February 2017 Hotel of the Month – Kempinski Berchtesgaden, Germany
- February 3, 2017
- By Dena Krenzien
Welcome to Berchtesgaden
At 3,300 feet above the sea, the Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden enjoys one of the most spectacular locations in the Bavarian Alps. As of 1 May 2015, the hotel previously managed by InterContinental welcomes its guests as the Kempinski Group’s third Alpine resort. Established in 2005, the hotel has now come under the management of Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group via a management agreement with Bayerische Landesbank. Around 100 miles from Munich and only 20 miles from Salzburg, couples, families and individual travelers will discover a quiet haven boasting the renowned Kempinski luxury and service. The hotel nestles on the Eckerbichl summit, featuring a modern architecture with clear lines and lots of wood and glass. Pure, high-quality, and Alpine materials dominate the interior design of this Five-Star Superior hotel. Directly behind the hotel, the Kehlstein mountain rises to a height of 5,900 feet.
The nearby Hintereck mountain is the starting point of Germany’s most beautiful Alpine panoramic road, the Rossfeldstrasse, which leads to the Kehlsteinhaus restaurant (also known as the Eagle’s Nest) at an altitude of 6017 feet. The close ties to the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains in St. Moritz and the Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol in the Kitzbühel area offer guests new and exciting possibilities all year round. Guests staying at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich now have a convenient option to extend their holiday at the nearby Berchtesgaden resort.The Berchtesgadener Land counts among the most spectacular regions in the Bavarian Alps. A seemingly endless variety of nature, outdoor, artistic, cultural and historical attractions and experiences make the region a popular summer and winter holiday destination. The jagged peaks, lush meadows and opalescent mountain lakes are without equal throughout the Alps. Within a
few minutes’ drive, guests at the Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden can reach the crystal clear, emerald green Königssee lake girdled by its fairy-tale mountain scenery. From the charming town of Schönau on the shores of the Königssee lake with its historical hipped-roof boat shacks, silent electric boats take visitors on a romantic cruise to St. Bartholomew’s Church, the world-famous twelfth century pilgrimage church. The area is peppered with authentic Bavarian towns like Berchtesgaden, Ramsau – Germany’s first “mountaineering village” – and Bad Reichenhall. The imposing Watzmann rises to a height of 8901 feet, beckoning to alpinists far and wide.
The nearby Untersberg and Hoher Göll mountains offer hikes and climbs for all skill and fitness levels. And after a hard day’s hiking, where better to recharge lost energy than at a cozy inn or an elegant restaurant offering traditional regional cuisine. The Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany’s only Alpine national park, plays an important part in preserving the local flora and fauna. Cultural events like the famous Berchtesgadener Peasant Theatre, traditional costume parades, pilgrimages and the autumnal ceremonial driving down of cattle from the mountain pastures into the valley, as well as sporting events like the Bob & Skeleton World Cup 2015 or the Luge World Cup 2016 are popular crowd magnets. For further information on the Berchtesgaden region, visit www.berchtesgaden.com.
The Berchtesgaden region has been a popular travel destination since the late 18th century. In those days, visitors and holidaymakers came from near and far, mainly attracted by the region’s fresh mountain air and spectacular nature. Celebrities of the day like Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann as well as writers like Ludwig Ganghofer, Peter Rosegger and Richard Voss travelled to the Obersalzberg to unwind. With the opening of its first guesthouse, the “Pension Moritz”, in 1877, Berchtesgaden was early in laying the foundation for the region’s modern tourism. Soon, more and more peasant families began renting out rooms to welcome holidaymakers from all over Europe. More hotels, guesthouses and guestrooms followed. Still today, people come from far and wide to enjoy the natural treasures, the peace and quiet and the healthy mountain air. During the Nazi period, tourism in the region came to a complete standstill. The history of this period is tastefully showcased at the documentation center Dokumentation Obersalzberg, located close to the hotel.
Rooms and suites
On their drive up to the Eckerbichl (at ca. 3300 feet) guests pass through lush, blooming meadows in summer or silent, snow-covered slopes in winter, giving them a first taste of the unique location the new Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden enjoys. The beautiful scenic road winds its way up the mountain until the horseshoe-shaped hotel complex with its extra-large panoramic windows comes into view, impressing the newcomer with its completely secluded location. A total of 138 rooms and suites on three floors feature an elegant, yet cozy design with splashes of contemporary spirit. Warm hues like soft brown and beige dominate the color palette. All rooms have a balcony, a terrace or panoramic windows, drawing the surrounding nature inside. Under the new management, the rooms’ overall design and furnishings were retained, while the details received the Kempinski style upgrade for even more comfort and convenience. Fresh flowers, fluffy cushions, a turn-down service and special bathroom amenities are just some of the things guests can expect. A large minibar stocked with soft drinks, local beers and spirits from the Grassl distillery, whisky, Champagne as well as chocolate and other regional snacks make each stay that much sweeter.
The room categories are Superior, Executive Mountain View, Deluxe Terrace and Deluxe Mountain View. All rooms are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, in-room entertainment system and safe. Thanks to individual air-conditioning systems, the room temperature can be set to the desired level.Oodles of space for two: at 345 square feet, even the smallest double rooms, the Superior Rooms, are surprisingly spacious for this category. Here, as in all other rooms, an additional children’s bed can be provided on request. At 450 square feet, the Executive Mountain View, Deluxe Terrace and Deluxe Mountain View rooms are even loftier, affording even more spacious comfort. Some of them also feature connecting doors. Every room has a balcony, a terrace or panoramic windows. The view differs depending on the rooms’ location within the hotel. From their room, some guests can see the wooded hills, the Alps’ northern ranges or the Untersberg mountain while others look out over the Berchtesgaden valley across to the Hoher Göll mountain, the Rossfeld ridge or even to Salzburg. The luxurious marble bathrooms complete with tub, separate shower and rain shower are havens of peace and relaxation. All rooms enjoy the same bright, lofty ambience.The Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden also has twelve suites in the Panorama and Maisonette categories. The Presidential Suite is the largest with 1880 square feet.
These enchanting suites with 810 square feet and separate bedroom really live up to their name. Their focus lies on affording spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. Even from the bed, guests can soak up the breath-taking panorama. The interior design in bedroom, living room and bathroom is dominated by marble, dark wood and warm earth tones. The fireplace is a special highlight inviting guests to relax and just be.
The Maisonette Suites provide an airy sense of space with 1660 square feet. On two levels, guests will find plenty of room to sleep, relax or simply to be. From every vantage point within these suites, the impressive mountain panorama unfolds like a tapestry, seemingly within arm’s reach. In winter, the open fireplace exudes warmth and comfort. Guests can bask on the 430-square-foot terrace or the spacious balcony enjoying balmy summer nights and romantic sunsets.
Live, work, socialize and relax on 1884 square feet: the most luxurious suite in the entire Berchtesgaden region offers the ideal setting and comfort for any occasion. The interior design features light, warm natural colors like beige, brown and taupe. The kitchenette is perfect for preparing small snacks. Sitting room and bedroom are separate rooms. Business meetings can be held in a separate conference room. In the Presidential Suite, the amazing mountain panorama can be enjoyed not only from the balcony or the sun terrace. Guests can regale in spectacular Alpine vistas even when lounging in front of the cozy fireplace, sitting at the large desk or relaxing in the bathroom.
Special Amenities for Paul Klein Travel Clients Only:
* Upgrade at the time of booking, if available (Panorama Suite, Maisonette Suite and Presidential Suite excluded*)* Tailor made Paul Klein welcome amenity upon arrival
* Daily breakfast for up to two in-room guests (restaurant)
* 100 USD food & beverage credit
* Early check-in/ late check-out if available
* Free WiFi