Welcome to the InterContinental Bertchesgaden,
As the mad taxi driver raced up the mountain, I started to wonder just what location the Intercontinental Bertchesgaden could have situated in the mountains. Pondering location was quickly answered as we gained more altitude and the marvel of the area began to become clear.
After working the resort market on the Big Island of Hawaii, I had experienced a multitude of resort experiences including the Four Seasons Big Island, Fairmont Orchid, Hilton Waikoloa Village and Hilton Hawaiian Village. The InterContinental Bertchesgaden is in a class by itself and nothing like the resorts I experienced before.
The arrival to the hotel is bold, flags strongly displayed with the InterContinental Brand shining brightly. A quick glance you will see the 5 Star rating of the InterContinental Bertchesgaden. Sense of arrival inside the hotel quickly trumped previous experiences and quickly gave a preview of the experience before me.
The Reception is 3 desks with 2 very comfortable chairs on each side, where you are asked to sit down to be checked in. I was flown for a quick spin when I was asked “Would you like a glass of Champagne or Water?”. I thought I had potentially blacked out and was in a magical land, Champagne at check-in? I have reached heaven. The other reception agent approaches my side and quickly pours a generous glass. I quickly placed my credit card for payment to be sure I had not arrived in the wrong location. I was encouraged to take my glass of champagne with me.
The attention of the lobby is quickly drawn to the beautiful wood fireplace for the winter season at the resort. I cannot fathom how spectacular the experience must be here during the winter months, I do hope to return to experience it some day.
The bell staff whisked me to my room which was located on floor 1, facing the West / Southwest skies. I was explained every aspect of my room, water and juice are complimentary throughout your stay. I finally had a chance take in the high ceilings, comfortable bed, four fixture bathroom. What took my breath away was when I opened the curtains which revealed floor to ceiling windows with a door opening to my own private patio with retractable awning. The sun was starting to set over the tree tops, casting rays of orange and yellow light across the mountains.
I placed my champagne on the patio and looked at the panoramic view. Today was a tough day, a truly amazing person, Glen’s memorial was occurring in Atlanta as I stood there and it would have been my mom’s 61st birthday. I had not been exposed to such beauty since my adventure to the mountains with Karen a year ago last May. I have to provide a disclaimer, no photo can capture the beauty that was before me, but this is my attempt.
The suns final crescent began to pass behind the mountain, when I raised my glass and toasted Glen and Mom. I have no doubt that the view of the heavens illustrated the beauty they provided to the world in their short time with us on Earth. I could not distract myself until the last bit of the suns glow was no longer present. I recognize how fragile and short life is, a humbling experience which brought a tear to my eyes.
Cheers to mom and Glen, may you continue to shine down and light up the world with your beauty. Gone but never forgotten.
I enjoyed dinner at the InterContinental Bertchesgaden’s 3’60 restaurant, known for it’s view, not that you could not derive that by it’s name. The restaurant offered me a round table in the corner which was not quite ready, but the server was able to exchange the linens in a way that I never saw the bare table. Another sign, this was going to be an impeccable experience. My meal was fantastic, I enjoyed Tomato Soup, Beef Medallions and a heavenly dessert. The rose champagne complimented anything. For all of the courses, I was pleasantly surprised that the total was 102EU, less the champagne would have only been 62EU. The server offered to make me a reservation for the next day, and select a seat prior. The resort also offers a set daily price where you can take advantage of set menu selections.
Recognizing my duration in Bertchesgaden was now reduced to a short 38 hours I failed miserably to take full advantage. I caught up on some work emails for a bit in the morning and realized that 13:30 had quickly arrived. Michael at reception was able to share with me a wealth of information of things I could do in my limited time. This included maps of the area where he highlighted out routes, transportation spots and the “must see’s” including the bus schedule times to the Eagle’s Nest. What I appreciated most about Michael is that I had no stupid questions without information overload.
I explored the Eagle’s Nest that afternoon, learning an immense history of the German occupation of this area during the World War. I returned to the hotel and cleaned up photos at the Rocks Bar, where the staff was very friendly, and on top of the service. I was also surprised that the bill was 20EU for 4 beers and beef goulash. The bar is located between the two towers, with an outdoor area to see the sunset.
The next morning I departed the hotel, and received a special greeting from the General Manager wishing me a pleasant journey. Thomas at reception is partaking in a Leadership Course finishing up his time at the resort. I was offered a glass of water, and provided a bag with another bottle water and a special Grizzly Gummy Bear jars. I set aside 2.5 hours to visit the Documentation Center which was just enough time to enjoy half of the audio guide but fully explore the bunker. Unfortunately the area was very busy, limited photos are allowed. The educational piece of this relative to the World War I believe is a staple for anyone to understand the German point of view of Hitler and that time in the history of the European countries.
Thomas had the taxi ordered to return back to Bertchesgaden Hbf, and wished me a pleasant journey. With my career in hospitality starting as a bellman in 1998, I am given confidence by Thomas that the future leaders of the industry are strong, passionate, and engaging.
The journey down the hill was quick, with the most friendly taxi driver, native to Bertchesgaden. The bus 480 was a 46 minute trip back, and for 5,30 EU, money well spent. Thank you IC Bertchesgaden for an amazing experience, as they say “A Hui Hou”, Hawaiian for until we meet again.
Hidden away in the mountains of Germany is a historic city of Bertchesgaden. Unfortunately I was not able to get photos of the Documentation center.
See the Trip Report: Bercthesgaden .
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Quote someone shared “those who fail to study history are forced to repeat it. Those who do study history are forced to sit helplessly as they watch others around them repeat it” #true
The conversation brought the Everybody’s Free (to where sunscreen) song to mind. I looked into a bit of the history of the words and found it to be more rich then just lyrics created for a song.
When sharing my travels, it is about highlights of the destination. This one is no different, but the destination is the InterContinental Berchtesgaden Resort located in Bertchesgaden Germany. This leg of my trip was set aside time to disconnect and take in the location.
I traveled up on Westbahn (westbhan.at) which leaves hourly and for only 40EU for “Plus (Fast wi-fi, Newspaper, no one sitting next to you, open seating, coffee and bottled water. DB was 56EU plus seat assignment. When going to B, in the future I would recommend taking Westbhan to Freilassing and connecting via rail in lieu of Salzburg Hbf.
Arriving in Salzburg hbf, the English speaking was significantly less then that previous destinations. I was thrown a curve ball when the train departed platform 4CF, thus I missed my first rail option. After another person from Croatia was just as confused, 4CF indicates the train will be sections C-F on Platform 4.
Transportation to the city is available by DB Bus or DB Rail. The bus is more scenic and request no connection, only a 46 minute ride for 5,30 EU. The rail requires a connection in Freilassing which can add 20-30 minutes to the total trip. My experience was a bit unique, the weather caused a tree to fall on the power line, leaving us a few stops past Freilassing for 3 hours. View from the rail station where we waited.
DB brought up a buss that followed the rail track, a quick taxi up the hill (12 EU) to the InterContinental Bertchesgaden and I arrived at my destination 7.5 hours after my journey began. More to come about the InterContinental Bertchesgaden.
The last few days of my trip was 1 – 2 nights in each city, missed trains and a wonderful time catching up with a good friend and former colleague in Zurich. I will have photos to post in the near future.
I am in San Juan for work, flying home tomorrow. Recently someone told me that you don’t meet people that identify a meeting that changed their career. The takeaways yesterday has me giving very well needed reflecting. This was exasperated by a very engaging dialogue today. Words can’t express the eloquence or mind exploration that was a result. The below reminds me of the words shared with me today.
I realized I said no updates but I had to send out a big thanks to @lisaembrack for creating a video with some photos, music, and quotes to celebrate life. See you soon! Cheers to you and the light you bring to the world.
Greetings from Munich, the past 3 days have been hectic between 3 cities, and the 4th tomorrow being Zurich. More photos and 2 more posts ready to go out in the near future. Thanks for reading, Cheers!
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