hotel & history

Feeling of comfort, enjoyment of romance

Feel at home in the heart of romance – a home away from home to enjoy and relax, to experience and discover. You will find everything you wish for a relaxing time away from your everyday routine.

The buildings of the Alte Bauernschänke date back to 1408 and are owned for more than 50 years by the Berg family. Since then we have kept renovating our traditional buildings in order to offer our guests finest standard and comfort. Together with Berg´s Vis a Vis and Berg´s Auszeit „Wellness and Wine”, the hotel has been expanded by three more buildings.

Our family can look back on 90 years in the restaurant and hotel trade, we have made hospitality our passion!

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From the origin

The origin of the company Berg's Alte Bauernschänke lies in today's part "Vis á Vis", which the winemaker Konrad Berg from Hattenheim used to run from 1918 under the name "Nassauer Hof" as a small hotel with 8 rooms.

In 1960, his son Fritz Berg and his wife Lore bought the historical "Alte Bauernschänke" opposite. The middle and oldest part of this complex, built in 1408, used to be a towing station. Here there were stables and a changing station for donkeys and horses, which pulled the ships upstream through the narrows of the Rhine Valley. A smithy was located in the front half-timbered part with pointed gables. In front of it, as is customary in the countryside, the dung heap.


The change

In 1870, the Niederwald, which had always been a well-visited region for strolling, gained tourist importance with the construction of the Germania.

At that time, the then owner of the old farmer's tavern paid a visit to Vienna. He liked the tradition of the Heurigen: listening to music, dancing and drinking wine. Fritz Wittmann turned the former donkey stable into a place of “Rhineland cheerfulness” many years before Rüdesheim’s Drosselgasse, which was well-known for this, got its reputation for it. Here people danced and emptied many a barrel.

In 1885 the cog railway was built, which brought guests from the valley to the Niederwald. The Hotel zur Rack Railway was built in the upper part of the property (our current breakfast restaurant).


Til today

To this day we maintain the tradition of our own house wine. The small winery Konrad Berg & Sohn lives on in the 3rd generation and now offers highly awarded wines.

In 2006, the business expanded again to include the adjoining "Berg's Auszeit" area, which offers our guests "wellness & wine" at a high level. There would still be a lot to tell - visit us and experience tradition and family warmth.

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