An Elegant Estate Isolated in the Alps

One hundred kilometers from Munich, hidden between the Zugspitz Glacier and Karwendel Mountain Range of the Bavarian alps, Schloss Elmau resides in the form of two 5-star hotels of one renowned resort. The Cultural Hideaway is a centuries-old castle boasting rich, historic ties to the region, while the Retreat is known to accommodate world leaders and politicians. Surrounded by a vast, wilderness landscape and Heidi-esque meadows, the resort’s coveted location affords access to several cultural landmarks, such as baroque churches and illustrious castles. It’s a mesmerizing region characterized by vistas and silence; crystal clear lakes and rushing streams; the scent of rare flowers and the breath of the mountains.

Architect Baulmann Leuchten of Sundern led the renovation of the property in 2005. The result is a grand yet comfortable atmosphere with a warm palette comprised of rustic orange, sunshine yellow and deep red. Chunky furniture and brightly colored rugs furnish yards of hard-wood floors. Its main areas, from the music room to reception, are illuminated by Catellani & Smith lamps. Ultimately, the most instrumental features are the floor-to-ceiling windows and extensive terraces that provide views of the mountains and meadows.


Schloss Elmau undoubtedly claims one of the most impressive backgrounds of any existing hotel. It was built between 1914 and 1916 by Dr Johannes Müller, an intense critic of the Third Reich during Hitler’s rise to power, as a personal and communal sanctuary for silence, self-reflection and freedom from ideology. Until 1951, it operated as a sanatorium for Holocaust survivors and displaced refugees, eventually becoming a mecca for chamber music thanks to support from the legendary Amadeus Quartet and Jewish artists. By the 90s, Bernard Muller-Elmau worked to redefine the hotel as a cultural hideaway where art and scholarship could thrive. Consequently, Schloss Elmau has become a regular meeting place for intellectuals all over the world, as well as the host of several iconic debates and speeches, including Chancellor Angela Merkel’s vigorous pre-election speech in 2005. That same year, a fire destroyed two-thirds of the castle, though it afforded the opportunity for a grand renovation. It reopened in 2005 as one of the leading hotels in the world. The Retreat most recently hosted the 41st G7 summit in June of 2015, accommodating the heads of state and government from the US, Canada, Japan, France, Great Britain, Italy and Germany.

Rooms & Suites

The renovated Hideaway includes one-hundred and fifteen rooms and suites offering casual luxury and breathtaking views. Interiors are both timelessly elegant and intimate, blending warm lights, subtle oriental influences and precious natural materials. Every room boasts furniture from India and Indonesia, natural stone in large bathrooms and oiled oak parquet floors. They also feature lavish bead spreads from Schramm as well as Iranian Kushkali carpets and high-speed internet access.

Alternatively, The Retreat provides forty-seven suites ranging from 60-200 square meters, which include Toto washlets and noiseless, sustainable cooling systems. Its 120 square meter Summit Suite, the resorts most impressive residence, overlooks Wetterstein Mountain and Ferchenbach in the south. If its master bedroom, living room and kid’s bedroom aren’t enough, it can be connected to the 80 square meter Valley Suite to form the Presidential Suite. The Summit Suite also showcases a 24 square meter bathroom with a rare and unique addition: Kaldewei Meisterstücke baths; freestanding and recessed tubs made of steel enameled paneling that serve as the centerpiece of the bathroom.

Spa Collection

Among the most attractive features of Schloss Elmau is its legendary spa collection, where you can relax and exercise in pristine natural settings at both the Hideaway and Retreat. Swim in the warm waters of several outdoor lap pools heated year-round, unwind in the Japanese Onsen, sauna, and steam room or embark on Yoga summits conducted by outstanding teachers. Badehaus Spa features the Ananda Spa Restaurant and a top-floor Lady Spa with a teal lounge, rooftop pool and sunbathing terrace. Each sauna area at the Shantigiri Spa includes a sole-steam bath, a large Finnish sauna and direct access to the Nature Spa’s own sauna and lap pool at Ferchenbach Creek, which possess three clay tennis courts and a pool café across forty tranquil acres. Guests can even enjoy two fully equipped fitness centers, a Pilates studio, Taiji retreats and Traditional Chinese Medicine practices. Upon request, spa directors also organize individual programs and treatments, such as the Physio Floating Massage created by Dr. Imke Konig and conducted in the outdoor, saltwater pool. But the resort’s quintessential spa experience is its famous Turkish Hamam — the largest west of Istanbul — comprising 5,400 square meters of ancient Jurassic stone, four treatment rooms, two steamed baths, a tea lounge and three dome rooms with water tubs and hot stones.

Restaurants & Lounges

You’ll hardly find a more dignified hotel experience than at Schloss Elmau restaurants and lounges. Al Camino’s red walls, fireplace lounge and jazz pianist create a dignified ambiance in the hideaway, while The Retreat’s Library Lounge is an all-in-one restaurant, bar, terrace and library with gaping windows and sophisticated décor. At Ganesha, Tutto Mondo and Summit, you can feel Mediterranean levity and savor contemporary Italian cuisine from Executive Chef Sergio Merolla.

Chefs Christoph Rainer and Marie-Helen Krebs lead Schloss Elmau’s premier restaurant, Luce D’Oro. This cozy, contemporary eatery is up to date with clean lines and refined wooden walls that provide the perfect venue for casual fine dining. A modern interpretation of Bavarian regional cuisine incorporates Asian flavors in a five-course tasting menu. The restaurant and culinary team are currently relocating to a mountain ridge 1200 meters above sea level, near the resort’s Elmauer Alm Lodge and restaurant built in 1924. Luce D’Oro has also garnered several awards, including two Michelin stars, 18 Gault Millau Points and 9.5 out of 10 pans in the “Gusto” restaurant guide.

Services & Facilities

The Elmau’s services and facilities are above and beyond even the most luxurious of hotels. Dr. Ingeborg Prager’s bookstore is an internationally celebrated literary institute, as well as one of the largest libraries in any hotel, featuring modern furnishings, book presentations and lectures from prominent authors. More than 200 classic music and jazz concerts take place annually at the Hideaway’s iconic concert hall, in addition to several festivals and recordings. Two inclusive shops sell furniture, accessories, signature fabrics from Andrew Martin and lights from Enzo Catellani. Hiking, climbing, skiing and archery also provide an opportunity to connect with nature and discover historical sites, such as the Schachenhaus of King Ludwig II in the Wetterstein Mountains.

In Elmau 2, 82493 Krün, Germany

+49 8823 180

  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet (WIFI)
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Baby Sitting
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Station
  • Pool
  • Infinity Pool
  • Rooftop Pool
  • Adult Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Play Area For Children
  • Kids Club
  • Free Shuttle / Taxi Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Business Center With Internet Access
  • Conference Facilities
  • Banquet Room
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Baggage Storage
  • Concierge
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Butler Service
  • Laundry Service
Guest Rooms
  • Allergy-Free Room
  • Bathrobes
  • Additional Bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Private Balcony
  • Room Service
  • Minibar
  • Flatscreen Tv
  • Safe
  • Refrigerator
Room Types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Restaurants
  • Breakfast Available
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Fitness Center With Gym/ Workout Room
  • Fitness Spa Locker Rooms
  • Sauna
  • Family Spa
  • Adult Spa
  • Facial Treatments
  • Foot Massage
  • Full Body Massage
  • Salon
  • Steam Room
  • Tennis Court
  • Yoga Pavilion
  • Children Activities
  • Yoga Classes
  • Yoga Retreats
  • Taijiquan & Qi Gong Retreat
  • Forest Bathing
  • Concerts
Activities (Sports)
  • Alpine Wildlife
  • Triathlon Camp
  • Archery
  • Tennis
  • Jogging
  • Hiking & Rock Climbing
  • Mountain Biking & Race Biking
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf

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