Monika Scheffler A Water Sports Enthusiast

Thanks to my diving certificate and water sport training, I've got to know our Franconian lake area from a completely new point of view. I've discovered a beautiful - and often almost empty - beach at the Rothsee Lake. I often visit it in summer after work, so I can get away from everything and enjoy the sunset. Even when it's so close to home, I sometimes give guests a tip to go there so they can have some peace in the countryside and a refreshing swim in a lake after they've finished their work.

Last year I and our Labrador Gracie - the second generation of mascot at our Congress Hotel Mercure - started to learn stand up paddling together. Now that I have figured out that it is an ideal hobby to put your stress and troubles behind, we have spent some entertaining hours on the water together.

We've had "office dogs" for more than 15 years. I can't imagine anything nicer. We've already had a lot of amusing experiences with Gracie, my one-and-a-half-year-old Labrador, and Wilson, our other hotel dog. We almost always manage to get a smile from a guest - no matter how stressful their day has been.

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Rothsee Lake

From our hotel to the Rothsee Lake, I only need to drive 20 minutes. It's like a mini-break for me to go there after work and spend one or two hours paddling around as the sun sets or to enjoy the last rays on the beach. Sometimes I spend time here under water, in anticipation of my next diving trip.


Gutmann am Dutzendteich

I find the location and atmosphere of Gutmann am Dutzendteich fantastic. To sit in the beer garden in the shade of those huge old trees and look at the Dutzendteich Lake is incredible. It really makes you feel as if you were on vacation.

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Park am Dutzendteich / Silbersee

The hotel is located right next to the park at the Dutzendteich Lake. It is wonderful to see the lake covered with mist as I head to my office in the morning. Then I can watch the sun rise and hear the birds singing. I love to walk my dog around the Silbersee Lake or take a turn through the woods.