Sigmund Freud was once a guest at the 14th century Hotel Bad Dreikirchen, situated high in the Italian Alps. His verdict? "There was a delightful solitude, mountains, woods, flowers, water, castles, monasteries—and no crowds."
Not much has changed since the legendary psychoanalyst stayed here, according to our LA designer friend Cynthia Carlson of DCM Designs. Carlson recently spent a few days at the hotel (she was originally planning a visit to the more austere Bauhaus-era Pension Briol, but the allure of better food and private baths won out) and was completely charmed.
In 2003, Italian architects Lazzarini Pickering oversaw the renovation of the 26-room hotel. "The architects' carefully chosen palette of new materials is respectfully limited yet bold," according to Carlson. "The color yellow, seen often on building facades in southern Germany and the alps, predominates as an accent—in the form of an enlarged damask pattern spilling over the walls and the ceiling of the music room."
N.B. Bad Dreikirchen is accessible only by foot or by jeep taxi, but it's thoroughly worth the trek, according to Carlson. For more information, go to Gasthof Bad Dreikirchen.
Above: Gasthof Bad Dreikirchen has been run by the Wodenegg family for more than 200 years.
Above: A dining area overlooking the alpine scenery.
Above: A wood-paneled sitting room where one can imagine Freud at work.
Above: "The color yellow, seen often on building facades in southern Germany and the alps, predominates as an accent—in the form of an enlarged damask pattern spilling over the walls and the ceiling of the music room," Carlson says.
Above: "In such a breathtaking setting, with jaw-dropping views in every direction, one doesn't need or want more than a simple pine room with white linens and a plump eiderdown," Carlson says.
Above: "But contemporary fittings and fixtures in a small chic bathroom are nice to have," Carlson adds.
Above: A room with a view.
Above: A traditional wood carved balcony; flowers picked from the meadows. Photos by Cynthia Carlson.
Above: The pool overlooking the Alps; photo by Cynthia Carlson.
Above: The view onto the valley floor; photo via Cynthia Carlson.
To learn more about Cynthia Carlson, see her LA project: Modern Meets Classic: A Sleek Home in Los Angeles.