Destination guide

Germany—packed with adventure

From the eclectic museums of Cologne to the historic landmarks of Berlin, the cultural hot spots of Hamburg to the culinary delights of Munich, Germany provides the inspiration for a varied itinerary that’s packed with adventure. Vibrant nightlife, tempting stores, and fascinating heritage characterize its colorful cities, while picturesque landscapes and friendly villages provide a charming rural contrast. In a country that’s as easy to navigate by road or rail as Germany, vacation rentals offer a great way to fit in as many destinations and experiences as possible in the time available.

Things to do

Germany’s culture delivered to your door

Germany boasts an equally rich cultural heritage, with many world-class museums, art galleries, theaters, and opera houses. Berlin’s Theater am Schiffbauerdamm is home to the influential Berliner Ensemble founded in 1949 by Bertolt Brecht, while Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall is hailed as a 21st-century architectural masterpiece. The subjects of Cologne’s many museums range from Medieval art and contemporary sculpture to chocolate and perfume. The vast Deutsches Museum in Munich is one of the largest science museums in the world. Throughout Germany, vacation rentals deliver the country’s celebrated culture straight to your doorstep.


A fresh look at Germany’s natural attractions

Germans love to get out and about in the fresh air, and there are plenty of opportunities for visitors to follow quite literally in their footsteps. A walk in the Black Forest or a hike through the Rhine Valley showcases some of the country’s most iconic scenery, while the dramatic glaciers of the Zugspitze and the untamed dunescapes of the North Sea coast offer contrasting vistas. Picnics in protected nature reserves, bike rides through city parks, and riverbank rambles are just a few of the family-friendly ways to see Germany’s abundant natural attractions through local eyes.


Germany—a country for all seasons

Germany’s climate follows the typical northern European pattern of cold winters and warm summers interspersed with seasonal showers. The wide expanses of sand along the North Sea coast are protected by low dunes and warmed by the Gulf Stream, while the high peaks of the southern Alps are snow-covered for most of the year. Typical vacation rentals in Germany account for changeable conditions with efficient climate-control systems that keep homes cozy in winter and cool in summer. Spring and fall are good times to visit the most popular cities, away from the busiest crowds and the chilliest frosts.

Natural features

Berlin—home of Germany’s oldest zoo

Berlin Zoo is the oldest in Germany. Since 1844, it has been a popular visitor attraction, as well as a pioneering center of research. The open-air parkland recreates the natural habitats of its various inhabitants, while the bird house is designed as a walk-through aviary. The striking Art Deco aquarium, dating from 1913, houses a fascinating collection of reptiles, amphibians, and other aquatic creatures. The zoo is situated in the beautiful Tiergarten, Berlin’s leafy inner city park. When it comes to walks on the wild side in Germany, vacation rentals in central Berlin provide the best of both worlds.

Where to stay around Germany?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 100,251 vacation rentals near Germany. From 17,765 Houses to 1,641 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Germany for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Germany?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Germany. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Munich: 331 vacation rentals
  • Berlin: 771 vacation rentals
  • HH: 635 vacation rentals
  • Frankfurt: 228 vacation rentals
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen: 783 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Germany! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Germany?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Germany:

  • Munich: 331 rentals
  • Berlin: 771 rentals
  • HH: 635 rentals
  • Frankfurt: 228 rentals
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen: 783 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Germany?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Germany are:

  • Ramstein-Miesenbach (RMS-Ramstein Air Base): 126 vacation rentals
  • Heidelberg (HDB): 500 vacation rentals
  • Frankfurt Main Airport (FRA): 307 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Germany?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Germany. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Munich Central Station: 291 rentals
  • Marienplatz: 159 rentals
  • Theresienwiese: 292 rentals
  • Neuschwanstein Castle: 198 rentals
  • Museum Frieder Burda: 607 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Germany listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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