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Five places for city trips in Germany

Fancy a change of scenery in the form of a spontaneous city trip? Today we would like to introduce you to five places that are wonderfully suited for this. All of the places presented are in Germany, so they can be reached in an environmentally friendly way by bus or train. So what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite travel partner and bag and off to one of these five places:


1. Green Phoenica, Lübeck, Germany

As early as 1987, the old town of Lübeck was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and not without reason: the medieval city center of the Hanseatic city has an architectural heritage of worldwide importance. How nice that the holiday apartments in the house "Green Phoenica" in the middle of the old town.

Here the hosts, Anni Hauberg-Lahoud and her husband Dany, invite the guests to try a sustainable, packaging-free lifestyle. The two convey the whole topic so sympathetically that it does not seem instructive. Rather, they show how simple, uncomplicated and stylish a sustainable way of life can look.

Thanks to the Lebanese organic brunch, you are well fortified for a stroll through town

There are numerous long-life staple foods in the holiday apartments, all of which come from the bulk store in Lübeck. So you can wonderfully take care of yourself. If you don't feel like doing it in the morning, let the hosts know (with a little advance notice for shopping). Then Dany, who originally comes from Lebanon, likes to prepare a Middle Eastern organic brunch for the guests. Everything from hummus to bread is homemade.

Well strengthened, you can go on a stroll through the old town. If you want, you can use the bicycles that are available free of charge. The area also offers beautiful excursions to the Baltic Sea, the Wakenitz River or the Elbe-Lübeck Canal.

One way-free - the kitchen of the apartment
Glance into the breakfast basket

Holiday apartment from 80 euros per night.

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2. Renthof Kassel, Kassel, Germany

The Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013 and is therefore worth a visit. A visit to the third largest city in Hesse is also worthwhile in other ways: be it a bike tour along the Fulda, a visit to the orangery and the Karlsaue state park or one of the city's numerous well-known museums. You can find wonderful accommodation in the Renthof Kassel, which describes itself as a "house with a lot of heart".

Here the focus is on the individual person and as a guest you can experience first-hand what Hessian hospitality is all about - for example in the in-house restaurant with an adjoining bar. Surrounded by centuries-old walls with a fireplace, the kitchen and bar team are happy to give recommendations from the region menu and large selection of wines.

Embark on a stylistic journey through time

The boutique hotel is located in a former Carmelite monastery from the 13th century, which was decisively shaped by Kassel's city history. In a total of 55 rooms, guests can embark on a stylistic journey through time: from colors and elements of the 60s to an English style and the time of origin in the 18th century - the rooms could not be more different.

The boutique hotel is located in a historic building

Single rooms from 99 euros per night. Double rooms from 129 euros per night. Suite from 179 euros per night.

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3. Villa Anna, Speyer, Germany

In bed & breakfast "Villa Anna" the owner Heike Frank has fulfilled a long-cherished dream: "Having the world as a guest in my house". Since then, she has provided a warm welcome and loves to bring guests closer to the city of Speyer and the Palatinate region.

The beautiful city center can be reached on foot within ten minutes from Villa Anna. The more than 2000 year old city with its cathedral is not only worthwhile for those interested in history and culture. A walk through the alleys of the old town “Hasenpfuhl” is also nice. Here you can linger in one of the restaurants or cafés.

A sea of ​​vines, surrounded by fruit and almond trees

We also recommend a trip to the Palatinate Forest, 25 kilometers away, Germany's largest contiguous forest area. The Wine Route is also located here, with a sea of ​​vines surrounded by fruit and almond trees. Embedded in it are numerous villages that reflect the wine culture of the region.

In the evening you can get together in the cozy kitchen-living room of Villa Anna. Here you can end the day with a good glass of wine and look forward to the next day. As befits a B&B, it starts with an extensive breakfast consisting of seasonal and regional foods in organic quality.

You quickly feel at home here

Double room from 85 per night.

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4. Old School Hotel, Lindau, Germany

The  Hotel old school is located on the Lindau island and immediately provides guests with the typical island holiday to slow down. Because from here a wonderful view of the Austrian and Swiss alpine landscape opens up.

The two owners Gabriele and Marc Hübler have fulfilled a dream with their hotel. A few years ago they bought the 600-year-old building in the middle of the old town, which used to function as a school for wealthy patrician daughters. Where the luxury-used girls from back then were allowed to perfect their education, guests have had a good time since 2016.

Formerly a school for wealthy patrician daughters

Today you are spoiled for choice between three different themed rooms (lake, flowers, mountain), all of which are thematically detailed and colorfully furnished.

The location of the hotel is an ideal starting point to explore the numerous attractions in the area. The region of Lake Constance is not only known for the enchanting landscapes, the lake and the Alps, but also for the diverse cultural and entertainment offerings.

Since 2016, guests can enjoy themselves here
The building used to function as a school for wealthy patrician daughters

Single rooms from 79 euros per night, double rooms from 124 euros per night, suites from 184 euros per night.

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5. Grandhotel Cosmopolis, Augsburg, Germany

In the middle of the old town of Augsburg, not far from the Domviertel, artists have created a very special hotel. It was once a retirement home Grand Hotel Cosmopolis Today a hotel with a restaurant and at the same time state accommodation for a total of 65 refugees. There is also plenty of room for art.

From here you have a beautiful view of Augsburg's old town and the cathedral district. The Fuggerei can be reached on foot. For those who want to go out into nature, the local recreation area Siebentisch Wald and Lechauen are recommended. After a long walk, you can relax back at the hotel with a massage, Nada acupuncture or yoga class.

Plays, concerts and readings take place almost every day

The diverse events that the Grandhotel Cosmopolis offers are also worthwhile. Plays, concerts, readings and gastronomic events take place regularly. So it doesn't get boring so quickly here. The guests are also invited to take part in the common meal (Monday to Friday).

The cooking is exclusively vegetarian / vegan. The ingredients come from organic farming and we pay attention to seasonality. In addition, attention is paid to social sustainability, because everyone pays as much as they can.


Single rooms from 80 euros per night. Double rooms from 120 euros per night.

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Lisa helped set up the Good Travel Blog and will write for us as a freelance author in the future. She is passionate about traveling and dancing around the world with a small ecological footprint.


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