Set in large gardens in Kleinheringen, this family-run hotel offers panoramic views of the Saale Valley and Rudelsburg Castle. Guests enjoy traditional Thuringian cuisine and a pretty courtyard beer garden. Country-style rooms with flat-screen TVs are provided at the Hotel Sonnekalb. The charming interiors feature solid wood furniture and red-and-white checked fabrics. Each room has a modern bathroom with shower and hairdryer. A large, German-style breakfast buffet is available each morning. The Sonnekalb’s rustic dining areas are decorated with antique farming equipment, and there is even a small agricultural museum on site. The surrounding vineyards and the nearby River Ilm are ideal for hiking and cycling. Guests enjoy discounts at the Toskana Therme Spa in Bad Sulza, which is 2.5 miles away.