The Best Airbnb Cottages and Holiday Rentals in the Black Forest, Germany

Chocolate-box towns with half-timbered houses; rolling green hills, fabulous spas and a galaxy of Michelin-starred restaurants. Whether you’re after the great outdoors or a spot of pampering, the Black Forest in Germany delivers. With so much to see and do, flexibility is key and that’s where an airbnb-style holiday cottage comes in. You’ll have the freedom to cater for yourself and come and go as you please. Here’s our pick of the best Black Forest bases, bookable on Culture Trip.

A homely pick for outdoor types

Cosy Apartment With Terrace
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One of the deepest and largest vales, Murg Valley is a hiker’s and biker’s paradise with trails through dense forest and along the meandering river. This cosy one-bedroom apartment, sleeping two, offers a garden, barbecue, terrace and deckchairs. It’s a natural pick for summer, though skiers visiting in winter won’t be disappointed either as the nearest lift to the slopes is just 2km away.

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A modern city pad for couples

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These one-bedroom apartments, sleeping two, offer the best of both worlds. Set in Freiburg, with its medieval old town and lively food market, you can mix your days in the Black Forest countryside with dining at urban restaurants or visiting galleries and museums. Whitewashed and dressed in modern furnishings, the compact pads – some with balconies – provide a contemporary contrast to the region’s more traditional stays.

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An explorer’s pad

Boardinghotel Heidelberg
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On the outskirts of picturesque Heidelberg, these studio apartments, sleeping two or three, are a short drive from the city’s main sights – including the 14th-century Heidelberg university and grand, postcard-gracing Church of the Holy Spirit. With views over rooftops to green hills, you’re not far from the countryside either. Spas, Michelin-starred restaurants and outdoor activities can easily be visited. Don’t fancy putting the kitchen to use? Restaurants are nearby, too.

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A family-friendly option with pool

Beautiful Apartment in Schiltach
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With so much to do, the Black Forest is a great choice for families and this two-bedroom apartment, sleeping four, ticks the boxes when it comes to kid-friendly amenities. Located in Schiltach, in the eastern Black Forest, a heated pool, games room and DVD player come as part of the package, as does a barbecue so you can enjoy an alfresco dinner on a covered bloom-cloaked terrace. Blonde wood-lined bedrooms give the stay a rustic, cabin-like feel.

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A homely stay near nature

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With all the comforts of home, from full kitchen and spacious dining area to modern, plant-lined lounge and terrace, this one-bedroom apartment near Karlsruhe city, sleeps four and has everything you need to settle in for a week or more. Enjoy a traditional German breakfast of bread, meats and cheeses, then head out to explore baroque Ettlingen Palace, around 10 minutes’ drive away, or the local Erlachsee nature reserve, filled with birdlife.

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An apartment with terrace sleeping six

Upscale Apartment in Rietheim
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Larger families, look no further. This apartment in Rietheim sleeps six across three bedrooms and is just the ticket for your brood. The look is cosy, with a wood stove in the living cum dining room and lots of warm hues throughout. Thanks to a private terrace with barbecue, it’s just as great for summer stays as it is for winter. Cots and high chairs are provided on request and the supermarket is a convenient 2km (1.2mi) away.

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  • A skier’s pad with views

    Cosy Apartment With Private Terrace
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    A ski hotspot in winter and a hiking and mountain-biking escape in summer, Todtnauberg draws outdoors enthusiasts throughout the year. This one-bedroom apartment, sleeping two, lets you get stuck into it all. From your terrace, views extend out to green hills, lined with bushy pines, so you can enjoy them over a morning coffee or evening barbecue. There’s on-site parking if you bring your own car although public transport is only 1km (.6mi) away.

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    A party pad for 10 people

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    Luxus Landhaus Baiersbronn
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    Big groups visiting the area, look no further – this place in Baiersbronn, sleeps 10 people in four bedrooms and comes with a private indoor pool, fitness centre and sauna. A generous terrace and lawns, comfy lounge with fireplace and airy open-plan vibe lets you spend precious hours together catching up over locally-brewed beers or home-cooked feasts. Black Forest National Park is only a seven-minute drive away when you’re ready to head out and explore.

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    A bungalow with views in Schwarzwald

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    Enjoy the nature of the Nagold Valley, with the river only a two-minute walk away. If even that is too much effort, simply enjoy the view from the bungalow’s south-facing balcony. Amenities include a terrace for breakfast, a hammock for lazy afternoons and a small pool for cooling off after some intense forest exploration.

    A kitted-out cabin in the heart of the forest

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    This adorable little cottage in Steinach is located in the middle of the Black Forest between Offenburg and Freiburg. Thoughtfully laid out with a massive bed, a good-sized kitchen, living room corner and firepit, this cabin is a little slice of German holiday heaven.

    Evelyn Smallwood contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on April 23, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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