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.
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.
- Rooms start at 112 euros a night
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.
- Prices start at 119 euro per person
- Open December to April
For more traditional accommodations in this ski paradise, check out Hotel Zugspitze.
Childhood dreams come true in this family-friendly tree house hotel. Located in a National Park close to Görlitz in eastern Germany, visitors can choose between 8 unique tree houses which float 30 feet high in the treetops. Every tree house is individually designed, and kids will love the irregularly shaped windows, colorful wall paintings, rustic furniture, and the trolls and tree fairies that help tell the story of this fun hotel. Each suite is 39 sqm (420 sq ft) and a generous patio and fits up to 4 people.
- 218 - 318 euros per night
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.
- Single cells start at 49 euros; Double cells start at 69 Euros (TV and breakfast buffet included)
This 70-year old lighthouse in Usedom, 2 hours north of Berlin, has been transformed into a romantic getaway. Fitted for just two guests at a time, the mini-hotel is spread over three levels of light and airy rooms. Ceilings are an impressive 24 feet high and the contemporary design has everything round: from the wooden jacuzzi to the white bed to the balcony that encircles the upper level of the lighthouse.
- Lighthouse for 2 people starts at 290 euros a night (includes full breakfast and mini bar filled with sekt (champagne), wine, and soft drinks)