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Review 257: Zur Rose Apartments, Zur Rose Apartments
apartments in Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany
We rented apartment #12 in House #3 for two weeks from the Stueckl family in Spring, 1998. This was the first international trip we had taken with our children, who were then 7 and 9, and it was probably the best and most memorable trip we have ever taken due mainly to being based in this wonderful little town in a beautiful and very reasonable apartment.
Oberammergau is the stereotypical Bavarian village - beautiful little houses many painted with colorful and decorative murals on their wall. Oberammergau is also the site of a passion play which is put on every ten years to celebrate the town's rescue from the black plague. Because Oberammergau is a stop on most tourist intineraries in Barvaria, the town is packed with shops and restaurants. It can get crowded with tour buses during the day, particularly in the summer I suppose. In spite of this, we found that Oberammergau is still very much a small farming town --- there are still barns right in the center of town.
However, we found staying in one of the Zur Rose apartments got us away from the touristy aspect of Oberammergau. Our apartment was located in a three story house within walking distance of the town yet it was in a residential area that few tourists ventured into. It was a perfect place to fall into the rhythym of Oberammergau. The Zur Rose apartments are owned by the family which owns the Zur Rose guest house which is highly recommended by Karen Brown. When you arrive in Oberammergau, you go to the guest house and they bring you to the apartment. The Zur Rose restaurant is FABULOUS. Renata Stueckl, the daughter of the original owner, is a gracious hostest and her husband is a gourmet cook. We had some wonderful meals here.
This was the first time we had rented overseas and we were nervous about what we would find. However, our apartment was perfect in every way. It had a huge wrap around balcony, 2 comfortable bedrooms, and a comfortable living room with cable TV. The kitchen, while small, was adequately equipped. The furnishings were a cut above average and the entire apartment was spotless. There was no phone, but there is a phone on the landing that was shared by all three apartments in the house. There is also a washer and dryer facility attached to the house. The house is in a residential area and had a lovely back yard with a barbeque. There is a small parking area attached to the house for the three apartments.
We met our downstairs "neighbors" while we were there. They were an American couple that lives in Italy and comes up to Oberammergau every Easter for two weeks. Their apartment was a one bedroom with a nice patio that looked every bit as nice as ours. There is also a third apartment on the third floor which we did not see.
We absolutely loved Oberammergau. It was very convenient for day trips to all areas of Bavaria and even to Austria. We even managed day trips to Munich and Salzberg from the apartment. (There is a great train station right in Oberammergau with direct trains to Munich in about an hour.) A car, however, is absolutely necessary for this area.
Aside from day trips, we also found that we enjoyed the restaurants and daily life in Oberammergau very much. Renata mentioned to us that there was going to be an Easter Egg dying program at the town hall for the children of the village and we took our kids to it. They were welcomed with open arms and I'll never forget watching them sitting at a table with German children dying eggs and sharing smiles. We also attended an antique fair that was held in the same town hall that was mostly attended by locals. Another highlight with our entire family was the town's Wallenbad. This is a huge indoor/outdoor swimming complex with hot pools, slides, and even some spa services. We visited several times and had a blast. We also enjoyed attending the local Catholic church's palm sunday services where villagers march through the town with armfulls of colorful flowers. After the priest blesses the flowers, they hang them from their homes or bring them out to the cow pastures on the edge of town.
My kids often talk about returning to Oberammergau and it is only the fact that we have been sidetracked by other trips that has kept us from going back there. The weekly rental on the apartment was extremely reasonable and it looks like their prices haven't been raised much (they also let apartments on a daily basis). Someday, I would love to return for several more weeks.
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