“Inhale the freedom of the mountains at 1,000m above sea level – on the jogging tour of a lifetime, on a tobogganing adventure in the ice canal or simply in the suite by the fireplace.” Sylvie Konzack
Two hours away from Munich the world is a different place. And yet it is exactly the way you would most likely imagine it as a visitor to the Bavarian capital. All around, towering mountain massifs, winding roads, the legendary peaks of Watzmann & Co. and much exciting history. One of them is told by the luxury hotel which opened in 2005 as an architectural hot spot high up on the Eckerbichl at Obersalzberg.
Long after its opening, the reputation of the new building continued to oscillate between a natural top location and the former image of a restricted driving area, between a design temple and “too modern for the area”. I visited the hotel myself a few times during this time as a conference guest or journalist and often felt the overall restrained feeling that the hotel, despite all its outstanding architecture, cuisine and spa world, could never finally find its place in the region. This has since changed in an exciting way. The atmosphere in the hotel, where Kempinski has been the host since 2015, has become more lively and personal. GM Werner Müller, who is about 40 years old and dressed in sporty Bavarian gear, is happy to tell you about the mountain tour he did yesterday and how it really manages to clear his head. The young event manager raves about the places of his childhood between Königsee and Kehl that invite him to go cycling or hiking.. And the smart in-house activity concierge Manuel Huber has the right tour tip ready whatever the weather or your mood.
In conversation or in “his” Activity Guide Manuel Huber recommends a bouquet of tours, paths and challenges – whether the “Pure Alpine Sundowner Bike Tour” at 1,000 m, canyoning, tobogganing in the ice channel or the hike from Maria Gern to the Kneifelspitze. Experience adventure, with or without him. Do things on two or three days for which you have not had the courage or the opportunity before. And if you don’t do anything, you won’t have a bad time out up here. Truly, you won’t. The newly renovated 154 m² maisonette suites of the Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden, for example, invites you to take a long look at the Alpine world on two floors – including a 40 m² penthouse Panorama Bergwelt terrace and a balcony. If you come alone, you will also be blissfully happy in the 75 m² Panorama Suite, with its own fireplace and outrageously good mountain views. And smaller and more beautiful is of course also possible here.