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Back at Adina Frankfurt Neue Oper, the hotel group’s signature fresh, smart comfort prevails. My small balcony overlooks city and river; downstairs, the red-walled Alto restaurant is furnished with black bucket chairs, high-backed bar stools, tapestry-fabric screens and wall features. Adina’s second Frankfurt hotel, in the heart of the shopping district, opened in late 2016.
Two hours by train and I’m in Nuremberg. Here, too, historic buildings have been painstakingly restored. Half-timbered houses and irregular cobbled streets abound. Covered, brick-arch bridges span the river, painted medieval statues — a mitred bishop, a longhaired virgin and child — adorn buildings, crystal and porcelain gleam from antique-shop windows. Albrecht Durer’s museum house is here. Even the Imperial Castle, begun in the 11th century, reduced to war-time rubble, is a 21st-century highlight. Moss-covered feudal walls and towers rise heavily above a square of flowering trees and open-air cafes. Inside the walls, old trees shade startlingly green lawns, flower beds and paths overhung with flowering lilacs. The castle chapel is a must, with frescoes and carved, gold-robed saints.
Just outside the old city walls in St Johannis district, Hesperidengarten, a secluded historic garden, is also well worth the short bus ride. Back in the centre, in the Church of St. Lorenz, an accidental highlight unfolds. Amid ribbed gothic arches that soar out of sight, glints of gold and shafts of light shimmering through stained glass, a cast of black-caped singers in jeans rehearses Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.
Adina Nuremberg is one of the group’s newest hotels. Its public spaces are cocooned in subtle, warm colours; guestrooms, in soft charcoals, contrast with the usual plump snowy pillows and duvets and, in my chamber, dark gem-coloured velvet cushions and an amethyst wool throw. It all spells sheltered comfort. Up on the flat roof, a grassed area gives sweeping skyline views and, at Alto restaurant, seasonal produce includes a creamy soup of fresh garlic. It’s spring in the city.
Judith Elen was a guest of Adina Apartment Hotels in Berlin, Frankfurt and Nuremberg.