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Elizabeth was with me when we approached Oberhof, located in the Thuringian Forest close to the "Rennsteig".
Even not being sports fanatics, we knew that Oberhof had hosted the Biathlon World Cup in January 2005.
After we entered the village we were surprised to see nobody on the road. Then we knew why - an UFO had landed and must have snatched all people
Did we really see an UFO?
We proceeded and learned immediately that it was not an UFO but a spa, called the "Rennsteig-Thermen". It was still early and only a few cars were parked around this attraction. We decided to spend an evening here during our next visit to Thuringia.
No UFO! Just a modern designed spa!
Elizabeth found something interesting
She loves nature and animals but also shopping and the spas.
The eye catching "TREFF Hotel Panorama" overlooks Oberhof
We could not resist to see this hotel which belongs to the Ramada group from a closer distance. It certainly will not be the cheapest place to stay, but obviously it offers all comfort which you may ask for.
Oberhof is certainly a great tourist attraction and the surroundings are beautiful. What I did not like was the arrogance of certain business and of some people in the tourist information center when we came back the following year.
Obviously these "experts" are still following the old GDR philosophy that customers or visitors should be thankful for any service. For that reason I am not surprised that for example the beautiful spa went into bankruptcy and again I could not see many visitors - no comparison to Bavaria and not even to places like Schmalkalden, Meiningen etc.!
Even little Tabarz was crowded compared to Oberhof.
I think that pumping more money into Oberhof should not be the first priority. Managers with a proven experience in tourism are a mandatory prerequisite to make Oberhof to an all year long destination for visitors from many countries. Not everybody comes for biathlon or winter sport.
I hope that this has happened in the meantime and that the staff got proper training how to treat visitors. They bring the money to pay their wages.
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