In Elmau, Germany, a treasure trove of tradition lives on. A renovation has been carried out here with great sensitivity, incorporating natural materials such as local Solnhof natural stone and untreated wood to expand the castle and make it fit for the future. The result is a luxury hotel combing tradition with forward-thinking design. It is popular amongst guests for its elegant, natural clarity. The bathroom walls alone consist of 160-millionyear- old Jura limestone from Pappenheim, Germany, which have been imbued with new life through Duravit's modern design. It is praised by all for its high level of sustainability and energy awareness, the spa and pools being heated CO2-neutrally using local wood chips.