No need to travel to the ends of the earth to find a beautiful spot: to the south of Munich, in Germany’s Bavarian Alps, lies Elmau Castle, surrounded by babbling mountain streams and clear lakes. For your well-being, health and relaxation, two spa hotels with a yoga pavilion await you among the breathtaking scenery. What also makes it special is that it’s the only yoga studio outside a major city. Classes for beginners and advanced students are held every day, and once a year Elmau Castle plays host to a grand “Yoga Summit” with teachers of various yoga styles attending from all over the world. There’s also a Jivamukti yoga studio, which offers basic hours as well as open hours with a certified Jivamukti yoga teacher. In addition, the castle is also visited regularly by big names in the world of yoga, including Dr Patrick Boone and Patricia Thielemann, to lead retreats lasting several days.