Romantik Alpenhotel Waxenstein
Why We Love This Hotel
- Set at the foot of Germany’s highest mountain, the views are stunning
- Rooms all have balconies and free Wi-Fi
- Multitude of outside activities including lake swimming, mountain-bike riding
- Michelin-recommended restaurant
‘Paris meets the Bavarian Alps’ is the intriguing notion behind this cosy, family-run hotel at the foot of Germany’s highest mountain. The founder, so the story goes, was a Parisian hotelier who fell in love with the region while holidaying there. He decided to up sticks and set up lodgings that would combine the French art of living with Bavaria’s famous cordiality – thus the Romantik Hotel Waxenstein was born.
The region certainly possesses extraordinary natural beauty. The country’s tallest peak, the Zugspitze has excellent skiing in the winter. In summer, you can swim in crystal clear mountain lakes, and hiking, cycling and horseback trails abound (guests can borrow hiking poles from reception). For more sedate sightseeing, the nearby village of Grainau has typical Bavarian architecture, and a clutch of fairy tale palaces built by the castle-mad Ludwig II are beautiful.
Even the basic rooms at the hotel are large; the décor has an antique feel, with elaborate wooden headboards and art nouveau-like lamp stands. All rooms have balconies, many with mountain views, Wi-Fi is free and there are tea- and coffee-making facilities included as standard. Upgrade to a suite for a separate living room, loungers on the balcony and stunning views of the Zugspitze.
The spa also overlooks the mountains, and has a swimming pool, sauna and steam bath. There is also a long list of treatments for extra pampering.
The restaurant is recommended in the Michelin Guide and, weather permitting, guests can take breakfast on a terrace while gazing at more of those views. Expect gourmet fare such as carpaccio of beef with aged parmesan, Norwegian salmon with coriander crust, and veal fillet with foie gras. Afterwards, the lounge is great for relaxing in the evening next to an open fire (seasonally).