Last Updated on September 18, 2023

Known as Germany’s fairytale state, Bavaria is far more than the sum of its resplendent castles and magnificent mountains, though they are unbelievably impressive.

When my family lived in Italy in the mid-to-late 1990s, we made several trips to Germany, and Bavaria, we must proclaim, was one of our favorite regions. What’s not to love about an area with stunning natural landscapes, rich cultural heritage, charming towns and cities, and warm hospitality?

Add in its culinary delights and beer, and you have the recipe for one of the most memorable trips ever.

Here are Bavarian Cottage rentals that will make you feel as though you’ve entered a German fairytale straight out of the pages of a children’s book. We were also stunned at the bang-for-your-buck value they bring!

Studio with Balcony, Partenkirchen

Bavaria studio rental with balcony in the heart of Partenkirchen.
Bavaria studio rental with balcony in the heart of Partenkirchen. Photo courtesy of VRBO

Located in charming Garmisch-Partenkirchen, this studio is in the city center, walking distance to everything in town. Werdenfels Castle Ruins and Ettal Abbey are some of the area’s popular nearby attractions.

The one-bedroom, one-bath with a kitchenette also features a balcony, which you’ll definitely enjoy with its beautiful views overlooking a lovely landscaped garden.

Ferienhaus Heimhof, Garmisch- Partenkirchen

This amazingly picturesque rural property includes ski-in/ski-out access along with a stunning garden.

The tastefully-decorated German two-bedroom, one bath apartment also features a kitchenette and balcony with stunning mountain views. Guests will love the proximity to the Kramerplateauweg Hiking Trail and Richard Strauss Platz, reflective of the area’s natural beauty, and area attractions which include Alpspitz and Geigenbaumuseum.

Natural Beauty in Bad Endorf

This beautifully planned, cozy, one-bedroom, one-bath apartment in the rural outskirts near Simssee and Lake Chiemsee reflects the area’s natural beauty and local interests including Bellandris Garten-Center Rosenheim and Marquartstein Fairy Tale Adventure Park.

Other area adventures include game walks and birdwatching, along with relaxing in the great outdoors surrounded by bucolic grounds.

Stunning Mountain Views in Grainau

You just can’t beat this location!

Located in Grainau, this mountain condo boasts uninterrupted views of the Alpspitz and Waxensteinge. Werdenfels Castle Ruins and Ettal Abbey, along with some of the area’s other must-see attractions including Geigenbaumuseum are all close-by.

The Bushaltestelle And trail is only 100 meters away and guests can take to the slopes for cross-country and downhill skiing, or check out other outdoor winter activities such as ice skating and sledding.

Brauneck Ski Area Views in Wackersburg

Brauneck Ski Area Views in Wackersburg.
Brauneck Ski Area Views in Wackersburg. Photo courtesy of VRBO

If you’re into winter sports, this one-bedroom apartment in the mountains is ideal. And to boot, the charming venue can sleep four, with a king bed and sleeper sofa, perfect for a small family.

Bad Toelz Puppet Theatre and Bad Toelz History Museum are cultural highlights, and you’ll find downhill sports at Brauneck-Wegscheidl Ski and Hochseilgarten IsarWinkel.

Traveling with kids? Kletterwald Blomberg and Bergtal Knottenried are perfect choices, with skiing, ice skating and sledding.

Holiday Between Nature and Culture, Ohrenbach

Property grounds of Holiday, Orhenbach in Bavaria.
Property grounds of Holiday, Orhenbach in Bavaria. Photo courtesy of VRBO

We just can’t get over the cuteness of this property situated in a rural area near Franconian Heights Nature Park and Steigerwald Nature Park. Water adventures abound with nearby fishing and swimming, along with plenty of hiking/biking trails for outdoor enthusiasts.

Two bedrooms can sleep up to four guests with a king bed and two twins, and you’ll absolutely love the property grounds including the surrounding vineyards.

Castle Views in Schwangau

It doesn’t get any better than this. How about staying in a charming apartment in a Bavarian cottage on a lake with all the modern amenities and views of Neuschwanstein Castle to boot?

A one-bedroom, one-bath also features a full kitchen and rooms opening up to patios complete with tables and loungers.

Königliche Kristall-Therme Schwangau and Tegelberg Tram are worth checking out if an activity is on your travel agenda, while those wishing to experience the area’s natural beauty can explore Forggensee and Lech. Alpenbad Pfronten and Alpen Therme Ehrenberg are also worthy of a visit.

Wendelsteinblick Lakes & Mountains, Glonn

Kitchen of Wendelsteinblick property in Glonn.
Kitchen of Wendelsteinblick property in Glonn. Photo courtesy of VRBO

This quintessential alpine gem is divided into two apartments, each with two bedrooms with private kitchens, located on a rural lake region in Upper Bavaria (near Munich) with gorgeous village and mountain views.

Isar Tor and Hofbräuhaus are local landmarks, and the area’s natural beauty can be seen at Wildpark Poing and Olympic Park. Traveling with kids? Consider Deutsches Museum, or check out an event or a game at Allianz Arena. The area’s slopes are popular for cross-country and downhill skiing, along with sledding and ice skating.

Oberhaid at the Gates of Bamberg  

Oberhaid is located in a rural area in the heart of Bavaria’s Franconia, one of Germany’s most picturesque, cream of the crop regions. A stay at this two-bedroom, one-bath destination will set the stage for an unforgettable vacation.

St. Otto Church and Bamberg Cathedral are local landmarks, and the area’s natural beauty can be seen at Hassberge Nature Park and Steigerwald Nature Park. The UNESCO Heritage Site, Bamberg is less than a 20-minute drive, a must visit, as it’s one of Germany’s most beautiful towns, with medieval streets and buildings dating back to the 9th century.

Wherever you choose to stay on your next trip to Germany, make it a point to stay in a place that reflects the authentic culture of the region.

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