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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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                                                                                                      The accommodation was lovely, well-equipped and in a convenient location with facilities nearby.

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                                                                                                      We very much enjoyed our stay. We received a very warm welcome from the owners and felt that we could have approached them if we had any problems (which we didn't!). We had prior knowledge of the area and found the location to be ideal, there are shops and restauraunts nearby and many facilities within walking distance, whilst being in a quiet part of town. The property was very clean, well maintained and equipped providing a perfect base during our stay in Rudesheim. There are plenty of tourist attractions within Rudesheim and the surrounding area is beautiful for walking and exploring with good rail links further afield, such as to Cologne and Heidelberg.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Sensational Schnde Apartment

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                                                                                                      We stayed 3 nights at this wonderful apartment in late July 2016. The apartment is in the same building as the host family's home but is completely separate and independent from the hosts. It has its own entrance and garden patio for privacy. Free car parking is available on the street in front of the property, which is located in a modern housing development near a small village just outside Schnde. There is a good supermarket and bakery in the village (about 10 minute walk). Schnde (about 5 minute drive) has larger supermarkets, cash machines, cheap fuel stations and a good Chinese Restaurant among other dining options. The apartment is spacious, modern, tastefully decorated and extremely well-equipped with high quality appliances as indicated in the property descriptions. It was spotlessly clean and very comfortable. Cordula, our host, has an excellent command of English as she has worked as a professional translator and lived for several years in the USA. She has thought of everything to assist independent English-speaking travellers including very well documented instructions for the appliances and local tourist information. She is also an excellent source of advice about local attractions and travel options. We used the apartment as our base for accessing the Harz mountains and the beautiful towns of Goslar and Quedlinburg, each about an hour drive away, as well as Brunswick about 30 minutes drive. The apartment is also in a good location for travel to Hanover or Hamelin. We highly recommend this property for a very comfortable, quiet and relaxed stay in the area with very helpful and unobtrusive hosts. It was the best self-catering apartment we had used in over four months of travelling throughout the UK and central and eastern Europe.
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      Fabulous

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                                                                                                      Lovely house in attractive area of charming village. Met the neighbours on our first morning. Super local bakery / cakes / cafe. If you speak the slightest German, go to the tourist office and book the new Monday evening wine tour - great fun, really interesting, great value. Enkirch is quiet and a super place to use as a base to explore the area. Special thank you to Frau Seling who welcomed us to the house.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016