Explore a sublime, preserved environment, a peaceful oasis where time seems to stand still. Set out to meet nature face-to-face and find utter relaxation in Bavaria’s warm hospitality and unique savoir-faire.
Germany is an outstanding travel destination brimming with beauty, yet strangely underestimated. I had been dreaming of going back to the Alps for some time, to escape the routine and catch my breath. So I decided to head to Bavaria to explore the lesser-known, more traditional German Alps. And here we are, my partner and I, taking ten days on the Bavarian roads.
Step 1: Park Hotel Egerner Höfe
We begin our adventure with a delicately nostalgic establishment an hour from Munich. We are at the traditional property of Egerner Höfe, perfect for our first encounter with Bavaria. The premises are just minutes from Lake Tegernsee and the architecture, in colors that blend perfectly with the surroundings, leaves us open-mouthed in awe. We are even blessed with the chance to sample the culinary artistry of Chef Thomas Kellermann and his truly stunning fusion of textures.
Step 2: Gut Steinbach Hotel & Chalets
To reach the Gut Steinbach hotel, we cross over a mountain pass, every turn of which reveals yet another incredible view, and we have now arrived in a veritable paradise lost. Chalets, lake, mountains, deer – the most authentic experience imaginable. We are surrounded by purity and tranquility, impressed by the interior décor and details, wrapped in the halo of warmth radiating from this establishment. This road trip gives us freedom to explore and a chance to learn more about the country and its culture. At every stop, we are amazed by the wooden architecture and rich detail of the chalets, as well as the hospitality of our Bavarian hosts, eager to share their savoir-faire.
Step 3: Landomantik Hotel Oswald
At long last, we head east of Munich to discover, hidden in the Bavarian forest, the Landromantik Hotel. Each property offers its own unique world, somehow suspended in time. The surrounding countryside is breathtaking, swathed in soft colors and heart-stirring light. This last hotel is a remarkable, subtle balance of traditional charm and contemporary chic. The terrace at the end of our room leads us directly to the outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room for some exquisite relaxation to conclude our road trip. Between the chalets, lakes, mountains, and deer, Bavaria is truly a paradise lost, quintessentially authentic.