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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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Tasteful retreat in Berlin suburbs

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We loved this stylish, well appointed, apartment in the Rummelsberg district of Berlin. Highlights included a large, comfortable, bed and awesome shower. The block was very clean and sat just off a Platz that made us feel we were in a local community setting. Ideally placed for transport links with two S-Bahn stations minutes away and bus stops also close-by. There were local shops and bars in the adjacent streets too as well as a large supermarket within walking distance. All in all a real find that helped us enjoy our week in the German capital. Wunderbar!
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  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017

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I stayed for four weeks at this apartment so by the time I left, it felt like home. Everything I needed was there, clean and in working order. There was plenty of bed linen, towels and other items. Unlike some other apartments I have stayed in, there were basics there already - washing powder, cloths, toilet roll, some tea, butter, jam, bits and bobs that previous renters had left behind which meant I didn't need to go on a panic shopping trip immediately. The location is amazing - public transport is almost literally on your doorstep with a tram stop less than 30 seconds from the door. There's another tram line located around the corner and the train station is an easy five-minute walk away. I did a lot of walking and, if you don't mind spending the shoe leather, Alexanderplatz is around half an hour's walk away in one direction (the Hackeschermarkt a little further), the Mauer Park with it's eclectic Sunday Flohmarkt half an hour in another direction and the lovely Volkspark Freidrichshain less than half an hour in the other direction. If you don't want to walk that far, there's plenty to see on your doorstep and, within 10 minutes, so many bars and restaurants, you'll be spoilt for choice. I'd recommend going down Winsstrasse to find a great pizza place on the right and further down, a fab little wine bar/shop called Weinberg on the junction with Immanuelkirchstrasse. Within that block, there are loads of places to eat and drink but go over Prenzlauer Allee and head for Rykestrasse and Kollwitzstrasse for plenty more. I thought I'd find a favourite place being there for so long but there were too many excellent places, I couldn't choose. If you don't want to walk, no problem. Public transport is amazing and cheap in Berlin and easy to negotiate - I had a few days further out in the Grunewald (take insect repellant!), the Olympic stadium and Potsdam which were great. There were piles of leaflets and printouts of things to do and places to go in the apartment so you'll never be short of ideas. Checking in and out of the apartment was a breeze and the owner was really helpful with all of my questions and got back to me quickly. If you Google street-view this place, you may think it looks a bit grotty from the outside as there is graffiti - inside it's totally different and, as a single female traveller, I have rarely felt so safe on holiday so don't let the facade of the building put you off. It's a really wonderful and well-placed apartment.
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