A Scottish castle at the foot of the Zugspitze
Even the ascent to the small castle is like from the picture book: The Kranzbach stands alone on an 130.000 m² large, own mountain meadow. The building, commissioned by English aristocrat Mary Portman, was built by English architects Detmar Blow and Fernand Billerey in the style of the English Arts and Crafts movement.
With its treppengiebeln it reminds of the natural stone-walled country houses in Scotland and Ireland. It is the only building in Germany of this kind.
From the artist's house to the hotel
Portman originally wanted to build a guest house for artists, but the First World War destroyed her plans and she never returned. Later, the building was an artist's house, film set, accommodation at the Olympic Games and in the possession of the church.
The sold the building 2003 to the current hotel operators. 2007 was the area under the name "The Kranzbach", expanded by a few buildings, opened as a hotel. The English-style interior is by the British architect Ilse Crawford.
The hotel now has 5 stylishly decorated fireplace rooms on the ground floor of the Mary Portman Wing, so-called salons, which include the bar and a games room. The 130 rooms are located in the newly-built garden wing.
Here, a modern architecture of wood and glass dominates, which gives the guests a great view of the surrounding landscape. 20 rooms are available for dog owners with direct access to the outside and suitable equipment. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms and in the Badehaus.
Yes, at least the bathhouse: it connects directly to the garden wing and houses five pools of different sizes and temperatures inside and out: My favorite is the large, 28 grade warm sports pool, the 38 degree warm brine pools with various massage jets.
Directly to the outdoor swimming pools, the large Liegewiese borders with the surrounding mountains. The comfortable deckchairs are provided with cushions and blankets and are lovingly restored by the staff every evening.
WellnessAnd active offer
There is also a nudist area with a panoramic sauna, relaxation room and sheltered sunbathing terrace on the roof, as well as seven other saunas and steam baths as well as relaxation rooms with log fires. For the female guests there is a seperate "Ladies Spa" only for ladies in the 2. OG of the bath house with sauna, steam room, relaxation room and outdoor terrace available.
However, Kranzbach's reputation as one of the best wellness hotels in Germany is cemented by its comprehensive range of courses and therapies, from yoga and Pilates to personal training, massage, cosmetics, Ayurveda and TMC, to intestinal treatment and detox programs. In addition, you can of course wonderful walking, cycling, cross-country skiing or Golg games.
The culinary delights at the Kranzbach also get their money worth: the day starts with a healthy breakfast buffet with fresh bread, homemade jams, yoghurt and fruit juices, which you can squeeze directly yourself.
At lunch there is a small plate, a strong soup and a small salad buffet, as well as peasant bread, later in the afternoon offer poolbistro and herb gardenlobby ofenfrische cake and strudel à discrétion. In the evening there is finally a 4-usual gourmet menu including salad and cheese buffet.
In addition, there is free natural drinking water from the own Kranzbach source - quiet or tingling, which is also available in the bathhouse and a tea station in the room with a small selection of teas.
The Kranzbach can also be booked for smaller seminars, but maximum groups up to 15 persons are allowed.
My conclusion: A really great hotel, if you want to relax over the weekend once.
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