Walking Across Europe is superb so get on your walking boots to see the region at its very best and really get away from it all.
If you are following one of the major German hiking trails, at the end of each stage you’ll find some accommodation available. Moreover, most German towns have at least one two- or three-star hotel, and standards are very much what you would expect. But even towns too small or insignificant to accommodate a proper hotel – as well as most German villages – have a Gasthof, an inn, with at least three or four Fremdenzimmers (guest rooms). These rooms are generally clean and inexpensive, sometimes surprisingly so. On the flip side, however, standards can be quite basic.
If you want to feel a real walking spirit and sleep outside, then campsites is just for you. There are 2.500 campsites in Germany, so you won’t have problems in finding one. Remember, that it’s forbidden to make your own campsite in not signed area for this. The usual time for camping in Germany is from April to October but you even find a few, which remain open year round, e.g. near to ski areas. Many campsites provide additional cabins besides those for tents, motorhomes or caravans. The equipment is varying, depending on size and region. But high standards guarantee easy access to a shared kitchen, bathroom facilities, laundry facilities (mostly, but not always) and dumping stations, while you can always choose between non-powered and powered camp grounds with water/electric hook-ups. For even more fun when camping in Germany bicycles, canoes and boats can sometimes be rented. Just before packing your things, find out in which campsites you’ll be staying and what do they provide.
For a stressless and idyllic family vacation, choose to stay on a farm (Bauernhof). Farmstays in Germany provide the perfect setting where the parents enjoy the rural quietness and the convenient accommodation while the kids have pure fun. Taste self made products like sausage or cheese, participate in German farm life. Depending on the type of farm and the season, staying here could let you experience milking, feeding, helping with the harvest or driving a tractor. Along with walking enjoy other outdoor activities near the farm: fishing, horse trekking, angling, hiking or sledging in winter.
Another well-priced accommodation with good standards is German guest house, which is called „Pension“ or “Gasthaus”. They are cheaper than hotels and their furnishings are more basic. Generally the rooms are comfortable, have TV, own shower/WC but do not have an own kitchen. Usually, the price of a stay in a guesthouse includes breakfast. In German guest houses you are mostly served a good and rich breakfast buffet in German style. Some houses are located near to a wide range of activities and attractions, while others are secluded in beautiful, out-of-the-way spots where you can just relax and feel at home.
Hotels in Germany come in all price ranges and equipments. So you can expect to find top international hotel accommodation chains, such as Hilton, Hyatt or InterContinental. But you will also discover smaller ones, which are memorable for their individuality and in convenient locations on all the main traveling routes. There are many German hotels, which are specialized in a concrete theme: historical hotel, situated in the castle; wellness hotel, offering spa; sport hotel, specialized in sports.
If you are looking for a self contained & self catering accommodation for your holiday you should rent vacation homes in Germany (Ferienhaus). They are never the same, so you are getting a house with character as well as comfort. And compared to a hotel, you will probably have a lot more living space to enjoy. Besides, they are fully equipped with separate bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and lots of useful things like cable TV, telephone or washing machine. Some vacation homes in Germany are outstanding because of fireside, spa, swimming pool and big well-kept gardens – it is just a matter of money.