Floral wallpaper interiors of the Alpenloge Boutique Hotel | Allgäu Bavaria Germany

Blossomy House

Alpenloge Boutique Hotel | Bavarian Getaway | Alpine Hotel
Earthed tones inspired by the doorstep nature form the interior basecamp of the Alpenloge in a camouflage of inked botanical prints, fauna across vast wallpapers


Originally conceived as the village schoolhouse in the 1930s, the traditional house, with the alpine curb appeal of larch shingles, gabled rooftop and green shutters framing the lattice windows, has been lovingly converted into a small design hotel and restaurant. Today Alpenloge holds a style vigil over lush pastures, wild meadows and alpine eye candy of Allgäu across the four compass points in each direction.

Co-owner Michael, a photographer, simply loves colour and set about bringing 28 shades into the house. Earthed tones inspired by the doorstep nature form the interior basecamp of the Alpenloge in a camouflage of inked botanical prints, fauna across vast wallpapers and licks of Little Greene paint keep the mood sober and subtle. Timber-plank flooring, bold Space Copenhagen furniture, Horgenglarus chairs, oversized forest-green velvet sofas, raw linens, 1931 Moser chairs and metallic-glowing Anglepoise lamps cast the places of conversation.

Alpenloge is not just a pretty face – the hotel was designed with sustainability in mind, not only in local sourcing and utilising natural products and building materials. Alpenloge uses an in-room air ventilation system that was awarded first place by The Passive House Institute for its energy recovery system. There is an obvious connection to the 360-degree outdoor theatre of the Allgäu.

Fostering a close relationship to the environment and doorstep pastures and lakes, bon vivants can enjoy some of the best food in the Alps - a culinary treat of taste, texture and presentation - with a provenance that sits well with mother nature. 

Alpenloge streams with light and through the cinematic windows and balconies, you can immerse yourself in the raw majesty of nearby mountains, undulating meadows and the picturesque village Scheffau, where farmhouses rub up against an ‘onion-turreted’ church. The mountains shimmer invitingly - but we cannot promise you won’t want to leave Alpenloge.


Alpenloge Boutique Hotel | Bavarian Getaway | Alpine Hotel

Each of the two suites, six junior suites and a double are painted a different colour - from earth red, ballet-slipper pink to fern green. Owner, Anja, is a self-confessed colour addict and she has turned her competent eye to the styling of the bedrooms, and each one has come out a little differently.

All have high ceilings and are light-flooded from windows flanked by a swish of taupe-coloured linen curtains. King-size Schramm Werkstätte beds feature in every room, often with a splash of designer wallpaper above - perhaps a Wall and Deco heritage swirl or a nature-inspired Little Green floral print, or a framed vintage botanical artwork. A nice touch by the beds is 1930s light switches, a simple antidote to multi-switch frustration! Wooden floors are warmed by neutral cowhide rugs, the furniture comes as a mix of classic and modern - lounge chairs take inspiration from the 50s with lambskin finishes and reconditioned armchairs come from the schoolhouse loft in mid-century designs. Some of the suites open out onto bedecked balconies, with carefully placed sun loungers that make the most of the warming mountain sun and uplifting Alpine views.

Bathrooms are stylish nests wrapped in charcoal-hued metro tiles with reflective silver tubs and rain showers. Double sinks come with brass taps and large hessian laundry bags adds to the scene of pared-back style.


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Continuing the concept narrative of bringing the surrounding doorstep nature that prevails into the hotel is at the heart of the Alpenloge, non-less so than its bon vivant philosophy of fabulous, slow-sourced food, a culinary feast enjoyed exclusively for hotel guests. A long-time ex-pat, British Chef Mark Beastall is at the helm of the house kitchen - a man who gets excited by humble produce, the stark changing seasons found in this altitudinous part of the Bavarian Alps and spending time harvesting from his own vegetable gardens. 

Food is presented with a fervour for texture, colour and taste; you feel the connection when you glance through the large gallery windows.

Breakfast includes the usual Bavarian heroes of rural Alpine goodness – traditional rye loaves of bread, farmhouse butter, thick creamy yoghurts and pastries crafted from mountain recipes. Ham, cheese and salamis come beautifully arranged on a tiered stand.

Dinner is a more epicurean affair with Chef Beastall's hallmark three and four-course menus celebrating the humble daily heroes he passionately turns into culinary magic.


Alpenloge Boutique Hotel | Bavarian Getaway | Alpine Hotel

Downstairs there’s a cosy, light-filled wellness area, where wood meets natural stone, accents of green take inspiration from nature and a vast cinematic view pans out from floor-to-ceiling-to-wall-to-glass. There’s usually a crackling fire - this is the place to concede to the panorama.

After a day of hiking the little spa is an appealing option for unwinding with its brine steam bath and a sauna-with-a-view. A massage room is a scene of relaxing herbal compress treatments, with fresh herbs gathered from the mountains.


The Alpenloge is located in the four-country corner and is accessible from Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Austria. You’ll find the hotel situated in the Alpine village of Scheffau and the sparkling waters of Lake Constance are just a 20-minute drive away. The mountains are within easy reach, enjoy hiking and skiing at Hochgrat, which at 1.834m is the highest mountain of the western Allgäu.

"Two years ago, we decided to bring a wonderful feeling of home to a very special place for us. A place we wanted to fill with our own memories, impressions and experiences. So here she stands now: the Alpenloge. Our home in all directions that we want to share with you.”


When a photographer Michael Schott and sociologist Anja Engelke met, they immediately seized the opportunity for a new chapter in their life. The pair discovered the derelict 1930s school building and took up the challenge of reimagining it as a boutique hotel with a contemporary style. Their warm welcome has become infamous and the duo make the most perfect hosts. Michael will greet you at the door like an old friend and a drink is within your clasp within minutes.

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