Christmas somewhere else: special accommodations for the most beautiful time of the year

Every year: baking cookies, getting presents, putting up Christmas decorations, planning family visits and, and, and. For some, it's the most wonderful time of the year - for others, it's pure stress. Those who want to escape all the hustle and bustle at Christmas once again and recharge their batteries for the final spurt are guaranteed to get their money's worth during a short vacation in nature. 

Where it is particularly beautiful for this, show our overnight tips for a hyggeliges micro adventure in the (pre) Christmas season: 

The Hearts Hotel: Northern Germany's highest lifestyle hotel in the Harz Mountains 

The low mountain range Harz promises not only a high snowfall guarantee in December, but also holds with the The Hearts Hotel in Braunlage a special accommodation tip for design lovers. In addition to a great location directly at the Harz National Park and at an altitude of 622 meters, the resort convinces with a lot of wellness, culinary highlights as well as a stylish feel-good ambience. In the immediate vicinity of the hotel is the Wurmberg, Lower Saxony's highest ski area. Winter sports enthusiasts can expect a large network of alpine ski slopes, toboggan runs, cross-country ski trails and winter hiking trails. After enjoying the snow, guests at The Hearts Hotel can warm up with a Harz mountain pine infusion in the Finnish sauna or enjoy the snow-covered view of the valley from the two outdoor barrel saunas. For even more feel-good moments, there are rooms and suites, some with their own free-standing bathtub as well as infrared saunas. A fireplace in the lobby, wooden beams as well as cozy vintage furniture provide an individual lodge style and in the dark season the complete outdoor area shines with the help of fairy lights and candles. Things get especially tasty in the LEO'S restaurant, which serves menus made mainly from regional and seasonal products Tuesday through Saturday evenings. Great: From Nov. 24 to Jan. 7, the hotel's own winter market takes place with sales booths as well as surprise visits from Santa Claus. For other events, such as making Advent wreaths with designer Tatjana Westphal, sausages and punch around the campfire, and winter hikes with a national park ranger, it's worth taking a look at the digital calendar. 

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Now it becomes comfortable! For all those who fancy an adventure in nature, but prefer to give winter camping a wide berth, the outdoor platform has been offering not only tent and camping pitches in isolated locations, but also nature-oriented accommodation since last year. Whether minimalist Tiny House, comfortable Chalet with Sauna, lonely forest hut, comfortable Glamping tent or rustikales tree house: On outdoor Enthusiasten find already scarcely 230 completely special retreats far away from the masses - tendency rising. For example, directly on the edge of the Westerwald, not far from Cologne and Frankfurt, the Cabin Westerwald awaits architecture lovers and peace seekers. Great to switch off: A private sauna can be booked together with bathrobes and Aufguss in addition. Between Hamburg and Berlin invites on the other hand in the Elbtauaue with host Jan a Iglu Tiny House to the Entspannen far away from the Trubels. On almost two hectares of land, guests will find numerous fireplaces there as well as an igloo sauna and a hot tub for the extra portion of wellness. In neighboring Austria, vacationers in the chalet built on stilts - in the middle of nature and in a secluded location - have a spectacular view of the typical Mostviertel cultural landscape thanks to a large panoramic window. Especially in the snowy winter an absolute highlight! 

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Nutchel: Advent in Alsace and the Ardennes 

When it gets frosty cold and uncomfortable outside, there's nothing better than a crackling fire in the fireplace. That's what the founders of the young tourism company Nutchel thought, too, and equipped each of their cosy cabins with its own wood-burning stove. The name is program here, because it becomes particularly cosy also owing to mad nature materials, oil lamps and candle light as source of light, partly own Hot Tubs on the terrace, campfire places as well as community saunas. At Christmastime, each cabin is equipped with a festively decorated Christmas tree, and fairy lights illuminate the entire area after dark. The very cozy Tiny Houses are to be found in the French Alsace as well as in the Belgian Ardennes, where in so-called Forest Villages a well-being oasis in the midst of nature was created. Real Christmas fans get their money's worth especially in Alsace. By the end of November, the entire region has already been transformed into a veritable Christmas wonderland, and the medieval half-timbered houses are festively decorated. The Christmas markets in the picturesque towns of Colmar, Obernai and Kaysersberg are among the absolute highlights.  

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Vacanze col cuore: Christmas glamping in Italy 

When you think of a vacation in Italy, you probably don't think of white landscapes at first, although the mountains of the hinterland promise a fairly high snowfall guarantee. This is also the case at the Orlando glamping resort in Chianti, just an hour's drive south of Florence and set amid Tuscan forests and vineyards. The resort has opened for a winter glamping experience of a special kind especially on the December weekends. The resort is completely redecorated for the Christmas season, and in addition to cozy furs and Christmas ornaments, the entire resort shines in a sea of fairy lights. Visitors can also really get into the spirit thanks to a small Christmas market with mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, and many activities await the youngest visitors, such as writing Christmas letters or working in the handicraft workshop. Guests can indulge in culinary delights at the Bistrot del Chianti restaurant, which serves delicious dishes made from local ingredients. A special highlight is the Nordic-style spa area with Finnish sauna, hot tubs, a whirlpool in an illuminated igloo, and a massage tent. The heated glamping accommodations also leave nothing to be desired. Absolute eye-catchers are the original Airstream and the yellow school bus converted into a cozy apartment. Great: The bath in the own wood-fired Hot Tub directly on the terrace makes surrounded by snow equal doubly fun and is unbeatable as photo motive for the dearest ones at home. Another winter glamping resort - Lago Idro - with an extensive wellness program is located directly on the shores of Lake Idro.  

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