Kempinski Hotels expands its presence in Germany while enhancing its alpine resort portfolio. Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group has signed a management agreement with the owner Bayerische Landesbank and will take over the Berchtesgaden International Resort in the first half of 2015, which is currently managed by the InterContinental Hotels Group.
Located at 1,000 metres above sea level, close to the Bavarian-Austrian border, 150 km from Munich and 33 km from Salzburg, the resort offers breathtaking views of the Salzburger Land and the Watzmann massif. The luxury hotel opened in 2005 and features 138 rooms and suites, with panorama windows displaying outstanding views of the mountains. The resort’s comprehensive conference facilities include six conference rooms with natural daylight and an outside event space for up to 4,000 guests, making the alpine resort the ideal venue for private and corporate events. Guests will be spoilt for choice with three restaurants, two bars, a heliport, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool and a 1,400 square metre spa area.
“This luxurious resort in the Bavarian Alps is a perfect match with the Kempinski brand, and is an excellent addition to our existing alpine portfolio in the region, which includes the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains in St. Moritz in Switzerland, and Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol in the Kitzbühel Alps in Austria,” says Markus Semer, Chief Group Development and Corporate Affairs Officer at Kempinski Hotels. “The signing of this property is in line with our development strategy to focus on Europe, particularly on Germany, and underlines Kempinski’s management expertise in the alpine destinations. There is also an ideal link between this hotel and the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski in Munich, given the short distance between the two properties.”
“We are delighted to have Kempinski Hotels as the new operator for our first-class property in Berchtesgaden. We are confident that Kempinski will continue to successfully position it as one of the best mountain resorts in the Bavarian Alps. The close association with Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski means we expect a further strengthening of our hotel’s position as a preferred destination in the Munich market, and the same is true in the Alpine region with the Kempinski hotels in Kitzbühel and St. Moritz,” states Andreas Peter, Managing Director of Berchtesgaden International Resort.
The Bavarian Alps’ spectacular natural beauty is the setting for plenty of leisure opportunities during both winter and summer: hiking trails, cross-country ski tracks and downhill skiing are all just a short drive from the hotel. There is also a skiing area for families nearby, and in the summer, golfers can tee off on one of Germany’s highest altitude golf courses