. What these visitors don’t realise is that in winter the castles’ enchantment is enhanced even further by the snow capping the mountains and the tranquillity that envelops the landscapes beneath them. To walk up the slope to the most famous of the castles while fluffy snowflakes fall soundlessly around you is to feel as though you are in a scene from the Chronicles of Narnia.
Their loss is your gain. You can enjoy the castles – Hohenschwangau with its bright yellow façade, and loftily located Neuschwanstein, with its graceful turrets and sumptuous décor – in all their splendour, and strike out along scenic paths, relishing the peace and quiet. Füssen itself, where you’ll find a third castle, is also worth a visit, while a ride on the Tegelberg cable car rewards with spellbinding views over the lakes and fanciful towers, and towards the border with Austria. There’s certainly plenty to discover, making this a great choice for a winter holiday for non-skiers.
 
While the castles are full of history, your hosts at the Eggensberger in Hopfen-am-See, where you spend the week, are very forward-thinking, and their high-quality 4-star hotel is not only completely organic, but climate-neutral too, a place where the spa, well-crafted cuisine and other features have all been conceived with your revitalisation in mind. 
 

Our expert says

“If you think being organic and climate-neutral means compromising on comfort, think again. This is a 4-star hotel with delicious yet wholesome cuisine, a relaxing spa and, perhaps best of all, easy access to King Ludwig II’s flamboyant castles, a must-see on any holiday to southern Bavaria.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 

Book with confidence

Our flexible booking arrangements, commitment to safety and financial protection mean that you can book with confidence for winter 2022/23.

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Images courtesy of Fussen Tourismus und Marketing David Terrey/Gerhard Eisenschink/Struck Matthius/Simon Toplak/gunterstandl (©FTM DT/GE/SM/ST/Gunterstandl)
 
 

Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so you can choose to do as much or as little as you like and enjoy this alluring part of Bavaria at your own pace.
  • Explore the local countryside
    Nestling at the foot of the imposing Bavarian Alps, right on the border with Austria, this lake and castle-strewn area with its picturesque mountain backdrop is a popular destination for walkers during the summer months, and many of the same paths are accessible in winter. Some of the trails lead direct from Hopfen-am-See itself, while further options can be reached using the local bus service – free with your visitor’s card.
     
    In the detailed documentation we provide, we give an overview of our favourite options, including the following three routes: 
     
    Hopfensee: 7km
    Starting from the hotel door, this beautiful walk circumnavigates the lake which gives the village its name. The path meanders along the lakeshore, affording views towards the mountains and the village. Finish with refreshments at one of the lakeside restaurants in the village, either in the cosy interior or outside on the terrace depending on the weather.
     
    Hopfen forest: 6km
    Also from the door, this route passes through quiet forests and over rolling hills, offering glimpses of Lake Hopfen, Füssen and the Bavarian Alps beyond.
     
    Schwansee: 3.5km
    Nestled in the forest below the castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein is the lake of Schwansee. A circuit of its tranquil waters gives you a different perspective of the castles, with numerous benches at which you can pause and admire the scenery.
    Walking around Hopfensee
  • Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau
    No stay in this corner of Bavaria would be complete without a visit to King Ludwig II’s castles. The bright yellow neo-Gothic Hohenschwangau was Ludwig’s childhood home, whilst Neuschwanstein, the inspiration for the Disney castle, was his own creation, an outlet for his vivid and romantic imagination, perched impossibly on an outcrop against a stunning mountain backdrop. Although the interior was never finished, the rooms that were completed are extraordinary, with intricate attention to detail and tributes to Wagnerian operas in the extravagant décor. The jewel in the crown is the ornate Minstrel’s Gallery.
    Looking across to Neuschwanstein
  • Füssen & Tegelberg

    Füssen
    Set on the southern starting part of the Romantische Straße (Romantic Road), the pretty town of Füssen is a delight to wander around – look out for reminders of the town’s former significance as the cradle of the violin and lute-making industry. Dominating the town is the Hohes Schloss, a castle that served as the late summer residence of the Prince Bishops. Its inner courtyard boasts some impressive examples of trompe l’œil, while the splendid Rittersaal is adorned with late Gothic and Renaissance paintings and sculptures. You can also visit the 9th-century Benedictine monastery whose rooms are full of Baroque splendour and house the town’s museum. 
     
    Tegelberg
    Tegelberg is the 1,730-metre peak behind Neuschwanstein Castle. A ride in the cable car not only allows you to see the castle’s turrets from close up as you ascend, but also rewards with sweeping views. Near the top station, King Ludwig II’s former hunting lodge is now a panoramic restaurant serving tasty Bavarian specialities.
    Füssen
 

Where you stay

Just 6km from Füssen, Hopfen-am-See (altitude: 801m) is a quiet, lakeside village with views towards the mountains. Although quite small, it nevertheless has a general store, a good bakery, and a selection of cafés and restaurants on the shores of the lake.

Please note: most beds in German hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
Biohotel Eggensberger

Bedrooms

 

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  • 7 nights: 03 December 2022 - 26 March 2023

    Start Sat or Sun | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    03 Dec - 11 Dec 2022 £1285
    08 Jan - 05 Feb 2023 £1365
    11 Feb - 12 Feb 2023 # £1630
    18 Feb - 19 Feb 2023 £1430
    25 Feb - 26 Feb 2023 £1375
    04 Mar - 19 Mar 2023 £1320
    Single traveller supplement £25

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually from London) and onward travel as described.

    Supplements apply on 11 & 12 Feb; please contact us for details

    Included travel: British Airways Heathrow to Munich (1h50) (times vary, please contact us for details; hold luggage included), connecting journey by rail from Munich Airport (3h) and transfer (0h10)

    The 'Single traveller supplement' applies for solo travellers. A supplement is also payable for a single room – see 'Additional prices' below

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

    7 nights: 03 December 2022 - 26 March 2023

    Start Sat or Sun | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    03 Dec - 11 Dec 2022 £1540
    08 Jan - 05 Feb 2023 £1565
    11 Feb - 12 Feb 2023 # £1595
    18 Feb - 19 Feb 2023 £1595
    25 Feb - 26 Feb 2023 £1565
    04 Mar - 19 Mar 2023 £1540
    Single traveller supplement £25

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus Eurostar and onward rail services from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford, plus any transfer to the hotel as described below (see 'Rail option from London' section).

    Prices are subject to availability and supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays.

  • Room upgrades (supplement in £ per room per night)

    Biohotel Eggensberger, Hopfen-am-See
    Junior suite double (no twins): 03 Dec - 18 Dec 2022 £65
    Junior suite double (no twins): 08 Jan - 26 Mar 2023 £65
    Single room: 03 Dec - 26 Mar 2023 £125
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Munich (latest flight arrival time: 1600; earliest flight departure time: 1330)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Munich Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Munich easyJet,  Eurowings,  Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Munich Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Munich British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Munich easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Munich British Airways,  Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Munich easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Munich easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Munich easyJet,  Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Munich Lufthansa 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Düsseldorf) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights. Please note that we are unable to book Ryanair flights.

  • You can reach the Biohotel Eggensberger in a day’s travel from London, changing in Brussels to take a high-speed German ICE train via Frankfurt to Munich. Beyond Munich you slow down for the last leg of your journey, enjoying a scenic ride towards the Bavarian Alps that is followed by a short transfer to your hotel.

    If you would prefer an alternative route, our rail specialists can tailor the arrangements to suit you. For example, you may prefer to break your journey with an overnight stay at the historic Hotel Torbräu in the heart of  Munich's old town, where you'll find plenty of restaurants offering tasty Bavarian dishes. You continue your journey the following morning to Füssen, enjoying the best of the views by daylight.

    > Travelling by train to Germany: what to expect
    > More about 'by rail' prices

    Route on which prices are based

    Outward journey Departure time
    from London
    Arrival time
    at hotel
    St Pancras–Brussels (Eurostar, 2h), Brussels–Frankfurt–Munich (ICE, 7h), Munich–Fussen (regional rail, 2h), transfer to hotel (0h10) approx 0815 approx 2200
    Homeward journey Departure time
    from hotel
    Arrival time
    in London
    Transfer to Fussen (0h10), Fussen–Munich (regional rail, 2h15), Munich–Mannheim–Paris (ICE/TGV, 7h30), Paris–St Pancras (Eurostar, 2h40) approx 0630 approx 2040
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
    light lunch most days
  • detailed information about the area
  • guestcard giving free travel on local buses
  • rail travel or flights from London
  • return rail from/to Munich airport (if flying)
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – activities such as winter walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least proving your vaccination status or taking a test in order to travel.
    Entry requirements for non-UK destinations & for re-entering the UK >
  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can incur a five or six-figure bill.

    You don’t have to take out a policy with our recommended provider (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Germany, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The official language is German. The currency is the Euro. German time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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