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Vacation Rentals in Germany

Apartment house in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

ABOVE: If you can't find a rental with a balcony, you can always improvise. (This photo was taken in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany's gateway to the Black Forest.)

If you're traveling with a family, planning to stay more than a few days, or just hoping to save money while living like a local, a vacation rental can be a convenient alternative to a hotel.

We often stay in furnished holiday rentals ourselves when we're traveling around Europe. We can recommend two sources of vacation rentals, both of which are our affiliate partners:

  • Airbnb: Germany our partner
    The world's largest vacation-rental platform has properties throughout Germany, with an emphasis on privately-owned apartments, rooms, cottages, and the occasional "tiny house" or houseboat. To view listings for a specific city or area, zoom in on the Airbnb map or type a name in the space that reads "Selected map area."

  • Booking.com: Apartments our partner
    Europe's no. 1 secure booking site is best-known for representing hotels, but it also lists thousands of vacation rentals. To view listings with photos and reviews by paying guests, enter your desired location in the search box on the Booking.com "Apartments" page.

Tips:

  • When comparing Airbnb and Booking.com rates, be sure to compare the total costs including any service or cleaning fees.

  • For longer stays, Airbnb is your best option. (Some Airbnb properties offer big discounts for visits of a month or more.)

  • In many locations (especially larger cities), Booking.com represents apartment hotels, condo hotels, and serviced apartments for guests who'd rather let someone else do the housekeeping or make breakfast.