Germany is sweating! No wonder: The summer temperatures are rising and the search for refreshing places to escape the heat is picking up speed. Leaving the warm four walls for a short trip at the weekend or cooling off on a summer vacation?
Whether camping by a lake throughout Germany, glamping in the forest in the Ardennes and Alsace, or a hotel stay right next to the Harz National Park: Our tips for particularly cool places to stay in the middle of the countryside - close, sustainable, close to nature - show where it's wonderful to stay even on hot days:
Shade guarantee and ultimate summer freshness at Nutchel
Escape the heat and stay cool this summer? In the renaturalized forest areas of Nutchel in the French Alsace and the Belgian Ardennes, so-called Forest Villages invite you to an especially cool microadventure with family and friends - shade guarantee included. Temperatures in the city can be unbearable in the summer months. With the cooling effect of nature, in the shade of the forest, Nutchel is the perfect place to escape the heat. Sleep in Cosy Cabins for two, four or six people. Each Tiny House blends seamlessly into its surroundings with a simple but very high-quality aesthetic made of natural materials. Some of them have their own hot tub on the terrace, which can of course be used cold in the summer. There is also a refreshing pool waiting for guests at Forest Village in Alsace.
For more information on Nutchel, Cabin fans can visit www.nutchel.be/de.
Stay cool: Backcountry waterfront camps
Out into the countryside and into the cold water: jumping directly into the lake from your pitch, taking a swim, setting off on a canoe trip from your own jetty, paddling off with your SUP or simply enjoying the first coffee of the day by the water - sounds good? On the outdoor platform www.hinterland.camp numerous refreshing tent and camping sites as well as accommodations on lakes and rivers, on islands and near the beach are waiting for outdoor enthusiasts. Here refreshing Abkühlungen lie straight before the Camper door. A private lake awaits in the first row in East Frisia with hostess Vanessa. Those who want a little more comfort can also rent a small cottage here. Especially great: so that everyone really has their peace and quiet, either only the house or the pitch is rented out - unless both overnight accommodation options are combined. Refreshments also await further south: Whether camping directly on the banks of the former border river Werra or enjoying a break from stressful everyday life with hostess Jana - directly on the little stream in the Franconian Forest Nature Park between fruit trees, which, depending on the season, may also be nibbled.
Outdoor enthusiasts can find more information at www.hinterland.camp.
Hearts Hotel: lifestyle hotel with direct access to the Harz National Park
Even though North Germany's highest mountain range is an experience at any time of year, the Harz Mountains make the pulse of nature lovers beat faster, especially in summer with its blooming mountain meadows, deep swimming lakes and fresh forest air. With direct access to the national park, The Hearts Hotel in Braunlage is not only an ideal starting point for excursions into nature, but also an absolute Harz highlight itself. Because: Guests will find everything their hearts desire in the lifestyle resort located at 622 meters. Overnight here in a total of 65 stylishly as well as individually furnished rooms and theme suites with selected vintage furniture as well as on eight Bulli places. Several lakes, ponds, outdoor pools and dams in the vicinity provide the necessary portion of cooling in summer: For example, the Silberteich, the Oderstausee or the Blaue See near Rübeland offer swimming fun for young and old. If you need some exercise on hot summer days and don't just want to relax, you can rent boards at the SUP Spot Harz and start paddling.
More information about the Hearts Hotel in Braunlage can be found at www.theheartshotel.com.