My time in Germany has been limited to two eight-hour layovers in Düsseldorf, en route to warmer climes. Though I made the most of it (including a
Garden Tour we mentioned on Gardenista), I’ve not had the pleasure of experiencing Deutschland—but after compiling a list of the following dozen rental homes spread across the country, I’m ready to pack my bags.
Here’s where you should stay: 12 vacation rental homes with interesting stories and even better looks—all owned by small proprietors, tucked in historic buildings, or perched on the sea.
Above: Designed by Remodelista favorite Studio Oink, Vielleichtnoch Haus is located on the shores of the Baltic Sea in Mecklenburg, in northern Germany, and sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms. It has a private in-house sauna, hand-finished plaster walls, and a garden with two terraces. Note: Prices will be reduced during summer 2018 while construction begins on additional guest houses nearby. Above: Hainichhöfe chalets are located 10 meters from the entrance to Hainich National Park in central Germany, a UNESCO-listed forest with many miles of hiking trails. Six wood chalets have room for four people each, and yoga retreats for both adults and kids are on offer. Above: Located in northern Bavaria at the foot of the Hörnles mountains, Bleibe guest house sleeps six guests in three bedrooms. There’s a fully kitted kitchen, a deck, and small garden, and no TV. Above: There are two Steuermann guest houses on Föhr, one of the Frisian Islands off Germany’s North Sea coast. The house shown here, Steuermann East, sleeps four guests on two floors, while the other house sleeps six. Both are carefully appointed with minimalist furniture, wood and concrete finishes, gourmet kitchens, and woodstoves. Above: A 645-square-foot modern houseboat on Lake Rummelsburg in eastern Berlin sleeps two adults and two kids, and comes with bicycles for exploring the region. For more, see The Urban Rental: A Modern Houseboat in Berlin. Above: Hyt is a tiny “mobile barn” with a woodstove, shower, toilet, and single beds for up to five people. It’s mobile, but is parked in a hunting preserve in Buchet, on the German border with Belgium. It’s owned by the Wild Berghof inn, which has its own restaurant and market, so provisions are nearby.