When it comes to places to stay, SouthWest Germany has a huge array of comfortable and welcoming hotels, B&Bs and guest houses. But it also offers accommodation that is truly unique. So, if you fancy something completely different – just read on!
Tip 1: Barrel cabins at Haberjockelshof Farm
Sleep in a barrel? Yes! The Haberjockelshof organic farm in Titisee-Neustadt has big, barrel-shaped, wooden cabins that are surrounded by lush Black Forest meadows, with perhaps a cow or two. Each “barrel” has a spacious living room, heating and can sleep up to four people. The shower, toilet and lounge with a refrigerator are in an adjoining building. The price includes a rustic breakfast with home-made specialities. Bookable from May to October.
Read more: haberjockelshof.de
Tip 2: Tree tents on Schluchsee lake
Slung between two large spruce trees, these extraordinary “flying tents” are two metres off the ground! They overlook Schluchsee lake and, on warm summer nights, the “roof” can be removed, so you can sleep under the stars. The tents are suitable for two people, such as a couple or parent and child. Showers and toilets are on a nearby campsite. Breakfast is an option, which can be ordered in advance; bookable from May to October.
Read more: schwarzwald-tourismus.info
Tip 3: Tree houses and shepherd's wagons in the Tripsdrill Nature Resort
Surrounded by woodland, the Tripsdrill Nature Resort has 20 tree houses and 20 rustic shepherd's wagons that guarantee memorable experiences. The shepherd's wagons are suitable for up to five people and have a seating area, refrigerator and washing machine. The central shower block is close by. Each tree house sleeps up to six and has a small bathroom and veranda. Both types of accommodation are heated, so can be booked year round. Breakfast and admission to the Tripsdrill Wildlife Park next door are included in the price.
Read more: tripsdrill.de/en/nature-resort
Tip 4: A circus wagon, tepee or yurt at Hofgut Hopfenburg
Where else can you spend the night in a yurt or a tepee? A tinker’s caravan or a safari tent? A shepherd's wagon or a circus wagon? The answer is Hofgut Hopfenburg in Münsingen. And, with this kind of choice, one holiday is never enough! Located in the idyllic heart of the Swabian Alb biosphere reserve, the complex includes a farm, a bakery and a farm shop.
Read more: muensingen.com
Tip 5: Sleep with the Mouse in the Ravensburger Spieleland
From July to September, families can extend the fun of the Ravensburger Spieleland theme park with an overnight stay in the park’s own holiday village. The 60 cabins are themed on much-loved Ravensburger game and toy characters, such as Maus, Elefant and Käpt'n Blaubär. Add in 40 motorhome pitches and 16 safari tents and there is something for every family. The price includes the breakfast buffet, entrance to the theme park during the stay and evening activities.
Read more: spieleland.de
Tip 6: Sleep in a hay loft at the Fischer holiday farm
Children love climbing up to the loft to sleep in the hay at the Fischer family’s holiday farm in Seebach in the Black Forest. On request, the Fischers can organise an evening barbecue, a farmer's breakfast and cookery lessons to make bread or the quiche-like Speckrahmkuchen. There is a communal bathroom – and a fountain for washing with fresh spring water. Bookable from May to October. Remember to bring your own sleeping bag!
Read more: schwarzwald-tourismus.info
Tip 7: Sleep in the open air in the Black Forest
Go off-trail to an away-from-it all spot. Build your own campfire. Spend the night in the open air. Unspoiled nature is waiting at nine special trekking camps in the Black Forest. Each has a fire pit and a toilet, and accommodates a maximum of three tents, with three people allowed in each tent. The camps must be booked in advance and are available between May and October. Further information and registration are on the trekking camp website, which includes the Black Forest Central/North Natural Park, the Black Forest National Park and the Southern Black Forest Natural Park.
Read more: trekking-schwarzwald.de
Tip 8: WiesenBett tents on a Black Forest farm
The Hilserhof farm in Triberg offers a different sort of holiday down on the farm. Guests stay in WiesenBett lodge tents, which have wooden floors and are furnished like a farmhouse parlour. There are five in all, each with cold running water and a toilet. Showers are in the rustic cellar of the farmhouse. And, of course, there are farm animals and a farm shop.
Read more: hilserhof.de
Tip 9: Spend the night in the USA, Spain or Italy at Europa-Park
In Rust, the Europa-Park theme park not only invites you to explore the 15 European-themed areas by day, but also to stay on site in one of their themed hotels. Try the Bell Rock for an adventure in New England, USA; the Colosseo for a trip to bella Italia; the Spanish-style Castillo Alcazar to sample life in the days of knights and ladies. All the hotels have play areas for children. Extra-special for younger guests is a surprise appearance by Ed Euromaus and his friends at breakfast. Bonus: hotel guests have early entry to attractions in the park. In summer, they enter 30 minutes before day visitors; in winter, 60 minutes.
Read more: europapark.de/en