Schloss Elmau | Owner, Dietmar Mueller-Elmau

March 24, 2021

My guest today is Dietmar Mueller-Elmau, the third generation owner of famed retreat in southern Germany, Schloss Elmau

The property is set at the foothills of an unimaginably beautiful stretch of the Bavarian Alps, where you can hike, bike, swim, visit castles, and enjoy the spectacular views. Then you can relax in one of the 6 world-class spas and dine in a Michelin star restaurant. 

But these trappings of typical 5* hotels are not what defines Schloss Elmau. We talk a lot about contradiction in this episode but after reflecting on what Dietmar says, I think the place is more about intense individuality. Each visitor experiences Elmau in a different way. 

For intellectuals coming to meet others in lively discussion the property boasts the biggest hotel bookstore in the world, for music lovers, Elmau is the 2nd largest promoter of classical music in Germany and hosts almost 200 concerts per year. And families, outdoor enthusiasts, spa lovers, couples – Dietmar has made it possible for you to create your own experience as well. 

We discuss everything from Angela Merkel to fine dining, German-Jewish relations to the ideal pool temperature, and from WWII history to the architecture of King Ludwig II. 


Listen to hear:

  • 02:29 – What Dietmar’s favorite view on the property is

  • 04:41 – About the impressive life of his grandfather that started this journey

  • 07:30 – Why Dietmar transitioned from IT to the Hospitality industry

  • 10:37 – What the layout of the property is

  • 13:50 – Why the property became a hosting place for the G7 summit

  • 19:43 – How Schloss Elmau takes care of the guest experience

  • 26:13 – About the versatile activities offered on the property

  • 29:51 – What some of his favorite memories of Schloss Elmau are

  • 36:09 – What will you learn about the world after visiting Schloss Elmau

Listener Exclusive Amenities

Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

Daily buffet breakfast (included in the room rate)

$100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Complimentary Wi-Fi

E-Mountainbikes to be used during the stay in the spectacular surrounding

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