If you happen to pass by my hometown Munich this summer and you have two or three days to spare, why not hopping onto the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and spend one or two nights right in the Bavarian Alps?
The train ride takes only about 1 1/2 hours to find yourself after all in another world. Far away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Munich.
Of course, Garmisch-Partenkirchen can get quite busy during peak season as well, but the secluded location of Riessersee Hotel will take you to a state of tranquility.
The hotel lies right at Riessersee, elevated at 785 metres above sea level with direct views onto the Wettersteingebirge. The lake was artificially designed in the Middle Ages and is popular for its heritage bobsled.
From here, you can take hikes or promenade through the open country into the city center of Garmisch (takes around 30 minutes one way). The rooms in the main building offer either lake or mountain view, some of them equipped with larger terraces, others having at least a balcony.
I spent two nights up here during off-season (April). The only sounds that you will experience are the birds waking you up to the first sun rays in the morning. On the second morning I was even able to watch a deer from my balcony!
It is my favourite place to escape to if I need a time-out. The smaller guest house houses the exclusive maisonette suites from where you have the most amazing views directly over the lake and the mountains in the background. Extremely romantic if you are looking for a couple´s retreat!
The hotel itself features an extensive spa area. It is not the most modern, but you can swim in the large indoor pool, use the jacuzzi or spend an afternoon in the sauna. And if you are looking for more excercise than hiking, there is also a little gym to workout at.
Typically for the area, Riessersee Hotel is furnished in the so-called country house style. Lots of wood and local textures spread a comfortable ambiance without being overdone. The atmosphere is elegant yet casual. Service very attentive and the breakfast absolutely worth getting up for!