I opened the curtains, and stepped out onto the balcony. I stopped, and observed. I smelt the countryside air, listened to the birds sing, and just marvelled at the mountains.
Was I dreaming? No, but I felt like I could be; having been in the busy city of Munich, just one day previously.
The Best Western Plus, Rehlegg Hotel, was a 2 night stay, in my 6 day trip in Germany and Austria with my mum, and it was bittersweet having to leave, what was a stunning hotel in the most incredible part of Germany.
I connected with this hotel, through the wonderful ladies at Travelettes, who ran a competition for a stay in the Bavaria Alps, and when they told me I won the trip; after my initial elation, I struggled to figure out where in Germany the hotel was, as I had never heard of it.
As a traveller, who likes to seek out the unknown, as much as possible and wandered off the well worn path, I was excited.
Getting to the Best Western Plus, Rehlegg Hotel
Getting to the hotel via public transport is fairly easy. We took a train from Munich central station, with a change at Freilassing to Berchtesgaden. From there we got on the 846 bus, and got off at Ramsau, at the bottom of the road toward the hotel. If you are coming from Salzburg, take the train one stop to Freilassing, change and then get on the next train to Berchtesgaden, and hop on the bus when you arrive.
After a short but steep uphill walk, we arrived at the hotel, and were greeted by friendly staff, who checked us in, and gave us a glass of prosecco and fruit cocktail skewers.
I instantly felt the busy city life disappearing, and knew that the next two days were going to be the best few nights of our trip, and I was right.
The hotel was modern, with a number of incredible areas that you could rest and relax in – the lobby itself was idealic
Accommodation at Hotel Rehlegg
We got a room in one of the suites on site, which overlooked the amazing outdoor pool area, and mountains, which was a true dream to wake up to.
Our suite was well equipped, with a massive double bed, plenty of storage, a huge lounge area, and bathroom, with a hairdryer and plenty of fresh towels.
There was a TV, which we didn’t use, and a mini bar (with incredible German chocolate), and facilities to make a cup of tea, with fresh tea leaves; we felt well and truly spoilt.
There is an internet connection at the hotel, but it isn’t that strong in some areas, so if you don’t mind disconnecting from the online world for a bit; you are in the best place for it, and sometimes it is good to switch off from the outside World to truly rest and relax; which is what we did.
As well as an outdoor pool; there is an indoor pool and sauna for even more relaxation. You can also treat yourself to spa treatments (which need to be booked in advance)
For the duration of your stay at the hotel, you will get a Berchtesgaden travel card, which gives you free travel on all buses in the area, which is incredibly handy, and encourages you to get out and explore the surroundings; which are stunning.
Food and Drink
With our stay at the Hotel Rehlegg, we had food and drinks included in our package, which were a buffet style, but oh so delicious.
As I like to eat and graze all day, breakfast alone was a feast for me, with many hot and cold options, including cereals (I highly recommend the granola), pretzals, meats, fresh juices and bread, and even more prosecco (because who doesn’t want to get a little tipsy at 9am!)
We were given a light lunch of sandwiches and cakes, then a larger evening meal, which varied from evening to evening.
The only tourist in the village
One of the best things I found about staying at the Hotel Rehlegg, was the fact that we felt that we were the only tourist there. This of course was not true; there were plenty of other tourists, but most of whom came from other areas in Germany and Austria.
During our stay, we did not meet any other English speaking guests, which was such a rarity, but welcomed, as we really felt that we had escaped from the real World.
The hotel Rehlegg is perfectly placed as a base to explore the most stunning area in Germany, with many hill walks, boat trips and other adventure activities on offer. You can also go to visit the spot where hilter had his secret hideouts during the war. An area of natural beauty with a twist of history in the mix; you’ll not be stuck for things to do.
We had a fantastic stay at the Best Western Plus, Rehlegg Hotel, and highly recommend it, if you are in the business for a bit of time out, in stunning surroundings.