King Ludwig II spent his final days in the small castle of Berg, from which this comfortable hotel gets its name. It's on the edge of the castle park where Ludwig liked to walk, and a stone's throw from where he drowned. The century-old main building is on the lakeside, and a modern annex overlooks the lake from the woods—in either, make sure you get a room facing the lake.
All rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished. The rooms in the annex were newly refurbished in 2018, and are lovely, bright and welcoming, with a modern, waterfront feel. There's an elevator and many rooms have balconies. In the older building by the lake, there are no balconies, and rooms are a little more old-fashioned - sometimes with slightly clashing patterned carpets and curtains - but they are still pleasant and cosy.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While the location is lovely and perfect for the lake, it's not convenient for town, which is up a steep hill. Moreover, you can pay a lot for the lakeside privilege, considering you are out of Munich.
Bathrooms are a little small, but adequate.
The hotel team are welcoming and professional, and are happy to provide guests with information on what to do or where to go in the local area, including even hiring Nordic walking sticks for a small fee.
Forget the pool--swim in the lake!
The hotel has its very own jetty on the lake, and provides day beds and towels for guests.
There's a small wellness area in the modern building, with a Finnish sauna and steam room.
The restaurant, serving local classics and, of course, fish, is a favourite haunt of locals and weekenders. Try the Starnberger renke for a super-local starter. A large buffet breakfast is served on the terrace when the weather permits.
Sundowners at the waterside beer garden are a must.
Schloss Berg is in the village of Berg, along the lake near Starnberg. From Munich, head toward Starnberg on the autobahn, but turn toward Berg at the end of the off ramp.
Kramerfeicht Feste (2-minute drive, 9-minute walk) offers family-run but high-end gastronomy, specialising in local dishes and fish. Or head over to nearby Starnberg for a real treat and try the one-Michelin star Gourmetrestaurant Aubergine (8-minute drive).
Your best bet for bars is to drive over (or there is a bus) to Starnberg - Boston Cafe and Cocktailbar (13-minute drive, 31-minute bus) is among the best. Alternatively, there's prosecco on offer at Bachmayr's Dadabei Pizza, Pasta and Prosecco (19-minute walk, up the hill) closer to home. And as the name indicates, there is plenty of Italian food to go with your drink at this establishment, if you are so inclined.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A lovely location so close to the lake that the hotel has its own jetty, Hotel Schloss Berg is not cheap - but then the real sense of escape from Munich this comfortable hotel offers within just over half an hour's drive away from the city is worth paying for.