The Poem Ode to Joy is best known for its use by Ludwig von Beethoven in his Ninth Symphony, and today it is the anthem of the European Union. But the poem was originally penned at the end of the 18th century by the poet from whom this hotel takes its name: Friedrich von Schiller. Hotel Friedrich von Schiller stands on the historical market square of Bietigheim-Bissingen, not far from Stuttgart in southwestern Germany. The hotel, with its elegant 17th-century architecture, embodies the very best of German hospitality.
Hostess and sommelier Regine Schork was brought up with this tradition of hospitality by her parents and grandparents, and together with her husband Burkhard she now follows in their footsteps. Burkhard is a creative butcher and excellent chef, renowned for his traditional sausages and game dishes combined with regional and seasonal produce.
The elegant guestrooms and suites offer views over the park or the market square, where the hotel has its relaxing pavement café. A hidden feature of special interest: the hotel’s ice cellar, once used for storing beer and wine, is 500 years old.
*Minimum stay of 2 nights required when check-in is on a weekend day
Lunch and dinner are served in the Gute Stube in the historic part of Hotel Friedrich von Schiller’s culinary domain, with open fireplace, wooden flooring, comfortable seating and the Schiller Library. The other section of the restaurant, the Terrassenzimmer, gives access to the terrace at the rear of the hotel. Chef Burkhard is renowned for his Swabian cuisine, using mainly fresh and seasonal locally sourced produce, including his own hunted game. The award-winning wine cellar is Regine Schork’s pride and joy.
Closed on Sundays.
Hotel Friedrich von Schiller has two terraces each with its own character. Weather permitting, the terrace at the historic Bietigheim-Bissingen market square is the ideal place to enjoy a wonderful cappuccino or an extensive lunch (the lunch menu is called The New Schork Times) while enjoying the lively market days on Wednesdays and Saturdays. At the rear of the hotel the second terrace offer views over the park and the river Mette.
Bietigheim is famous for its beautifully preserved medieval town centre. The 14th century city gates, the 15th century timber framed town hall and the 14th century city walls are real must-sees. Staying in Hotel Friedrich von Schiller, you cannot forget a visit to the birthplace of this historical German writer in nearby picturesque Marbach am Neckar.
Half an hour will bring you to Stuttgart. Baden-Württemberg’s capital offers you everything a big city should, such as great shopping and wonderful museums, including the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart and of course the Staatsgallerie Stuttgart with a superb extension by the post-modern architect James Stirling. Car lovers visit Stuttgart for the Mercedes-Benz’ and Porsche Museums. If you prefer cycling or hiking, the beautiful countryside surrounding Bietigheim-Bissingen offers many bicycle and hiking trails. Your visit won’t be complete without a visit to the many vineyards in the region.