A bed & breakfast with 6 rooms, built in the early sixties and situated in Altenau, the Harz, Germany. The place is perfect for a long weekend or a couple of days away, unwinding in the cosy and comfortable B&B. The atmosphere is casual and we want to feel our guests at ease.
The Orchidee is dog friendly. Please let us know if you bring your pet.
The cosy village of Altenau, with 2400 inhabitants, is situated at an altitude of 500 metres. It is one of the seven mining villages. After the closure of the mines, tourism became the main source of income. All through the year tourists flock to Altenau to enjoy the healthy air and the many wellness opportunities.
The Harz area is a hidden jewel in the heart of Germany. Known for its romantic towns and small mountain villages, veiled in a scenery of mountains, deep valleys with rich forests, mysterious caves, clear lakes and waterfalls. The Harz may appear to have fallen into oblivion and might look a bit dated, yet it truly is an area that deserves to be rediscovered.
It is a paradise for hikers and mountainbikers in summer. In winter it is a beautiful area for winter hiking and cross country skiing. From Torfhaus you can follow the 8 km long Goethepad to the highest mountain in the Harz, the Brocken.
Traditionally, the Harz is a health resort with a wide range of leisure opportunities. Should you wish to treat yourself to some nice relaxation and get pampered, the Harz offers a great number of places with natural springs and an extensive wellness programme. Whether you are looking for a mud bath, a subterranean spa, a relaxing sauna visit or the Kristall bath in Altenau, all are at your disposal.
Once the first snowflakes fall, the landscape is magically transformed into a fairy-tale picture postcard, offering fantastic winter sports opportunities such as (cross-country) skiing, to be enjoyed by all ages. It is neither the Alps nor Winterberg. Yet its intimacy makes this winter sports area extra special. The Harz offers value for money.
A cosy and comfortable bed & breakfast.
The B&B has a total of 6 rooms, divided over 2 floors. The rooms on the 1st floor have a balcony. All rooms have their own toilet and shower, television and internet access.
In the summer you can enjoy a swim in our pool and relax on the grass. During winter it is nice to gather round our warm and cosy wood burning stove after returning from (cross-country) skiing or a walk in the wintry countryside.
breakfast is served between 8:00 and 10:00.
You are welcome to check-in between 16:00 and 22:00. Do you arrive later? Please let us know.
The B&B started off as a hotel with 10 rooms in Altenau and was built in the early sixties. The original elements from this period are still present in the building.
In 2011 we came across the hotel and bought it. For some time we had been looking for a project to turn into a B&B, which we could run during the school holidays. By chance we ended up in Germany, via a pop-up of the advert on Marktplaats. So we went to Germany to have a look at the hotel and the Harz area. What we saw grew to our liking, so we decided to take on this adventure.