Unwind, relax, slip into a new rhythm. You can do all this at any time of year when you embark on a farm holiday. We present six unusual farms: from a treehouse and an organic goat farm to a sauna with a mountain view
Goats and the Zugspitze: Goassalm Bernbeuren
This organic goat farm is situated in the westernmost community of Upper Bavaria, in Bernbeuren. Between the Auerberg, around one thousand metres high, and Lake Forggensee. In one of Bavaria’s loveliest holiday regions, the Pfaffenwinkel, with its diverse pre-Alpine scenery. The Mayr family farm stands alone on green meadows and offers wonderful views of the Alps, including the Zugspitze. The smallholding is run on organic principles.
The Mayrs milk their 160 goats twice a day, morning and evening. A special highlight: when the kids are born, the farm literally comes to life. They are raised in a “kids’ creche”. It is great fun for young and old to watch the feeding or even get involved! Children can play in the great outdoors, far from any traffic, including on the farm’s own playground. Shared evenings in the summer round the campfire and barbecue. Two comfortable, modern holiday homes for maximum three (in the farmhouse attic) or five guests (small Sennhütt’n cabin).
Biotope: Schusterbauer near Marktl
Peace and relaxation can be found at the Schusterbauerhof farm run by the Maier family on the edge of the Upper Bavarian Alpine foreland. It is located in Queng, near Marktl, the birthplace of Pope Benedict XVI. The organic farm (suckling cows and grasslands) nestles on a slope on the north bank of the Inn River near the nature reserve “Innleite bei Marktl mit Dachlwand”. Three holiday homes for maximum two, three or four guests.
Above the farm there is mixed woodland with copper beeches, below fields and grasslands with reed beds and wetlands that are ideal for nature watching. With farmer Maier you can go on biotope tours and discover rare plants and animals. There is a natural bathing lake just 200 metres from the farm itself. Other destinations nearby include Altötting, Burghausen, Tittmoning and, somewhat further afield, Lake Chiemsee and Berchtesgaden.
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Dreamy: Talerhof am Samerberg
A room with a view! This holiday home at the Talerhof am Samerberg in the district of Rosenheim perches high up in a tree. In a secluded location on a slope on the edge of some woods and up to seven metres off the ground. It is just 200 metres from the Demeter organic farm. The walls, ceiling and floor of this treehouse are made from natural timbers, giving it the feel of a mountain cabin.
Space for a maximum of six guests. Two bedrooms, a sitting area with corner sofa, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. Custom-made oak furniture. Superb views from the balcony that runs all around the treehouse and is up to two and a half metres wide: to the northwest across the Rosenheim region and Lake Siemsee, the largest lake in the district. To the south, you can see the mountain range with the Hochries at almost 1,600 metres. A double bed can be rolled onto the balcony so that you can sleep out in the open through the summer! An organic breakfast can be supplied to the treehouse on request. Member of the Wanderhöfe Samerberg.
Permaculture: Oberstixner Hof near Missen-Wilhams
The Dünser family has four holiday homes tucked away on the Oberstixner Hof, plus an apartment in the main farmhouse. Two have space for two guests, the others hold five, six and fourteen guests (the latter in a cabin by the stream, some three hundred metres from the main farm). The homes are fashioned out of spruce in Alpine style and fitted with home-made furniture. They all have either a terrace or a balcony. With sunbathing lawn, trampoline, minigolf and playground.
The Oberstixner Hof enjoys a secluded location in the Oberallgäu Alpine foreland, north of the large Lake Alpsee near Immenstadt. You hear the sound of cowbells and birds from the nearby forest and can marvel at the many wildflowers in the meadow. Four generations of the family live on the farm. The organic cultivation is currently transitioning from a dairy enterprise to permaculture (“permanent agriculture”: the creation of stable ecosystems through a closed material cycle).
Animal residents: Irish Dexter cattle, chickens, quails and cats. Destinations include Hauchenberg with its viewing tower, the Alpine Farming Museum at Diepolz and the Breitachklamm gorge.
A place full of music! Alphornhof Oberstaufen
A farm for fans of Alpine music. The Wagner family farm is noted for making alphorns. Guests can watch and see how these ancient instruments are fashioned out of spruce. They can also enjoy a bit of live music at home with the Wagners. This original farm in Oberstaufen-Weißach boasts a pretty location with views of the surrounding Allgäu mountains. The guest rooms all have an Alpine touch.
Guests can choose between a double room, a twin room and a three-bed room with shower and basin. The WC is in the hall. There is a cosy lounge, where breakfast is also served. Children can tumble about on the playground and help look after the animals. There are various walks from the farm.
Well-being: Ferienhof Ücker near Niedersonthofen
The Ücker family farm lies almost one thousand metres up in the Upper Allgäu in the small village of Rieggis. You can enjoy the views of the Allgäu mountains - or feel good by building up a sweat! A new wellness area invites you to try a combined steam room and Finnish sauna, an infrared heat booth, a solarium, a foot bath and a relaxation area. Or you can take a refreshing dip in the farm’s own natural swimming pool.
Children have fun in the play area with swings, slide, sandpit, giant trampoline and more. There are other activities too: pedal cars, table tennis and table football. On this traditional farm, guests come across a whole host of animals, from milking cows, chickens and goats to rabbits, guinea pigs and cats. And, of course, the farm dog Kira. Four modern holiday homes, fully equipped in Alpine style, sleep two (one home) or four guests (three homes). Cross country skiing trails and walking tracks from the farm.
On the sunny side: a farmhouse in the Main valley
This old Franconian farmhouse is situated in Mainleus Veitlahm, west of Kulmbach. Lovingly renovated and sitting on the sunny northern bank of the River Main, it radiates rural charm. The Dietl family run this organic farm without using any chemicals. The cows and calves can move freely around their stalls and spend their summers grazing in the meadows. The hens have a movable pen, which transports them to fresh clover pastures.
Children can help feed the animals, walk out on the horses and ponies or take a ride on the tractor. Recreation ground and playground nearby. Two apartments for maximum four guests, one for up to six guests. Bright, modern and fully equipped with all creature comforts. Sleep in solid wooden beds with high quality mattresses and natural bed linen. Logs from the farm’s own woodland provide heating in the winter, while solar energy heats the shower through the summer.
Information provided in the form of walking maps and excursion ideas. Afternoon and evening sun on the garden terrace with views across the Main valley. Barbecue facilities. The Waldesruh holiday home for four guests in a secluded location on the edge of the woods is a ten-minute walk away, the Baggersee Kieswäsch in the Main wetlands a thirty-minute walk.
Courtly: Schlossberghof Marktrodach
The history of the Schlossberghof in the Upper Franconian district of Kronach has its roots in the 13th century. The site once housed a fortress owned by the Counts of Orlamünde. A quiet, secluded location, surrounded by meadows and woods, near the Radspitze (678 m) in the Nature Park Frankenwald. Views of the Staffelberg and the Thuringian Forest as well as towards the Coburg and Kulmbach region. The organic farm is run as a sideline enterprise by the Martini family. It has thirty rare-breed Coburger Füchsschaf sheep as well as micro pigs, geese, chickens and other animals. Guests have access to a sunbathing lawn, a barbecue site with fireplace and bread oven as well as a well-stocked library of books, including titles for children and teenagers. It also has a play tower, sandpit and table tennis table.
Four stylishly elegant, well equipped holiday homes, three for four guests and one for two guests. Sauna and gym. Nature tours with experts and many walking opportunities. The cities of Bayreuth, Bamberg, Coburg and Hof are all a short drive away. Also nearby are the Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and the village of Mödlareuth with its well-known German-German Museum.
Join in! Ferienbauernhof Herrmann
A genuine farm atmosphere awaits guests to the farm run by the Herrmann family. It is located in the Middle Franconian town of Herrieden Rauenzell, in the upper reaches of the Altmühl, south of Ansbach. The farm offers family-friendly experience holidays. It is extensive, bordering on meadows and fields. Anyone who wants to - children and adults alike - can help with the everyday work on the farm. Hand milking and feeding the cattle, goats, pigs and other animals. Guests can help with sowing, haymaking and ploughing. And tractor rides are fun for everyone.
The three functional, modern holiday homes, each accommodating four guests, have separate bedrooms for parents and children, sitting and dining areas with kitchenette and a bathroom. All with stylish solid wood furniture and sunny terraces overlooking the playground. Destinations: Franconian Lake District, Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Nuremberg.
Fishing: Ferienhof Dirnberger
Some thirty kilometres northeast of Regensburg, in the Oberpfalz Lake District, this farm is situated very close to the Regen River. The ninth generation of the Dirnberger family runs the farm, which is now organic. They keep twenty suckling cows and cultivate meadows and fields for cereals and fodder crops. Guests can stay in seven holiday homes and three log cabins, with occupancy for between two and six people.
Modern designs and fully equipped. Activities for children: pony rides, tractor rides, adventure playground with trampoline, playhouse for bad weather, help with feeding the cows and small animals, children’s driving track. Adults can relax in wicker loungers by the river, take a boat out on the water or hire bikes to explore the region.
If you have an fishing permit, you can fish in the local waters or those in the surrounding area. A freezer, fish preparation area and smoker are all available on the farm. Many nearby destinations include the Nepal Himalaya Park, the “Hölle” nature reserve and the Museum of Bavarian History in Regensburg.
A children’s paradise! Bio-Hof Höcker in the Bavarian Forest
The Höcker family specialises in catering for the holiday needs of families with children. Their organic farm in its unique location between Schönberg and Spiegelau in the High Bavarian Forest has been awarded the Kinderland Bayern quality mark. Families can choose between eight comfortable homes and two apartments for two, three or four guests. Bright, modern and child-friendly.
Wide range of children’s activities: many animals, from guinea pigs to cows, playground and recreation area, play barn with ropes and slides in the straw, climbing tower, sleeping in the hay, pony or horse riding, helping around the farm, tractor rides, finding animal tracks in the forest, walking with miniature goats, campfires with stick bread, pedal cars, table tennis, table football and trampolining. Barbecue and pizza nights for hungry mouths. Destination ideas: Bavarian Forest National Park with wildlife area, treetop trail in Neuschönau and the Western town of Pullman City.
Magical: Bio-Ferienhof Höfler
The four hundred year-old courtyard-style farm of the Höfler family sits on a hill in the Passau region. Close to Lake Rannasee, the biggest bathing lake in the Bavarian Forest and not far from the Austrian Mühlviertel area. The farm specialises in organic pasture milk. Guests can stay in four chic, modern country-style homes, lovingly designed with great attention to detail, offering accommodation for maximum four guests, one for six guests.
The crowning glory is a rustic wooden cabin housing up to six guests, situated below a cherry tree with views of the lake. Stylish in its construction, it was built from the timbers of a 150 year-old barn. With underfloor heating, connected to the central woodchip heating system, and a tiled stove.
All the holiday homes are fully equipped with a combined kitchen/living room, bathroom, bedrooms and children’s room. Guests sleep in organic bedlinen. Small wellness area with Finnish sauna and various treatments. Fresh products from the farm, especially fresh pasture milk every day. Many play options and animal encounters for children. Campfire with stick bread.