When I started planning this trip, I knew I wanted one day of pure relaxation to make up for the long days of working I would have in Prague and Oslo. After some serious googling, I came across Das Tegernsee in the small town of Tegernsee, perfectly placed on our route from Neuschwanstein to Salzburg. One look at the hotel website, and it was love at first sight.

Das Tegernsee hotel by Nina Reed Photography

The spa was a large part of the draw when I picked Das Tegernsee, and it did not disappoint. As soon as Vivienne and I had checked in to our room, we changed into fluffy robes and soft slippers, and made our way over to the spa for our massages. And as much as I prefer my regular massage therapist in Boulder (Gretchen at Boulder Massage Therapy <3) it’s going to be hard to top the view I had from this massage table.

Das Tegernsee hotel by Nina Reed Photography

We spent most of our time at Das Tegernsee in the heated outdoor pool overlooking the Tegernsee valley. Being there on a Sunday to Monday stay, we had the pool completely to ourselves most of the time, and could really relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Das Tegernsee hotel by Nina Reed Photography

In addition to the outdoor pool, there was also a large indoor pool connected via a glass door that opened automatically as you swam towards, and a large sauna area. As if one sauna wasn’t enough, there were four to choose from: a traditional Finnish dry sauna, a steam bath, a forest sauna, and our favorite: the aroma steam bath with beautiful sparkling LED lights in the ceiling.

Das Tegernsee hotel by Nina Reed Photography

After a traditional Bavarian dinner in town, we went back to the hotel for drinks at the Schlossbar (castle bar). Enjoying our Hugos in front of the fireplace was the perfect ending to a long day that started in Oberammergau, took us to Neuschwanstein Castle, and ended at the spa hotel of my dreams.

Das Tegernsee hotel by Nina Reed Photography

Every little detail at this hotel was so well designed, but I especially loved this lighting arrangement in the Schlossbar.

Das Tegernsee hotel by Nina Reed Photography

The next morning started off gray and rainy, but the promise of free breakfast pulled out us out bed early. Breakfast was served in Restaurant Senger, located in a separate hotel building from our rooms and the spa.

Das Tegernsee hotel by Nina Reed Photography

I’m a huge sucker for free breakfast. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, followed closely by second breakfast, and European hotels know how to do breakfast right. Das Tegernsee had the most opulent breakfast buffet of our entire trip, and I wish I could have stayed for a full week to eat my way through all the options.

Das Tegernsee hotel by Nina Reed Photography

Fresh bread, fresh meat and cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables … starting to see a theme here? ;-)

Das Tegernsee hotel by Nina Reed Photography

Self-serve mimosas was one of the many touches that took the breakfast buffet to the next level.

Das Tegernsee hotel by Nina Reed Photography

I don’t mess around when it comes to breakfast, so naturally I couldn’t settle for just one or two food choices. The breakfast potatoes were to die for, and I got the best latte of the whole trip.

Das Tegernsee hotel by Nina Reed Photography

In addition to the amazing food and service, our breakfast came with Der TAG: a small booklet with the weather forecast for the day, local and international news, available spa appointments, and more. Just one of the many touches that took Das Tegernsee to a different level of hotel experiences for me!

After breakfast we went back to the spa for one last swim, before continuing on to see Königssee and Obersee on our way to Salzburg.