17 Best Hotels in Franconia and the German Danube, Germany

Altstadtquartier Münchner Hof

$$ | Tändlerg. 9, Regensburg, 93047, Germany

This little hotel provides top service at a good price, with Regensburg at your feet and the Neupfarrkirche nearby. The original arches of the ancient building are visible in some of the rooms.  If the Münchener Hof is full, ask the staff to book you at their sister hotel, The Dependance Blauer Turm.

Pros

  • Some rooms have historic features
  • Center of town
  • Nice little lobby

Cons

  • Not easy to find the entrance on narrow street
  • Difficult parking
  • Some rooms have thin walls
Tändlerg. 9, Regensburg, 93047, Germany
0941-58440
hotel Details
53 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Bischofshof am Dom

$$ | Krauterermarkt 3, Regensburg, 93047, Germany

This is one of Germany's most historic hostelries, a former bishop's palace where you can sleep in an apartment that includes part of a Roman gateway. Other chambers are only slightly less historic, and some have seen emperors and princes as guests.

Pros

  • Historic building
  • Non-smoking rooms only
  • Nice courtyard beer garden

Cons

  • Restaurant not up to hotel's standards
  • No air-conditioning
  • Some rooms showing their age
Krauterermarkt 3, Regensburg, 93047, Germany
0941-58460
hotel Details
59 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Burghotel Stammhaus

$ | Schildg. 14, Nürnberg, 90403, Germany

A four-minute walk from the castle, this quaint hotel is small but cozy and the service is familial and friendly. The breakfast room with its balcony overlooking the houses of the Old Town has a charm all its own.

Pros

  • Great location in the city center
  • Comfortable and good value
  • Large swimming pool

Cons

  • Small rooms
  • Tiny lobby
  • Parking not easy
Schildg. 14, Nürnberg, 90403, Germany
0911-203040
hotel Details
22 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Goldene Rose

$ | Coburgerstr. 31, Coburg, 96271, Germany

One of the region's oldest, this simple but pleasant inn with modern rooms and a popular summer beer garden is in a small village about 5 km (3 miles) southeast of Coburg. The interior has simple wooden paneling and floors. The beer garden is the best place to enjoy traditional Franconian dishes, or a plate of homemade sausages, and meet some of the locals. Rooms are well-appointed and comfortable—the wooden theme is continued, but the style is definitely modern.

Pros

  • Family-run
  • Very good value
  • Large parking lot behind the hotel

Cons

  • In a small village
  • Front rooms overlooking the beer garden can be noisy
  • Rooms plainly decorated
Coburgerstr. 31, Coburg, 96271, Germany
09560-92250
hotel Details
14 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Goldener Anker

$$$ | Opernstr. 6, Bayreuth, 95444, Germany Fodor's Choice

No question about it, Bayreuth's grande dame is the place to stay; the hotel is right next to the Markgräfliches Opernhaus and has been entertaining composers, singers, conductors, and instrumentalists for hundreds of years. Some rooms are small; others offer royal splendor. One huge suite has a spiral staircase leading up to the bedroom.

Pros

  • Authentic historic setting with all modern amenities
  • Exemplary service
  • Excellent restaurant

Cons

  • No elevator
  • Some rooms are on the small side
  • Restaurant closed Monday and Tuesday, except during festival
Opernstr. 6, Bayreuth, 95444, Germany
0921-787–7740
hotel Details
40 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel Agneshof Nürnberg

$ | Agnesg. 10, Nürnberg, 90403, Germany

This modern and tasteful hotel is north of the Old Town, between the fortress and St. Sebaldus Church. The hotel has a small wellness center and even some loungers for sunning yourself in the small garden.

Pros

  • Many rooms have great views of the castle
  • Warm yet professional welcome
  • Pleasant wellness center

Cons

  • Deluxe rooms overpriced
  • Parking and hotel access difficult
  • No restaurant
Agnesg. 10, Nürnberg, 90403, Germany
0911-214–440
hotel Details
72 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel Goldene Traube

$ | Am Viktoriabrunnen 2, Coburg, 96450, Germany

In the heart of the old town, this fine, historical property dates from 1756, though there has been a hotel on this site since 1586. After a day of sightseeing, relax in the sauna complex with solarium or with one of the vintages from the small wine boutique just opposite the reception.

Pros

  • Welcoming, spacious lobby
  • Generous breakfast
  • Center of town

Cons

  • Traffic noise in front rooms
  • Stairs up to the lobby
  • Some rooms allow smoking
Am Viktoriabrunnen 2, Coburg, 96450, Germany
09561-8760
hotel Details
68 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel König

$$ | Untere Donaulände 1, Passau, 94032, Germany

Though built in 1984, the König blends in successfully with the graceful Italian-style buildings alongside the elegant Danube waterfront, close to the cruise docks. The modern cheery rooms are large and airy; some have a fine view of the river.

Pros

  • Some rooms have an impressive view of the Danube
  • Most rooms are spacious
  • Incredible service and breakfast

Cons

  • No restaurant
  • Uninspired bathrooms
  • Some small rooms
Untere Donaulände 1, Passau, 94032, Germany
0851-3850
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61 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel Lohmühle

$$ | Badstr. 37, Bayreuth, 95445, Germany

The old part of this hotel is in Bayreuth's only half-timber house, a former sawmill by a stream, just a two-minute walk from the town center. The original rooms are rustic, with visible beams, while the newer, neighboring building has correspondingly modern rooms.

Pros

  • Pleasant rustic setting
  • Reasonable prices
  • Excellent restaurant

Cons

  • Stairs between hotel and restaurant
  • Front rooms let in traffic noise
  • Spotty Internet
Badstr. 37, Bayreuth, 95445, Germany
0921-53060
hotel Details
42 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hôtel Orphée

$$ | Untere Bachg. 8, Regensburg, 93047, Germany Fodor's Choice

It's difficult to choose between the very spacious rooms at the Grand, whether you decide to take an attic room with large wooden beams or an elegant room with stucco ceilings on the first floor. The French bistro–style restaurant prepares a selection of crepes, salads, and tasty meat dishes. Two sister properties are nearby: the Petit Hotel Orphée (Wahleng. 1) on the next street, and the Country Manor Orphée (Andreasstr. 26) on the other side of the river about 2 km (1 mile) away.

Pros

  • Tastefully apportioned rooms
  • Excellent restaurant
  • Center of town

Cons

  • Difficult parking
  • Front rooms are noisy
  • Separate properties confusing
Untere Bachg. 8, Regensburg, 93047, Germany
0941-596–020
hotel Details
34 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel Wilder Mann

$ | Schrottg. 2, Passau, 94032, Germany

Passau's most historic hotel dates from the 11th century and is near the old Town Hall on the waterfront market square. On beds of carved oak you'll sleep beneath chandeliers and richly stuccoed ceilings.

Pros

  • Historic hotel in the center of town
  • On-site glass museum admission included with room
  • Some rooms with nice view of the river

Cons

  • Some rooms are a bit small
  • No restaurant or bar
  • Spotty Wi-Fi
Schrottg. 2, Passau, 94032, Germany
0851-35071
hotel Details
54 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel-Restaurant St. Nepomuk

$$ | Obere Mühlbrücke 9, Bamberg, 96049, Germany Fodor's Choice

This half-timber house seems to float over the river Regnitz; many of the comfortable rooms have quite a view of the water and the Old Town Hall on its island. The dining room, with its podium fireplace, discreet lights, and serene atmosphere, has a direct view of the river.

Pros

  • Great views
  • An elegant dining room with excellent food
  • Centrally located

Cons

  • Hotel on a pedestrian-only street
  • Public garage 700 feet away
  • The river can be disturbingly noisy
Obere Mühlbrücke 9, Bamberg, 96049, Germany
0951-98420
hotel Details
47 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Kaiserhof am Dom

$$ | Kramg. 10–12, Regensburg, 93047, Germany

Renaissance windows punctuate the green facade of this historic city mansion, but the rooms are 20th-century modern. Try for one with a view of the cathedral, which stands directly across the street. Breakfast is served beneath the high-vaulted ceiling of a 14th-century chapel.

Pros

  • Front rooms have a terrific view
  • Historic breakfast room
  • Pleasant staff

Cons

  • Front rooms are noisy
  • No restaurant or bar
  • Unimpressive breakfast buffet
Kramg. 10–12, Regensburg, 93047, Germany
0941-585–350
hotel Details
30 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Dec. 21–Jan. 8, Free Breakfast

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Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg

$$ | Bahnhofstr. 1, Nürnberg, 90402, Germany

Across the square from the central train station, this stately building with the calling card "Grand Hotel" arching over its entranceway has a spacious and imposing lobby with marble pillars, which feels grandiose and welcoming. Since 1896, kings, politicians, and celebrities have soaked up the luxury of large rooms and tubs in marble bathrooms.

Pros

  • Luxury property
  • Impressive lobby
  • Excellent restaurant

Cons

  • Additional fees for every possible contingency
  • Germanic brusqueness at reception desk
  • Access from the station can be difficult with luggage (via an underpass with stairs)
Bahnhofstr. 1, Nürnberg, 90402, Germany
0911-23220
hotel Details
191 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Passau Weisser Hase Hotel

$ | Heiliggeistg. 1, Passau, 94032, Germany

The "White Rabbit" began accommodating travelers in the early 16th century. Recently purchased and renovated by the Premiere Inn chain, all of the rooms are decorated in a subdued modern style.

Pros

  • Good location in the heart of Passau
  • Large marble bathrooms
  • Great breakfast

Cons

  • Street noise in the early morning
  • Inadequate air-conditioning
  • Elegant hotel transformed for the budget sector
Heiliggeistg. 1, Passau, 94032, Germany
0851-9869--3898
hotel Details
108 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Romantik Hotel Messerschmitt

$ | Langestr. 41, Bamberg, 96047, Germany

This comfortable hotel, once the home of Willy Messerschmitt of aviation fame, has spacious and luxurious rooms, some with exposed beams and many of them lighted by chandeliers. Messerschmitt grew up in this beautiful late-baroque house with a steep-eave, green-shuttered, stucco exterior.

Pros

  • Elegant dining room with solid Franconian cuisine
  • Variety of rooms to choose from
  • Massive breakfast

Cons

  • Older property
  • Front rooms are noisy
  • Ongoing renovation work
Langestr. 41, Bamberg, 96047, Germany
0951-297–800
hotel Details
67 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Steichele Hotel und Weinrestaurant

$ | Knorrstr. 2–8, Nürnberg, 90402, Germany

An 18th-century bakery has been skillfully converted into this comfortable hotel, which has been managed by the same family for four generations. It's close to the main train station, on a quiet street of the old walled town. The cozy rooms are decorated in rustic Franconian style. Two wood-paneled, traditionally furnished taverns serve Franconian fare, with an excellent fish menu.

Pros

  • Franconian charm
  • Central location
  • Good restaurants

Cons

  • Small rooms and lobby
  • Some rooms show their age
  • Sporadic Wi-Fi
Knorrstr. 2–8, Nürnberg, 90402, Germany
0911-202–280
hotel Details
56 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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