The Türken Experience
First off, let me repeat that I love staying at the Türken! But for those who are used to American hotels, with all their amenities and services, staying at the Hotel zum Türken will be a different experience. European hotel rooms are traditionally smaller than their American counterparts (although the Türken rooms are larger than many others I have stayed in). German hotels, especially traditional ones, rarely have air conditioning (open up that window and enjoy that great mountain air, and listen for the cuckoos in the woods!). The Türken rooms do not have their own TV or phone - there is a pay phone in the hallway on the first floor (second floor to Americans), and there is a community TV in the guest lounge. An evening visit to the lounge and house bar is a great way to mingle with other Türken guests. (The house bar is "honor system" - just write down your name/room number and what you drank on the note pads behind the bar, and this will be added to your hotel bill.)
However, there are no internet hook-ups available ... this can be a welcome relief from the daily grind (but I do have to admit, my inbox really backs up while I stay at the Türken). There are internet cafes in Berchtesgaden itself.
Don't be alarmed if the bathroom in your room has only a curtain over the doorway ... it takes some getting used to, but it's part of the "Türken Experience." Some of the showers do not have curtains - that's also a part of staying in German hotels. As is the lack of a wash cloth - Germans don't use one - feel free to bring your own.
The Türken does have laundry facilities for guests - just ask the staff for details.
The Türken breakfast (Frühstück) is great - one of my favorite things about staying there! When you first enter the breakfast room, you will see a small silver plate with your room number on one of the tables - this is your table (it may not be the same table each morning of your stay, but normally so). Alas, the Türken does not serve other meals, but there are several fine restaurants in the area (ask for recommendations).
Please note that the Türken is only open to house guests, and the front door should remain locked except when going in and out - so don't forget to carry your front door key!
When you make your reservation, you will note that there are different classes/prices of rooms. If this is your first stay, by all means, I recommend getting a room on the "view" side, preferably with a balcony. (If you get a room on the "mountain" side, all you will see from your window is the hillside behind the hotel, with perhaps a glimpse of the Eagle's Nest.) The prices vary as to which side of the hotel, and whether the room has a balcony and a bath. Adventurous folks may want to save some money by staying in a room without bath, and using the shared facilities on each floor. This is another part of the traditional European hotel experience - it is completely private - you lock the door of the bathroom behind you when in use.
Finally ... enjoy your stay!
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