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Places to stay in Germany

Updated: Feb 23

As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Germany, we've picked out a selection of places to stay.

From a Feng Shui-inspired hotel to what must be one of Germany's most romantic places to stay – a rosy-pink medieval watermill – we've uncovered some fabulous places to rest your head hidden in the green folds of Germany's loveliest nature reserves, national parks and biospheres.

Germany has an impressive number of organic hotels (bio-hotels) where sustainability, organic food and respect for the surrounding environment and nature is a way of life for their owners. We've thrown some of our favourites into the mix: there's the welcoming Mohren Hotel with organic breakfasts to die for, the riverside hotel surrounded by fragrant cypress trees and the family-run organic farm with fairytale castles and baroque towns on the doorstep.

Biohotel Mohren, Lake Konstanz, Germany Unpretentious and welcoming organic hotel and restaurant with 65 calm, cool bedrooms, a wonderful restaurant serving organic feasts, breakfasts to die for, a gorgeous sauna and spa and masses to do on the doorstep – castles, lakes, walking trails. mohren.bio


Hotel Helvetia, Saxony, Germany

On banks of the river Elbe, this bio-hotel puts sustainability at the heart of everything they do. Beautiful chalet-style bedrooms, a 100% organic restaurant, spa and treatment rooms and walking, cycling and climbing nearby. hotelhelvetia.eu


Bavarian Forest Holidays, Germany

Self catering one, two and three bedroom luxury apartments in the largest wooded mountain region in Central Europe. Impressive eco credentials including solar panels, wood pellet heating, full waste recycling and organic food. bavarian-forest-holidays.com


Hotel Victoria, Freiburg, Germany

Near the train station in the student city of Freiburg is this Best Western hotel, located in a handsome 19th-century building in a vibrant corner of town. Comfy bedrooms, lively cocktail bar and exemplary green features throughout. hotel-victoria.de


Art'Otel, Cologne, Germany

A vibrant, sleek hotel with a modern 'bright and white' look to really showcase the beautiful artwork of Korean-born artist SEO that decorates the walls of every room. it’s also one of the city’s greener hotels with methods to save water and energy. radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/artotel-cologne


Radisson Blu Hotel Köln, Cologne, Germany

Feng Shui-inspired contemporary architecture and easy access to the city’s leafy Rheinpark create a relaxing environment at Radisson Blu. It's also sustainable, with energy conservation and recycling earning it a Green Key eco label. radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-blu-cologne


Gutshof Kraatz, Brandenburg, Germany

This coach house and farmhouse on a cider-making estate have been given a new lease of life. Natural, traditional materials used throughout, fabulous restaurant and farm shop on site, and orchards, forests and lakes to discover nearby. urlaubsarchitektur.de/en/gutshof-kraatz/


Schlossgut Oberambach, Lake Starnberg, Germany

A handsome, green-shuttered hotel above Lake Starnberg with organic restaurant, spa, lovely rooms, and space to breathe. Come in summer for birdwatching and dips in the natural swimming pond, in winter for snow shoeing along the Nordic walking route. biohotels.info/en/categories/schlossgut-oberambach


Biohotel Eggensberger, Füssen, Germany

Organic, chalet-style hotel in the wonderful Allgaü region of southern Germany, renowned for its delicious local produce. Rooms have mountain and lake views; ingredients for the organic restaurant come from family farm 2km away. eggensberger.de