Schloss Elmau: The Resort Hosting the G7 Summit – Photo Essay and Review
President Obama, German Chancellor Merkel, and other Group of Seven leaders gathered at a summit in the Bavarian Alps this week to discuss affairs of state that include Greece’s debt and sanctions against Russia.
Nestled at the foot of the Wettersteingebirge, a range of mountains that includes some of Germany’s tallest, including the 9,740-foot (2,969-meter) high Zugspitze, stands Schloss Elmau, a 100-year-old castle turned luxury resort.
Just 62 miles (100 kilometers) from Munich, this haven sits at an elevation of 3,478 feet (1,060 meters).
The German government took over the resort for the event and world leaders including Obama, Merkel, France’s François Hollande, Britain’s David Cameron, Canada’s Stephen Harper, Italy’s Matteo Renzi, and Japan’s Shinzo Abe will enjoy the luxurious guest rooms that feature picturesque views of the Bavarian Alps’ mountains and valleys.
Before 2007, Elmau was merely a castle hotel and I had stayed there several times while a student at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München (University of Munich), which should give you an idea of what the budget for a visit was. After a major fire caused major damage in 2005, Schloss Elmau, which had originally opened in 1916, reinvented itself as a luxury hotel and spa, re-opening in 2007.
All of the G7’s meetings and events will take place at Schloss Elmau. The resort, which has its own concert hall, also offers nine restaurants. The summit’s meals are being crafted by Mario Corti, chef at the hotel’s Michelin-star rated Luce d’Oro, and will highlight regional cuisine made from local ingredients.