The town of Oberstdorf, in the middle of the Allgäu Alps, not far from the Austrian and Swiss borders, is stylishly chic. It’s sometimes described as the St. Moritz, Gstaad or Megève of Germany, but we think it’s a lot cosier – gemütlicher as they say here. Both the town and its surroundings are beautiful, and there are all the amenities you could wish for. Oberstdorf has a Bavarian grandeur but still feels homely. And QL is lucky to have very special jewel in Oberstdorf: Alpin Lifestyle Hotel Löwen & Strauss. In the town centre, near the church, with a wonderful cast iron sign in black and gold.
Löwen & Strauss is a true family business. Top chef Peter Strauss is both a manager and a Michelin star chef. His 80-year-old mother Sielinde helps with the service and his son Sebastian takes care of the reception and helps with the management. What’s more, the person playing a game of Fingerhakeln – Alpine finger wrestling – in the picture prominently featured on the wall in the trendy Alpenbrasserie Löwenwirschaft is Peter’s grandfather, so no fewer than four generations are represented.
Peter is a particularly familiar figure at QL, as he’s on the Advisory Board and is the originator of our famous QLUB packages: dinner and an overnight stay at a set price – a clear, attractive deal so you know exactly where you stand. And in his case, you dine at the Michelin-starred restaurant Ess Atelier Strauss.
Löwen & Strauss is both contemporary and traditional at the same time. They serve ‘Alpine dishes’, for example, but often with an international twist, particularly with Asian influences. The basic ingredients are local – you might see the hunter Adler arriving with a roe deer or Alpine ibex which he’s shot at an altitude of more than 2000 meters.
In the wellness oasis Casa Alp, with its panoramic sauna and tepidarium, you can relax after an active day out. From Oberstdorf, it’s easy to reach the Kleinwalsertal hiking and skiing area across the border in Austria. With no fewer than 48 ski lifts, you can ski no less than 130 kilometres through the German and Austrian Alps.