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A Retreat to Germany

If you are looking for a tranquil place, somewhat close to home, but even closer to the heart, consider Schloss Elmau a beautiful retreat in the German Alps, a property fit for royalty, with a promise of serenity interspersed with extreme sports, if you so desire.

The Elmau Valley in Germany sits amidst one of the most beautiful and varied landscapes in the world - The Southern Alps, featuring majestic mountains, crystal clear lakes, rushing streams, gaping canyons, untouched forests, idyllic valleys and fairy tale castles.  Located just 65 miles south of Munich and 28 miles north of Innsbruck, this resort is over 3000 ft. above sea level at the foot of the Wetterstein mountain range, between Garmisch and Mittenwald in perhaps the most beautiful valley in the Alps.  The company has hosted G7 Summits for world leaders in 2015 and 2022.

The grounds boast two unique Leading Hotels of the World’ brand properties, with spacious rooms and suites.  The hotels offer soothing treatments and relaxation in six spas and seven pools, an authentic Oriental Hamam and hot Japanese Onsen Pool.  Guests can practice Taijiquan and Yoga with exceptional teachers.  There are inspiring programs for kids and teens, dance retreats and dance parties, a phenomenal bookstore and concerts by many recognized European artists.  In fact, Schloss Elmau offers a culturally and historically significant and globally unique cultural program with more than 200 concerts, readings and film screenings a year.

Outstanding food & service can be enjoyed in 11 restaurants with menus from various cusines from around the world: French-Japanese, Indian, Thai, European , Swiss, German, Bavarian and Alpine fare. The two hotels have a total of 324 rooms and suites.

The resort appeals to all seasons, with winter sports including downhill and cross-country skiing, ice skating, tobogganing, snow shoeing, snow biking, dog sledding, curling and archery.  The summer offers swimming in the lakes or pool, mountain and e-biking, jogging, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, canyoning, paragliding, kayaking, paddle boarding, kite surfing, rowing , tennis, golf and simply just sunbathing.  There are guided tours, fitness programs, lessons for beginners and even intermediate sports enthusiasts.  And of course, there is a fully equipped gym and trainers to assist in your routines.

The awards and accolades for Schloss are numerous- in case hosting the G7 Summit twice does not impress.  Among the awards are Conde’ Nast Gold List – Best Hotels in the World 2020, 2024, The World’s Best Spas 2023, Bilanz Best Resorts in Europe (1) 2020 (2) 2021-2022 (3) 2023.

If you fancy going to Europe, check out Schloss Elmau.  It is sure to inspire and encourage a return visit in another season.  Send an email to Linda at Latitude Expeditions for more information or booking at

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