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Some hotels are more than just a comfortable room and continental breakfast. On the water, in a tree, under the stars, or on top of the country's highest peak - these German hotels offer a truly unique hotel experience that you'll love to tell your friends about.
These hotels cater to everyone from romantics to budget travelers to families with kids. Find the coolest hotel in Germany perfect for you.
Castle Hotel Colmberg
Germany is the land of castles, and there are many medieval fortresses and elegant palaces where you can spend the night. Castle Hotel Colmberg, located in Bavaria, is thousands of years old and features ancient stone towers, fortified walls, overgrown royal stables, and a deer reserve. Ask for one of the historic rooms, which offer romantic four-poster beds, centuries-old paintings, antique furniture, and wooden ceilings.
Zugspitze Igloo Village
On top of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak, adventurous travelers can bundle up in an ice hotel that offers breathtaking views of Germany, Switzerland, and Italy.
You can share the igloos of snow, ice, and sheepskin with other travelers or cuddle up in a romantic suite which comes with a private bathroom and a sleeping bag for two. Temperatures are freezing, but the welcome drink, cheese fondue, and snowshoe hikes will warm your heart.
- Open December to April
For more traditional accommodations in this ski paradise, check out Hotel Zugspitze.
Eastern Comfort Hostel Boat
This boat turned hostel on the river Spree in Berlin gently rocks you to sleep. Moored between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, the Eastern Comfort Hostel has 25 cabins on three decks.
Stay in a 2nd class dorm, or opt for a private room 1st class. The three terraces of the hostel boat offer great views of the river, the East Side Gallery, and the turreted Oberbaum-Bridge nearby.
Although the rooms are quite small, the unique atmosphere provides value. Its location next to some of the best nightlife spots in Berlin and reputation as a party boat make it a destination for young travelers.
- A spot in a tent on the deck starts at 15 euros with rooms starting as 44 euros a night
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Turn yourself in and spend the night in a former prison. Located in Kaiserslautern, in the southwest of Germany, Hotel Alcatraz offers original prison cells. They are spartanly furnished with bed, table, chair, and black and white striped curtains. Of course, there are also bars on the windows and a spy hole in the door.
If that sounds too rough for you, opt for a suite where you can lounge on a sofa in front of a flat-screen TV and enjoy the use of a private bathroom. You can leave this prison hotel any time you like to take a walk in the neighboring Japanese Garden.