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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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                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                      Excellent location, perfect for a family visit

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Stayed for 5 nights in March whilst visiting family and having a short holiday. There were 3 adults and 1 child in our group and the house was perfect for us. The 2 berooms on the middle floor adjoin making it perfect for a family. The property is located no more than 5 minutes stroll from the main market place and shops. It is also full of character; wonkey walls, uneven floors etc! The parking garage is a tight squeeze for a large vehicle but if you reverse your vehicle in it's much easier to avoid the walls! Kitchen is well equipped with more than you would expect for a selfcatering property. Being English with a basic understanding of everyday german, we struggled a little with the instructions about the heating and hot water. We managed to understand the central heating but really didn't manage to get a hot shower in the mornings! I think that may be more about our incompetence rather than a fault with the apartment! I was so perfect that the only thing we problem we could raise would be with the length of the window blinds! Some of them just aren't as long as the windows so the neigbours get a good view of you in bed! We used cushions to block the gaps! We loved this place so much we're looking at returning for 2 weeks next year!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 28-Mar-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2016

                                                                                                      Well located and very well equipped.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The flat was beautiful, well located and very well equipped and supplied. It was within walking distance to the city centre and very close to a supermarket and bars. The landlords were very attentive, kind and gave us a variety of options for entering and exiting the flat. We enjoyed the weekend, we would definitely be coming back and would recommend it.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 17-Mar-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2016