Freiburg's most luxurious hotel is one of the few where the owners are there to make sure your stay is perfect. Its tastefully furnished rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the romantic old city. Despite its central location, the hotel basks in near-countryside quiet. The Hans Thoma Stube ($$$$, reservations essential) has outfitted itself with venerable tables, chairs, tile stoves, and wood paneling from some older establishments. It has its own bakery, which
even makes fancy chocolate creams. The black-tied waiters will also serve you small dishes at merciful prices.