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Sports

in the empowering Alps

Schloss Elmau offers myriad possibilities to embrace the healing qualities of nature and to recharge your batteries with sports in the empowering Alps: hiking, jogging, running, rock climbing, biking on state-of-the-art e-mountainbikes, road bikes, race bikes, or trekking bikes; tennis on three clay courts; archery on site; swimming in crystal-clear lakes; kite- or windsurfing on Walchensee Lake; standup paddle-boarding on Eibsee and Lautersee Lakes; whitewater kayaking on the river Loisach; as well as horseback riding and golf close by. The highlight of your visit may well be discovering Schachen, the spectacular mountain retreat King Ludwig II had built in the Wetterstein Mountains at 1800m above sea level -- reachable from Schloss Elmau in just an hour by e-mountainbike or via an easy, scenic three-hour hike.

Forest Bathing – Shinrin-yoku

 Shinrin-yoku is Japanese and means forest (air) bathing. It involves consciously immersing oneself in the atmosphere of nature. Listen to the pleasant rushing of water in a brook, or the wind rustling through the leaves. Inhale the scent of the humpback meadows and feel the soft soil and roots under your feet. Accompanied by a forest “lifeguard,’ you hike along hidden paths, over lush humpback meadows, and past untouched forest streams. The view of the mighty Wetterstein massif leads to a deep connection with alpine nature.

Effects:
 The parasympathetic nervous system is activated and stress hormones reduced. The air in the forest contains less particulate matter. Accelerated regeneration after illness. Blood pressure is lowered. Herbal terpenes act on the body, protect against free radicals and have a positive influence on the immune system. Improved sleep quality. Stimulating the senses has a positive effect, and one’s powers of concentration are heightened.

 

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