Monday, September 16, 2013


We love Kronach! Its cobblestoned streets lend it a true medieval feeling that gets lost in the more tourist-oriented German towns. The imposing Fortress Rosenberg towers over Kronach, and whenever we go we get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the place by staying in the youth hostel within the fortress.  It just doesn't get any more authentic, and at 17 Euros per person for bed and breakfast the rate isn't too bad. My kids loved our 6-person room of bunk beds, but there are other options.

A short walk down the hill leads to a street of pizzerias with the occasional Greek or German restaurant, or you can eat in the fortress's own dining establishment. Weather permitting, the outdoor area has a priceless view.

There's a walking path around the base of the fortress and we enjoyed the local swimming pool -- the seasonally open outdoor pool was especially kid- and toddler-friendly.

Kronach is only a 73-minute drive from Grafenwoehr, so it's an easy daytrip.  However, staying overnight in the fortress was an unforgettable experience that I highly recommend!

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