There is a place in Banat called "Casa Altringen," a Pensiune (Bed &
Breakfast) built in the typical style of a Banat house, about 20 miles NE of Temeswar. If
you were traveling NE from Temeswar towards Blumenthal (Masloc), a road goes off to the
right towards Charlotenburg and not far Altringen. At the Casa Altringen website, click
on "location" there is a good map, and it has "Glogowatz /
Vladimirescu" shown north of this area! The back road may be a good alternative as
you could also see the country side. I'd rather take the less beaten paths myself.
The next time I go to Banat, I am almost sure I will give
this place a try. They surely have someone to speak English, as some of their website is
in English. They can accommodate up to 20 guest, a group of Donauschwaben visitors would
make a nice time! The Banat Media site is promoting the Casa Altringen, and have more
nice photos: http://www.banat-media.de/altringen/index.html
This area of the Banat region, to me, is the sweetest! You'd have a great view of the
rolling mountain sides to the east. You're making me miss Banat all over again, I am
hoping to visit again in 2007! Do you have a date set yet?
If you want to stay in Timisoara, below are my recommendations... Arad would be closer to
Glogowatz, and I don't know about accommodations there. Timisoara would be more
central to both Glogowatz and Hatzfield.
I have stayed at and recommend the "Zefin Pensiune" in the Mehala area of
Timisoara, which is the SW corner, closer to the road towards Hatzfield. The owner and
staff are very accommodating and prepare good food. They will also pick you up at the
airport. For more info see: http://www.dvhh.org/timisquarters/2004/people.htm#Zefir
I """DO NOT""" recommend "The Dragan Residence"
(which is across the street from the Zefin) and seen at:
I checked in there last year, because the Zefir Pensiune was full and it was a very
unpleasant experience and after 2 days checked out and went to a hotel. If necessary I
can fill you in on the details in private.
If you want to stay in a hotel, I have stayed at the Perla at 2 different trips, and they
get a thumbs up!: http://www.hotelperla.ro/
and they have air conditioning now, which most
places will not have. The cost is about the same as an average hotel here in the US.
I don't recommend renting a car. The roads are very rough in Banat, especially in the
villages. And the drivers will scare the living daylights out of you. Not to mention,
unless you speak the languages, you will need a translator with you to communicate, even
if only to get directions.
If you need a guide and translator, I recommend Cristian Badiou of Tymes Tours,
- on this page you will see him
communicating with a village resident of Knees, (and a friend of Alex Leebs) during our
trip in 2004.
**Hey Cristian, would you delete one of the m's in McKim? - Thank you ;-)
Cristian (also on the dvhh-l mail list member), is a very nice guy and knowledgeable of
the area. I'm not sure if he goes as far north as Arad, he could tell you his
boundaries. And you may have to pre-plan and book your outting with him, as he does stay
In Timisoara, I've also made another friend, Calin Boruga, Taxi & Translator - his
telephone number is 0722534647 - tell him I referred you. He loves going out on genealogy
trips to villages, but I'm not sure how far out he will go from Timisoara. He might go
If you have time, make a visit to the Adam Müller-Guttenbrunn House, Address: 10-12
Gheorghe Lazar Street, Timisoara
Here's my own little make shift Banat travel guide, there may be some useful
information and tips for you:
FYI: clothes dryers are scarce, and most cars do not have air conditioning.
Hope some of this helps!
(Kathy, are you related to Anton Zollner?)
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, November 26, 2006 4:53 PM
Subject: [DVHH] Glogowatz & Hatzfeld
For 2007, I may be planning a trip to my families' former villages in Romania, and
would like any recommendations as to lodging in those areas:
Any travel info would be appreciated, ie, is there rail service to these villages from
major cities (Budapest or Bucharest, or other?), or is rental car recommended? What
language is spoken in these villages - German, Romanian, English?
Any recommendations and insight would be appreciated.
Kathy (Zollner) High