Hesse Hotel Behrmann in Hamburg Blankenese

Rating ****

Price-performance ****

At Hotel Behrmann, part of the local Hesse Hotel chain, we enjoyed a decent size room in prime location in central Blankenese, an upmarket area of Hamburg. Insisting on a quiet room in our booking request, we were lucky to get a large, patio facing room, away from the main street “Elbchaussee”. The bathroom with a shower was modern, but very narrow. We felt that 110€ per night (incl tax) for a large, quiet room and breakfast buffet were very reasonable, considering the location.


The hotel is well run and rooms were clean throughout. When we visited over the Whitsun weekend, the hotel was busy with couples and families. The breakfast buffet was well stocked, though at around 10:30 am the scrambled egg was already cold. The green tea with one 5gr tea bag per pot was a bit of a disappointment, but the coffee was fine.


Underground Parking
Underground Parking

The staff are friendly and uncomplicated, facilitated keys for our late arrival and didn’t request a deposit for the booking. The hotel doesn’t offer bike parking, though we parked our bikes in the underground garage where it felt safe. Our impression would have been even better, if Hotel Behrmann had provided some safe, covered bike parking or Sheffield stands in the underground garage! The friendly staff accepted to keep our bike panniers in reception after check-out, while we visited Blankenese’s stairs quarter “Treppenviertel”.



Hotel Behrmann, Hiltrud Hesse KG (Hr Beenke: “Rezeption bis 21:30 Uhr”)

Elbchaussee 522-528, 22587 Hamburg Blankenese

Tel +49408669720; Fax +4940 866972 49; EMail: reservierung@hotel-behrmann.de

Pension am Markt is a friendly B&B in Werben

Hanse und Romantik
Hanse City Werben

The former Hanse city of Werben is Germany’s smallest city, with just 800 people living within the city limits by the river Elbe.

Arriving after 21:00 hrs on a a 111km bike ride from Berlin to this historic, half timbered house on Werben’s market square, the friendly owner Gunter Zwinzscher opened the door and first helped my bike, luggage and me into the

Roter Adler

gated and covered bike parking, where there were a few bikes parked as well as displays about local attractions plus some locally produced art.

View from the kitchen

Gunter showed me the breakfast room, ‘communal kitchen’, where he offered me a welcome drink (I took a beer for rehydration) and my double bed room with table and modern bathroom. The room’s two old, single glass windows lead straight onto the cobble stone laid market square, but fears of traffic noise were unfounded. There is no traffic in Werben,
Germany’s smallest city of 800 souls. The B&B Roter Adler and the old Hanse city of Werben offer a surprising mix of history, nature and calm. I very much recommend this place.

The room, bathroom, welcome drink and generous breakfast cost €30 (for one person, please pay in cash). I even could fill my thermo with tea for the next 170km stage of my bike ride.

Pension Roter Adler

Pension am Markt Roter Adler
Margret und Gunter Zwinzscher
Marktplatz 13, 39615 Hansestadt Werben (Elbe)
Tel.: +49 (0)39393 / 910 44