(Recommended by Ben and Larry)
Tel - 8553/91015 ~ Fax - 8553/91089
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Apartment for 2-5 persons or Doublerooms, private shower/toilet, large balcony
Donkeys, goats, cats, chickens, turkey, ducks, pigs, trout ponds, a deer enclosure, and a grilling area
(Excerpts from Trip Report) ...By 0845 we are on the road towards the Bayerischer Wald - and the Bavarian Forest National Park. In less than two hours we are driving thru a land of beautiful rolling farmlands and lush green forests, located along the border of the largest National Park in Europe.
Just southwest of Spiegelau and slightly northwest of Oberkreuzberg is the very small suburb of Holzhammer where we find our accommodations for the next two nights. Our living quarters at this stop include two large, spacious sleeprooms (doubles), shower/WC, well-appointed kitchen w/radio and TV, and a large balcony. We are greeted by part of the very friendly Sellmayer family, Günter, Carin and of course Oma -
who present us with a platter of two smoked trout - fresh from their trout ponds - with Brötchen. I happily enjoy my unexpected lunch and clean my plate. Since this offering doesn't look like a Schnitzel - Larry declines and the farm cats get lucky today.
In addition - Carin (who speaks better English than us) has also done a bit of research for us on what to do and see in the area. She gives us several brochures and maps and tells us all about the local attractions. One local Naturefest and an open-air museum get our attention. The Fest is a community affair with craft, food and game booths, an exhibition of donkeys from local farms and an open-air theater with a large, air-filled movie screen floating on a small lake with viewing bleachers along the shore. The films were nature and animal related and well attended by the locals.
We watched as Günter, Carin and Oma were finally able to coax, push and pull their two very stubborn donkeys, Michel and Zenzi, into a travel trailer. We then followed them to, what we referred to as, the Donkeyfest in Neuschönau am See. The donkeys were offloaded into an enclosure with several others and rides were offered to children without cost. This is a very family-oriented Fest - all about the kids - but plenty of Bier and other refreshments for the adults. We departed after a while and went to recon the nearby Open-air Bauernhof Museum in Finsterau. We were just cruising and enjoying the scenery and made plans to return to the museum the next morning. On our way back to the Sellmayer farm we happened to come across another Sommerrodelbahn - the Bobbahn in Grafenau. Another 1,000 meter (+) above-ground track with sleds seemingly locked on. Nice ride...
Taking the advice of Frau Sellmayer we opt for a small Gasthaus in the nearby small village of Langdorf for dinner - the "Zum Rehberg". Turns out to be a very popular hangout for locals and it's easy to see why. The Bier (Wolferstetter) is primo, the food is sehr gut, plentiful and the prices are the best we have encountered anywhere in our travels. A HUGE serving of Cordon Bleu and a full plate of Pommes for Six (6) Euro. Unreal...
We awake to deer grazing below our balcony, ducks waddling along foraging for food, and trout jumping in the trout ponds. After a nice breakfast of homemade products and good German coffee -
we drive back over to the Fest area and I roust Günter from a peaceful sleep. He had pitched a tent and spent the night with his donkeys - probably after a late evening of movies and Bier. As we were leaving, Günter's wife Carin was arriving with their kids and breakfast for hubby.
We then proceeded to the Farm Museum in Finsterau where we stepped back in time and enjoyed another reminder of how the farmers survived and attempted to better their living conditions. With modern technology as it is today - it is sometimes very hard to imagine what our forefathers had to endure only a few hundred years ago.
Returning to Spiegelau we detour to Grafenau for their Herbstfest which just happens to include a nice Flea market. We find a few cheap souvenirs, try a couple of food booths and enjoy people watching for a few hours. Back to the farm for some down time on the balcony - then back to the "Zum Rehberg" in Langdorf for another treat.
This time it's the house soup "Aufgschmalzte Brotsupp'n" and a Grillteller consisting of three grilled steaks (pork, beef and turkey) and a Grillwürstchen, Kräuterbutter und Pommes Frites and more Wolferstetter Helles Bier to wash it down. Schmeckt sehr gut!!! Stuffed to the gills we retreat again to the Bauernhof balcony and enjoy the cool weather while watching an awesome sunset. At this point my mind is a world away from Texas and that stifling heat...
This morning we are invited to have breakfast with the host family in the main house. With the Fest in session - Günter and Carin had not been able to spend much time with us over the past two days. Over breakfast we had a nice visit discussing politics and life in general. We pay our bills - 19 Euro per person per night - I leave some Texas type souvenirs and we are on the road by 0830.