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Make a holiday rental property or accommodation in Germany your home away from home

Germany is a magnificently diverse country to visit, and it is impossible to write a travel guide to Germany in such a small space. This article is barely a rough guide, scraping the surface of the sights, sounds and things to do in Germany. As a cosmopolitan yet traditional county, Germany has a huge wealth of unique entertainment, festivals, shopping, sporting attractions, world class restaurants and one of the warmest welcomes in Europe. Which ever corner of Germany you choose for your holiday, there is self catering accommodation in Germany to suit.


Popular destinations in Germany for holidays

Things to do on holiday in Germany

You could take many years travelling through the country and not see and do all the things on offer to do in Germany. Culturally speaking, taking accommodation in Germany could not place you in a better location to see several hundred defiant castles and luxurious palaces from all eras, beautifully presented museums, musical and theatrical performances and 32 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Germany also has some stunning natural resources, from the magical Black Forest to the long sandy beaches of the north. There are 16 biosphere reserves of precious landscapes of international importance, where canoeing, walking sailing are encouraged.

As for sporting heritage, there are very few sports unavailable in Germany. Ski resorts like Oberstdorf, Lenggries and Berchtesgaden are friendly, accessible and have retained their national culture, unlike many of Europe's busiest ski resorts. Water sports are becoming hugely popular in Germany, from wakeboarding to rafting, sailing to surfing. Walking, hiking, cycling and riding are massively popular activities across Germany, as there are huge tracts of unspoilt countryside and unsurpassed scenery. Taking rural accommodation in Germany is a huge treat, especially if you walk down the waterways with a fishing rod.

The towns and cities of Germany, especially the capital of Germany, have a huge number of interesting historical sites and international events. The cities of Berlin, Dresden, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Hamberg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich and Nuremburg are all internationally recognised centres of travel and tourism, each with a vast array of things to do and places to see.

Places to holiday in Germany

Mecklenburg, known as the 'land of a thousand lakes', is Germany's least populated region, home to the most beautiful natural landscapes, a perfect place to take accommodation in Germany for a peaceful yet active self catering holiday.

Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) is in the north-west of the country, a mixture of mountains, lakes, waterfalls and flats. Home to the city of Hamburg, with all of its heritage, and surrounded by lakes for water sports, numerous golf courses and some of the best walking and cycling country around, German property in Lower Saxony has become much sought after.

When you think of stereotypical Germany, it is most likely Bavaria you are thinking of; Lederhosen, exquisite beers, (I am yet to find better anywhere in the world), and colourful houses. This is personally my favourite destination in Germany, as the culture is so rich, and so proudly maintained. In this respect, the Black Forest is similar, and also has incredible walking, spas and some modest skiing in winter.

The Baltic Islands offer a unique place to take a holiday rental in Germany. Still very much undiscovered by the British tourist market, the Baltic Islands consist of picturesque sandy beaches, quaint fishing villages, humbling historic ruins and virgin forests.

Weather in Germany

The weather in Germany is mild, ranging from an average of around 23°C in summer, to an average of around 2°C in winter.

Travel to Germany

There are a huge number of cheap flights to Germany, provided by a range of airlines. Depending on the exact location of your self catering property in Germany, Berlin (BER), Cologne (CGN), Dresden (DRS), Hamburg (HAM), Frankfurt (FRA) and many other airports receive direct cheap flights from the UK.

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Germany Holiday Homes - Self Catering Accommodation (300+)

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    Wonderful! 4.9/5
    (86 reviews)
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    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    Apartment #6185775
    86
    Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
      Exceptional! 5.0/5
      (6 reviews)
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      • Studio
      • 3 BA
      • Sleeps 10
      Multiple rentals Castle #515877
      6
      Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
        Wonderful! 4.9/5
        (29 reviews)
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        • 3 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Sleeps 6
        Apartment #526285
        29
        Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
          Wonderful! 4.9/5
          (24 reviews)
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          • 3 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 7
          Apartment #533599
          24
          Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
            Wonderful! 4.8/5
            (27 reviews)
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            • 2 BR
            • 2 BA
            • Sleeps 6
            Apartment #758385
            27
            Viewed 31 times in the last 48 hours
              Exceptional! 5.0/5
              (50 reviews)
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              • 5 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Sleeps 12
              House #773576
              50
              Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                (45 reviews)
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                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 4
                Multiple rentals Apartment #2051933
                45
                Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                  • 2 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 5
                  Multiple rentals Apartment #2064634
                  13
                    Excellent! 4.5/5
                    (11 reviews)
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                    • 1 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 4
                    Multiple rentals Apartment #2072369
                    11
                    Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                      (27 reviews)
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Separate Toilet
                      • Sleeps 6
                      House #2103690
                      27
                      Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                        (20 reviews)
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                        • 1 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 2
                        Multiple rentals Apartment #2114251
                        20
                        Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                          (37 reviews)
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                          • 1 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 3
                          Apartment #2233799
                          37
                          Viewed 33 times in the last 48 hours
                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                            (14 reviews)
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                            • Studio
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 5
                            Apartment #2247649
                            14
                            Viewed 40 times in the last 48 hours
                              Excellent! 4.5/5
                              (11 reviews)
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                              • Studio
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 2
                              Apartment #2269986
                              11
                              Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                (44 reviews)
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                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 4
                                Multiple rentals Apartment #2271392
                                44
                                Viewed 33 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                  (12 reviews)
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                                  • 3 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 6
                                  House #2355491
                                  12
                                  Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                    (14 reviews)
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 2 BA
                                    • Sleeps 6
                                    House #2396775
                                    14
                                    Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Excellent! 4.6/5
                                      (7 reviews)
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                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 5
                                      Apartment #2408247
                                      7
                                      Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                        • 1 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Multiple rentals Apartment #2166617
                                        Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
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                                          • 3 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 6
                                          Apartment #2417773
                                          2
                                          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Excellent! 4.5/5
                                            (18 reviews)
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                                            • 1 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Sleeps 5
                                            Apartment #2430075
                                            18
                                            Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Excellent! 4.7/5
                                              (20 reviews)
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                                              • 1 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 4
                                              Apartment #2443541
                                              20
                                              Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                Apartment #2401529
                                                3
                                                Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                  (8 reviews)
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                                                  • 1 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                  Apartment #2472204
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                                                  Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                    (18 reviews)
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                                                    • 1 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                    Apartment #2481327
                                                    18
                                                    Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                      (6 reviews)
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                                                      • Studio
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                      Apartment #2533634
                                                      6
                                                      Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                        • 1 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                        Apartment #2535962
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                                                        Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                          • 1 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                          Apartment #2541424
                                                          4
                                                          Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                            (6 reviews)
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                                                            • 1 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                            Apartment #2555596
                                                            6
                                                            Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                              House #2562124
                                                              2
                                                              Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                House #2571570
                                                                3
                                                                Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 3
                                                                  Apartment #2561589
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                                                                  Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                                    House #2561474
                                                                    Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 3
                                                                      Apartment #2577821
                                                                      Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 5
                                                                        Apartment #2586504
                                                                        Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                          (10 reviews)
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                                                                          • 4 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                                          • Sleeps 8
                                                                          Apartment #542467
                                                                          10
                                                                          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                            (5 reviews)
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                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                            Multiple rentals Apartment #753731
                                                                            5
                                                                            Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                              (74 reviews)
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                                                                              • Studio
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 2
                                                                              Apartment #760037
                                                                              74
                                                                              Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                (27 reviews)
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                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                Multiple rentals Apartment #784699
                                                                                27
                                                                                Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                                  • Sleeps 7
                                                                                  House #8082326
                                                                                  3
                                                                                  Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    • Studio
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 2
                                                                                    Multiple rentals Apartment #2029194
                                                                                    2
                                                                                    Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      • 4 BR
                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                                                      House #1465923
                                                                                      6
                                                                                        Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                        (13 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                                        Apartment #2398250
                                                                                        13
                                                                                        Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                          (25 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                                          Apartment #2446488
                                                                                          25
                                                                                          Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                            (15 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 4 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                                                            • Sleeps 9
                                                                                            Apartment #2470940
                                                                                            15
                                                                                            Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Very Good! 4.2/5
                                                                                              (5 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 2
                                                                                              Apartment #2402097
                                                                                              5
                                                                                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                (5 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                Apartment #2506978
                                                                                                5
                                                                                                Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                  Apartment #2514821
                                                                                                  4
                                                                                                  Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                                    (8 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Apartment #2531101
                                                                                                    8
                                                                                                    Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                    Recent Reviews

                                                                                                    Modern apartment in fantastic location

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    This is a great apartment - very new, and with plenty of room for 8 of us (4 adults and 4 children). The owners live very close by - so we had no problem getting help from them when needed. The location is also great - being very close to the Schauinsland mountain, and also not far from Freiburg. Lots of tourist attractions for children and adults. Highly recommended.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                    Utterly charming property in an amazing village. Clean and very comfortable and a fantastic base fo

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    We had a fantastic holiday in Prichsenstadt. The area is steeped in history and fun things to do.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                    A beautiful and comfortable flat in Franken

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    What a great apartment at Franken! Clean, with character and comfortable and is filled with all the amenities you need. We loved the area: medieval towns/cities and beautiful thick forest where you can have wonderful walks. Highly recommended.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016