Hello everyone! Hope you’re all fine. Last Saturday, we walked from Kranzbach to Elmau Castle and then to Fernchensee Lake. As part of our Pearl Anniversary and Him Indoors’ birthday, we stayed at Das Kranzbach Hotel. This 4-star-superior hotel is located in beautiful forest countryside outside the village of Krün in the Bavarian Alps. This upscale spa retreat set in a 1915 country house with an annex is 16 km from Partnach Gorge and 15.9 km from Bavarian Zugspitze mountain railway. We were given a biggish room on the top floor of Mary Portman house. In the main house, the stylish rooms are furnished in a modern, Arts and Crafts style, and feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Annex rooms add balconies and modern pine furnishings. Quirky treehouse and a 1915 gatehouse suites are also available.
our view from our room (we were on the top floor of the main house)
The weather was lovely, so we decided to go for a walk. Because it was raining the day before, we thought it not a good idea to be walking up the mountains, so we opted for a flat walk. From the hotel we walked for half an hour to Elmau Castle Hotel. Built in the early 20th century, Elmau Castle is set in the Bavarian Alps by the Wettersteinwand mountain range. Elmau was originally a castle built in 1916 by philosopher Dr. Johannes Muller for his readers who wanted to enjoy nature, classical music and personal development. In many ways, the hotel continues to embrace the direction of Dr. Muller; there are concerts, world-renowned speakers and authors that frequent the hotel both as guests and lectures. The castle was destroyed by a fire in 2005 and rebuilt and expanded in 2007 by his grandson; the renovation was so detailed and meticulous that it is difficult to tell where the old ends and the new begins.
We carried on walking until we reached Fernchensee Lake, 2 hours later. It was well worth it! The lake is located at an elevation of 1060 metres. Absolutely magnificent. Just pure natural beauty. They have a couple park benches to sit on and I think we took at least a half hour to just sit and enjoy it.
On the way back, we witnessed the Salomon Ultratrail Event. Around 2,200 runners gathered on the base of the Zugspitze to experience a very special trailrun weekend around Germanys highest mountain together. Then it rained on our way back to Kranzbach.
At the hotel, we swam, stayed in the jacuzzi to relax our aching muscles. Have a lovely week everyone!