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Germany’s quaintest art nouveau hotel

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Published: June 15th 2017

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On the occasion of our 10th Wedding Anniversary we wanted to return to our roots, i.e. to the location where we had gotten engaged 11 years earlier in Bernkastel-Kues.

It was a very windy morning in Frankfurt. Strong gale-force winds were causing a lot of havoc on the highways and the rail routes. Large trees were being uprooted and blown over the rail lines and the roads. Still, we decided to stick by our plan and undertake the journey.

Due to the trees, many roads were completely blocked, and we got into numerous traffic jams, but thanks to our navi we managed to get out of the heavy traffic region quickly and into the Hunsrück Mountains to the west of Frankfurt. Here the winds died down, and as we went higher and higher, we got into the snow belt, and the snow was falling heavily. We passed Frankfurt’s socalled second airport known as Frankfurt-Hahn, and a short while later arrived at our destination Traben-Trarbach on the Mosel River.

Today, Traben Trarbach is only a small non-distinct town along the river, in the 19th century, it was Europe’s largest wine trading town. The majestic merchant men’s houses still commemorate this era.

Many of the houses are of art nouveau (Jugendstil) style. Also, Traben-Trarbach was one of three locations, where gas lamps were used as street lighting. They were Edison lamps, now known as AEG.

Our destination though was the Romantikhotel Jugendstilhotel Bellevue, a privately owned hotel that was completely furnished in art nouveau style. Most impressive was the hotel’s lobby, but also the dining room had a number of nice clocks, and all the rooms had furniture from that era. The suites were located in a modern building nearby. The suites are very well displayed on the web page of this hotel, and each are very generously laid out, and contain early 20th century furniture and grand views of the Mosel river.

The restaurant has also received awards for fine dining in Germany’s Feinschmecker magasine. We found dinner there was truly marvelous in a beautifully decorated room.


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