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You can drive to each of King Ludwig II. famous casltes in less than two hours from Schloss Elmau with an all-electric BMW free of charge.

The Schachenhaus was built by King Ludwig 1869-1871 and is located 1866 m above sealevel in the Wetterstein Mountains. With its striking architecture and location, the Schachen is one of the most impressive places you can find anywhere in the Alps. The cosmopolitan design celebrates Bavaria on the ground floor and the Kings´imgagination of the Orient and India on the upper floor. It is here, in a world of complexity and contradiction amidst a spectacular mountain scenery, where King Ludwig II. felt free and at home and where he celebrated his birthday every year.

King Ludwig used to change the horses of his carriage and stay overnight in the Schloss Elmau farmhouse on his way to his favourite retreat. You can reach the Schachenhaus from Schloss Elmau effortlessly in one hour with an E-Mountainbike or after an easy 3 1/2 hours hike. You can stay over night at the Schachenhaus or continue to the Meilerhütte Mountain Retreat in another hour from where you can climb up to the Dreitorspitze 2900m above sea level.