Special Gerstungen Travel Tips by Bettina Kraft
Why I like Gerstungen: Gerstungen, Thuringia, was one of the former official crossing points between East and West Germany. Between 1945 and 1989, the only visitors who were allowed to this town were those who had been granted official government permits. This effectively cut Gerstungen off from the rest of the country. Today this town of approximately 6,000 residents has increased its ties both east and west. When visiting Gerstungen, take the time to visit the Werratalmuseum with its eclectic collection of geological specimens, prehistoric exhibits, and folklore displays. In addition to this, outdoor recreation opportunities abound. Bike paths will lead you along the scenic course of the Werra River. Also, hiking and climbing paths, some of which date back to the 1880s, criss-cross the landscape. Although Gerstungen does not offer many tourist attractions, the famous Wartburg Castle is only 20 miles away from the town, making it an ideal day trip destination. Also, the castle ruins of Brandenburg bei Lauchroede, the largest Romanesque double castle in Thuringia, are only about 6 miles distant. Lastly, if you are interested in the region's mining culture, go to the Erlebnisbergwerk Merkers for the day. Linger in the "Goldraum," where at the end of World War II, the Reichsbank stored its entire gold stash and countless artworks.
These Gerstungen travel tips are compiled by Bettina Kraft. Bettina likes to help visitors from all over the world to experience Germany in a different, more personal way, and make it easy for them to do so by providing detailed travel tips and advise.
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There is unfortunately a lot of scam and fraud on the Internet today and we read sad stories about families who booked a cheap apartment on a rental site only to find out later when they arrived that this apartment did not even exist! Therefore when you see our LLAG quality seal next to an apartment listing that means that we have verified and approved this particular apartment and you can be assured that this is a good choice when booking this one.
Of course, given our large selection of vacation rentals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland we cannot personally inspect every one of them. However, here is what we do to to ensure overall high quality and minimze the risk of fraud:
First, we are very selective and don't accept apartments of poor quality based on submitted description and photos.
We verify the owner's address, require a web site, and a valid phone number. With many of our property owners we talk with them over the phone on a daily basis and we have built up with them a strong business relationship over the years.
If we experience communication issues with a property owner, e.g. they respond too slowly to inquiries or customer requests, we investigate and possibly cancel our business relationship with that owner. Reason is if we are not able to successfully communicate with an owner, how can we expect that it should work out with a potential tenant?
We have a very high customer satisfaction rate (please read our customer testimonials.) However, if a customer reports issues we also immediately investigate. In case of incidents where we believe the quality and overall service of an apartment is no longer up to our standards we also remove that one from our site quickly.
Those quality measures helped us in the past to successfully protect our customers when booking a rental through us. Look for the LLAG quality seal that indicates that we have approved and verified that apartment.