Leave Munich behind, head south-west and eventually you will find the small village of Burgberg with only 3.000 inhabitants. The place is one of these quaint little settlements where the term “normal” still applies. Where cows still graze on the slopes and where the skyline is mostly taken up by the Grünten, an impressive mountain some 1773 meters high. Keep an eye out for an old sawmill situated on one of those slopes. Albert Gilb & his family own the place and since they had ample room in the backyard they had an assortment of new chalets built in 2018. The kicker? All the chalets are actually located in the middle of the village blending in nicely with the older neighborhood. Upon arrival you cannot help thinking, what a genuinely authentic place far away from the beaten path of mass tourism.
We were greeted personally by the man himself, firm handshake and all. Ever picture an owner of a sawmill? Well, Albert Gilb sure looks the part. He runs his new operation together with his wife Sonja. Their motto? “In der Ruhe liegt die Kraft”. Which is Bavarian and translates loosely into “whatever you do, take your time.”
THE CHALETS & APARTMENTS
The main house is called the “Huigartè. Here you find the reception, a restaurant for breakfast & special occasions and even a small shop to cover the basics. Scattered above are nine chalets with a total of 40 beds. For the exterior and interior just think of a rural mountain hut. An abundance of natural wood, cosy floors and beds made out of Swiss pine. Simply beautiful and impeccably clean. Each chalet features a fully equipped kitchen, wood-fired bathtubs (very romantic) located on the terrace together with its own fireplace. The larger chalets even have their own sauna. And the biggest one comes with its own spa and enough space to comfortably host up to six people.
Breakfast is served at the “Huigartè”. If you want. If not you can always have a breakfast basket delivered to your chalet. Different evenings will have different dining options in the restaurant as well. At least once a week there is a communal dinner featuring regional delicacies. Not to be missed! The Gilbs are cooking close to home. Their intention is to revive the tradition of the old “Gasthaus”, the inn that used to be a central part of the old village communities where folks would gather in one place to eat and have a drink together.
It may not be that spectacular at first glance. But give it a second look and you soon realize: The surroundings are among the most beautiful that Bavaria has to offer. The aforementioned Grünten. The so called guardian of the Allgäu. There are three family friendly ski areas close-by with the Grünten one being the largest. There are also three golf courses in the vicinity for those who intend to come outside the snow season. Our personal recommendation for this special place: family skiing and snowshoe hikes in the winter, mountain (E)-bike tours in the summer starting directly at your accommodation.
Families looking for something “down to earth” with a degree of authenticity.
Apartments from 180 Euros, Chalets from 260 Euros. There are also some pre-season special offers: For example Chalet “Huigartè” costs 1421 Euros for the whole week in mid December.
Booking & Contacts
An der Sägemühle
87545 Burgberg im Allgäu
Bavaria / Germany