Seehof Herrsching

Herrsching, Germany | C.1885

Photo Credit: Anna Kozar

Travelers can toast with beer (or champagne!) at Seehoff Herrsching nestled on the beach promenade along the Ammersee lake in Upper Bavaria, Germany. Seehof holds a long history of hospitality dating back to the mid-18th century when the lake actually belonged to a monastery.

At the time, the monks used the nearby castle Muhlefeld as their summer residence. Within years a guesthouse, now the Seehof, was built close to the jetty. Records of its use as a hotel hail from an 1898 guidebook that reads: “Hotel restaurant Seehof steamboat jetty, located directly at the lake, lake resort, recommends its comfortable equipped guest rooms starting at 1 Mark.”

The hotel operated for nearly a century before the Hofbrau brewery purchased and restored the building. After extensive renovations, Seehof reopened in 1996 with six dining rooms, multiple conference rooms, a restaurant, 43 hotel rooms, and the traditional Bavarian beer garden overlooking Ammersee lake.

Separated into two dining areas, beneath a cluster of chestnut trees, the beer garden offers traditional German fare including Obatzda (cheese), Wurstsalat (sliced sausage salad), Hendl (roasted chicken), and Spaetzle, (Bavarian cheese noodles). The restaurant is renowned for its seafood, and harvests it fresh from the region.

Throughout the year, Seehoff hosts events and entertainment including the Weisswurst morning pint, featuring folk music performed by local musicians. Guests can sit along the beer garden’s lakeside promenade, the largest in Germany. From there, paddle steamers await to take patrons onto the water to get a closer look at the mountainside.

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