From the serene North Sea to the fun Baltic Coast to bustling Berlin to the tip of the Alps, Germany is home to a particularly diverse range of terrain. A boutique hotel places you in the heart of whichever landscape is most interesting to you, while offering you top of the line amenities and a chic style that reflects the region you’re in. Whether soaking up the sun beachside or cooling down after a long day in Germany’s metropolises, surrounded by sleek comfort is the only way to stay.
Where to spend the night in a boutique hotel in Germany? Germany’s regions at a glance:
Berlin: Exciting extremes & divided history
Berlin, a city known for its vibrant nightlife, drastic extremes, and loaded history, is a place that should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. Walking through the busy streets of Berlin, you’re bound to notice discrepancies between east & west and old & new. Beyond that, if you look a little harder, you can see the way the city has mended these lines, filled the gaps, and flourished in its newness as Germany’s capital — all the while paying dues to the history that has led it to this place. A typical day in one of the world’s coolest cities begins with a visit to the breathtaking Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park, followed by a stroll down Berlin’s luxury shopping street, Ku’damm, a visit to one of the plethora fascinating history and art museums, and ends with the sunrise the next day — over a Pils at a trendy underground bar. In a boutique hotel in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods, it’s easy to spend an afternoon just taking in the views from the window: With medieval gates in the foreground and modern high-rises in the back, brutalist communist-era architecture and ruins of WWII, you’ll find yourself consumed by the ever-present ghosts of Berlin’s divided past. Set up with interior design almost as cool as the city itself, indulge in Currywurst over the Spree or Tiergarten from the balcony and allow yourself to ruminate on this city of revival. For a getaway from your getaway, hop on the S-Bahn and in less than an hour, you’ll be met with the charming and palace-filled city of Potsdam.
Baltic Sea: Family vacation & water sports
On a boutique hotel looking out into the Baltic Sea, you’ll be taken by unmatched beachside bliss. While the day away in your personal Strandkorb, or ‘hooded beach chair’, or on your sun-stained balcony, jutting off over sandy beaches. The Baltic Sea offers a wide variety of first-rate water sporting, for newbies and for pros — including sailing lessons, waterskiing, surfing, and rafting. The coast itself made up of a wonderfully diverse and always satisfying shoreline: You won’t have to choose between sandy & rocky beaches, quaint maritime cities & uncrowded boardwalks that stretch far off the beach. For this dream vacation, you won’t want anything to get in your way – that’s why waking up well rested in a boutique hotel is the perfect way to begin a day on Germany’s northeastern coast. Chill in the hotel lobby, lined with cool modern art, enjoy a delicious Schnitzel on the terrace, or dip your toes in the Baltic, just steps away. In the region that encompasses the Baltic Coast, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, find charming fishing villages, grand castles and cathedrals, and medieval towns, like Rostock and Stralsund, which span back to the 13th century.
Bavaria: Castles, the Alps & Munich
Bavaria, located in the south of Germany and sharing borders with the Czech Republic and Austria, is a wonderland for nature lovers, hiking & skiing enthusiasts, and admirers of metropolitan sophistication within natural paradises. Home to the one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, the Neuschwanstein Castle, or “The Fairytale Castle”, is known by many to have inspired Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom. This castle sits stately on a rugged hill in southwest Bavaria and promises to take your breath away, built in honor of Richard Wagner, of whom King Ludwig was quite fond. If you’re interested in climbing higher still, put your skiing and hiking skills to the test on the highest and most extensive mountain range in Europe, the Alps. When you finally come down, settle in to a waterside boutique hotel on Tegernsee or Lake Ammer, and enjoy being tucked between the mountains, planted in serenity at the edge of crystal clear water. In Munich, find Lederhosen, beer gardens galore, contemporary art, and fine dining and shopping opportunities. Perhaps most famous for its hosting October Fest every year, Munich is much more than one-liter beer glasses – all the other 300-ish days filled with contemporary coolness and historical class. Boutique hotels in Bavaria’s capital offer amazing service in immaculate interiors, balconies or rooftop terraces with unparalleled views of the old German skyline, and some even with private gardens perfect for sipping pilsner all afternoon.
North Sea: Sprawling waterscapes & fun in Hamburg
The North Sea, or sometimes the German Ocean (for particularly proud Germans), is situated at the northwestern border of the country, connecting Germany with the UK and to the Atlantic by way of the English Channel. With a long history of shipping, fishery, energy production, and an extensive list of cool natural artifacts and geographical features, the North Sea offers a unique seaside experience. Once a significant location for Vikings and later for those involved in geopolitical and military affairs, is now a favored vacation spots for admirers of long sandy beaches and idyllic sunsets over rugged cliffs. At a boutique hotel right on the coast of the North Sea, tucked in a little in the charming city of Bremen or Oldenburg, or in the heart of Hamburg, enjoy classic luxury while soaking up the awesome aquatic views, stretching for miles in every direction. If you crave more water and less land, try the beachy island of Sylt, which sits just off the southwestern coast of Denmark. Hamburg, one of Germany’s major port cities, is connected to the North Sea by way of the splendid Elbe River, which cuts through the bustling city with its many tributaries and ports. A city renowned for its old German beauty, lush and relaxing parks, and spire-filled skyline, Hamburg is the perfect destination city for business or leisure. In a boutique hotel, curl up after a long day in beautiful lobbies equipped with modern furnishings and hip bartenders.
Rheinland-Palatinate: Magical landscapes & historical cities
Rheinland-Palatinate is situated in the southwestern region of Germany, bordering France, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Close to half of the land being forests, cut through by the rushing Rhine River, and home to several crater lakes of volcanic origin, Rheinland-Palatinate is perfect for a getaway in nature. For a piece of history particular to this region, check out the Gutenberg Museum, which offers information on the invention of the printing press. Many boutique hotels in this region include in-house spa treatments, romantic dining options, and always, charming luxury and classy design concepts. For a quiet stay among the beauty and history of rural Germany, the Rheinland-Palatinate is the perfect choice for you — filled with awesome castles on craggy hilltops, wide rivers rushing through much of the land and Germany’s colorful wine country. The Rhine Gorge, a fascinating river-scape in the Middle Rhine, was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002 for its unique place in history, geography, culture, and industry. A must-see in this region, the area is lined with castles from the Holy Roman Empire, which have been mostly ruined along the banks after the Thirty Years’ War. For those craving a little city in their country, the Rhineland is also home to some of Germany’s major cities: beautiful Cologne and cool-modern Düsseldorf.