Heads of state are meeting for the G7 World Economic Summit at the luxury Schloss Elmau hotel in Bavaria. And they won’t just be talking about global problems there, they’ll also be staying at the hotel, protected from the outside world.
We take a look behind the scenes at the five-star superior hotel close to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the south of Germany. What does German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s hotel room look like? And US President Joe Biden’s bathtub? How’s the view from the balcony over the Alps? What’s the food like at the hotel’s two-star Michelin restaurant? How much does it all cost? And why is the hotel manager such a fan of elephants?
Schloss Elmau, built by the philosopher and theologian Johannes Müller and architect Carl Sattler between 1914 and 1916, is a four-story national monument with hipped roof, tower and porch, situated between Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Mittenwald in a sanctuary of the Bavarian Alps, Germany.
Munich, Bavaria’s capital, is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and its beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589. In the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square contains landmarks such as Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show that chimes and reenacts stories from the 16th century.
Video timeline: 00:56 – Marienplatz 01:44 – Glockenspiel 02:38 – Munich Cathedral 02:55 – Tomb of Emperor Ludwig of Bavaria 03:08 – Bishop’s Crypt 04:15 – Asam Church 06:05 – Sendlinger Tor 06:38 – Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum (Transportation Museum) 08:26 – Endless Staircase 09:19 – Bavaria Park 09:42 – Statue of Bavaria 09:59 – Odeonsplatz 10:31 – Theatine Church 11:11 – Munich Residence (Former Royal Palace) 12:48 – Antiquarium 14:02 – Hofgarten & Temple of Diana 14:29 – English Garden 16:00 – German & Bavarian foods to try 16:51 – Views from Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) 18:31 – St Peter’s Cathedral 18:54 – Jewelled Skeleton of St Munditia 19:20 – Viktualienmarkt & Biergarten 20:53 – UFO Futuro Haus 21:22 – Bavarian Beer Tour 21:41 – Hofbräuhaus (Beer Hall) 22:53 – Transportation card for Munich
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a German ski resort in Bavaria, formed when 2 towns united in 1935. It’s a prominent destination for skiing and ice skating as well as hiking. The town lies near the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak, with a 2,962m summit accessed by cogwheel train and cable car. Garmisch is considered the more fashionable section, while Partenkirchen’s cobblestone streets retain a traditional Bavarian feel.
Kulmbach is the capital of the district of Kulmbach in Bavaria in Germany. The town is famous for Plassenburg Castle, which houses the largest tin soldier museum in the world, and for its sausages, or Bratwürste.
Bavaria, officially the Free State of Bavaria, is a federal state in the south-east of Germany. With an area of 70,550.19 square kilometres, Bavaria is the largest German state by land area, comprising roughly a fifth of the total land area of Germany.
Landshut is a city straddling the River Isar in Bavaria, southern Germany. It’s known for the medieval Trausnitz Castle, with its views across the old town. Within the castle is the Chamber of Art and Curiosities, displaying artifacts collected by the Wittelsbach dukes. In the old town, Gothic St. Martin’s Church has a tall brick tower. Close to the Isar is the Ländtor, a gate from the town’s medieval fortifications.
Munich, Bavaria’s capital, is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and its beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589. In the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square contains landmarks such as Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show that
The Breitachklamm is a gorge created by the river Breitach in the Allgäu region in Southern Germany. It is located at the exit of the Kleinwalsertal near Tiefenbach, a city district of Oberstdorf. It is one of the deepest gorges of the Bavarian Alps and the deepest rocky gorge of Central Europe.
Every year around 300.000 visitors walk the 2.5 km long path through the gorge. The upper entrance of the Breitachklamm is located near the Walserschanz in Austria, with limited parking space, whereas the lower one in Oberstdorf-Tiefenbach offers a visitor center and ample parking. The Breitachklamm was formed only during the last 10,000 years after the Würm ice age. Glaciers had eroded soft rocks, and hard rocks remained. When the glaciers had melted, the Breitach river had to grind its way through the hard rocks, over a distance of 2.5 km and up to 150 metres (490 ft) deep.
Passau / Germany is a Bavarian city at the Austrian border. Passau is called the “City of Three Rivers” as it lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. On our tour we start at the St. Stephen’s Cathedral, featuring distinctive onion-domed towers and an organ with 17,974 pipes. We walk down to the banks of the Inn river and check out the the old town which is known for its baroque architecture. Soon we are at the Three River Conjunction (Dreiflüsseeck) from where we walk back along the Danube (Donau) river on the Donaukai. This leads us back to the central city where we get to the train station and end our Passau tour.
Timeline: 0:00 St. Stephen’s Cathedral 4:30 Along the Inn river 10:00 Back to the Old Town 17:00 Three River Conjunction (Dreiflüsseeck) 21:00 Donaukai 26:00 Central Old Town 28:30 Old Town Hall 29:30 Walking West 37:30 Western Old Town 44:00 Modern City Center 49:00 To the Train Station