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Nachhaltiges-hotel-birkenhof-inhaber-teamAt the Forefront of Eco-Luxury: Birkenhof Hotel’s Pioneering Approach to Sustainable Wellness.

In the verdant expanses of the Upper Palatinate Lake District, the Birkenhof Hotel stands as a paragon of how luxury and sustainability can seamlessly coalesce, providing a blueprint for the future of the hospitality industry. Under the stewardship of Lukas Obendorfer, this 5-star gourmet resort has embarked on a transformative journey, fundamentally redefining the essence of a wellness hotel.

Redefining Hospitality with Sustainable Practices



When Lukas Obendorfer stepped into the role of managing director at Birkenhof, he brought a vision that has since materialized into a series of progressive environmental initiatives. His approach was simple yet revolutionary—meld luxury with sustainability to create an unparalleled guest experience that pays homage to ecological responsibilities.

“The metamorphosis began three years ago, but the real transformation unfolded last year when we overhauled our energy systems,” explains Obendorfer. Implementing a combined heat and power (CHP) plant fueled by locally sourced wood chips dramatically reduced the hotel’s carbon footprint by cutting gas consumption by 90%. This pivotal shift underscores Birkenhof’s commitment to sustainability and enhances its luxury quotient by integrating eco-consciousness into every aspect of its operations.

Innovative Solutions in Energy and Waste Management

Nachhaltiges hotel birkenhof wellnessbereich outdoor pools.

Nachhaltiges hotel birkenhof wellnessbereich outdoor pools.

At the heart of Birkenhof’s sustainability agenda is its innovative energy solution. The hotel now boasts two boilers that exclusively burn wood chips, supporting electrical and thermal energy needs. “This year, we’re looking to integrate a wood gasifier, which will bolster our efforts in producing sustainable energy onsite,” Obendorfer adds, highlighting his strategic vision for energy self-sufficiency.

Waste management is another critical area in which Birkenhof has made significant strides. Introducing a composting plant, which processes organic waste with bacteria and heat, reduces the need for external waste removal and provides high-quality compost for the hotel gardens, closing the loop on organic waste.

Luxury Without Compromise

Nachhaltiges hotel birkenhof Eis sauna.

Nachhaltiges hotel birkenhof Eis sauna.

One of the challenges in marrying sustainability with luxury is ensuring that eco-friendly practices do not impinge on guests’ comfort and experience. Birkenhof dispels this notion by proving that sustainable operations can enhance rather than detract from luxury. The hotel’s spa area, a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation, has been ingeniously designed to conserve energy without sacrificing the guest experience. Obendorfer champions techniques such as using night-time covers for pools and reducing chemical usage.

“Our philosophy is clear—if you’re doing something good, you should not only talk about it but also lead by example to inspire and engage others,” says Obendorfer. His leadership extends beyond environmental stewardship to social responsibility, employing a diverse workforce and actively participating in community projects.

Looking Ahead: Sustainable Growth and Community Engagement

Lukas Obendorfer Birkenhof Genussresort.

Lukas Obendorfer Birkenhof Genussresort.

As Birkenhof continues to evolve, its focus remains steadfast on integrating sustainable practices across all facets of its operations—from energy consumption to guest experiences and community involvement. Looking forward, Obendorfer envisions a facility that leads in luxury hospitality and acts as a community cornerstone, supporting local initiatives and fostering environmental consciousness among its guests and stakeholders.

“It’s not just about being a luxury hotel; it’s about being a responsible corporate entity that contributes positively to its environment and community,” concludes Obendorfer. With such comprehensive and forward-thinking practices, Birkenhof is not merely a hotel but a beacon of sustainable luxury, pointing the way for the entire hospitality industry.

About Birkenhof Hotel

Nestled amidst lush landscapes, Birkenhof Hotel is more than just a place to stay; it’s an experience woven with the threads of luxury and sustainability. Guests are treated to an array of top-tier amenities, including the award-winning 2-Michelin-starred Eisvogel Restaurant, bespoke spa treatments, and exquisitely designed accommodations that offer comfort and elegance. Whether enjoying a serene moment by the natural swimming pond or indulging in a gourmet meal, every aspect of Birkenhof is designed with sustainability and luxury.




Written by: Octavia Koo