What are eco-friendly hotels and what are they like?
Despite the fact that mass market and mad consumption do not aren’t even going ink to slow down, phrases like “slow shopping”, alternative energy, organic products, etc. are more and more often heard in the world. Many people are willing to pay more, but support the local farmer or make a small contribution to saving the planet. Ecotourism is one way to do this is. Eco-hotels have been around for a long time, previously they were mostly located far from cities and guaranteed full immersion in nature, but now it can be a city hotel that is not indifferent to the environment. They can use solar panels instead of electricity, eco-friendly materials that make up the building, or, for example, food from local farms.
According to the Global Wildlife Travel Index, Germany is one of the top ten countries for ecotourism, which is why we present the top 8 best eco-hotels in Germany (in random order):.
- Green City Hotel Vauban (Freiburg)
This simple, wood-clad hotel is located three kilometers from the center of Freiburg. Regional producers are valued here, so more than 90% of food and beverages are brought by local suppliers.It is customary to refrain from using disposable packaging and placing mini-bars in rooms that are made of eco-friendly materials.In addition, right from the doorstep, guests can go for a jog in the picturesque places of Schoenberg (the route for a jog will be given to you in the lobby).
- Berghotel Rehlegg (Ramsau)
If you are looking for a relaxing holiday in Germany, Rehlegg is what you need. You can get there by train to Berchtesgaden train station, or fly to Salzburg, where you can easily arrange a transfer or take a bus or train. An incredibly picturesque place with views of the Alps, just across the road is the Berchtesgaden national Park – it is the only German high-altitude Park in the Alps. This view is breathtaking!
Everything here is designed to make you relax. Almost all the food is hand-made, a large selection of spa treatments, yoga, pools and saunas with mountain views, a wine cellar, mountain routes and special attention is paid to sleep (up to the availability of a pillow menu). In general, this is a more classic representative of an eco-hotel in Germany – nature and privacy with it. In the backyard, animals are raised and taken care of, an apiary is kept, and the vast majority of products are organic.
- The Mandala Hotel (Berlin)
The Mandala Hotel is located in the heart of Berlin and is famous not only for being eco-conscious, but also for the fact that the hotel’s restaurant has two Michelin stars. All guests are promised a cozy atmosphere, comfortable rooms and the opportunity to take a short break from the crazy rhythm of the German capital. Visit the fitness center or the saunas on the top floor and admire Berlin through the panoramic windows, restore your body cells on the “wellness sofa”, which is made on the basis of a Japanese sauna, and then go to get an unforgettable gastronomic experience in the FACIL restaurant.
- Schlosshotel Fleesensee (Göhren-Lebbin)
This is not just a bio-hotel. Schlosshotel Fleesensee is a castle built in 1842 in the Baroque style and has not lost its noble appearance to till present. The owners promise that you will be able to truly stop the moment and finally give yourself time, and what better way to reset and fully immerse yourself than a castle isolated from the big cities?
Within walking distance there is a lake where you can enjoy a variety of water sports, on the territory of the hotel there are five golf courses, as well as tennis, squash, jogging and ycling routes, a gym, fitness and hot air balloon flights over the Mecklenburg lake district. Schloss strongly recommends that you forget about the world for a moment and think only about yourself, and how can you keep from doing this in such a place?
- Living Hotel Das Viktualienmarkt (Munich)
This eco-friendly hotel is located in the heart of Munich at the Viktualienmarkt market. Marienplatz and other attractions are just a few minutes’ walk away. This is one of the seventeen locations of the Living Hotels chain, which sincerely cares about the environment and tries to make every effort to at least slightly correct the situation in the world. In 2017, the company partnered with Green Globe. Green Globe is an organization that is engaged in certification in the field of sustainable tourism, their main task is to preserve natural resources and protect the environment. In 2019, all hotels of the Living Hotels chain in Germany received Green Globe certification. They use recycled paper, you won’t find plastic tubes here, all rooms are equipped with renewable energy sources, and two hotels even grow bees on the roof.
- The Ritz-Carlton (Berlin)
A chic five-star hotel with the best service, a stunning bar and refined modern German cuisine. However, this is not all, the Ritz is the first five – star hotel in Germany and throughout Europe, which was recognized as completely “green”. The reason for this was energy and water conservation, as well as bio-breakfasts, which you can enjoy before going to the Finnish sauna or yoga.
The location is also excellent – the Tiergarten on one side, the Mall of Berlin on the other, and the Brandenburg gate is about five minutes away.
- Hotel Rheinischer Hof (Garmisch-Partenkirchen)
Our next stop is Garmisch, one of the most popular winter resorts in Germany. The Rheinischer has a family atmosphere and you can take your time looking at the mountain peaks, visiting the local thermal springs or exploring the curious history of this German green hotel. The fact is that it was opened due to a combination of circumstances (and at first not the most pleasant for the first owners). Young Matthias Griess was captured by the American army before the end of World War II, it happened in Garmisch. Later, thanks to a dispute won from the commander, he began working in the canteen at the barracks, which was good, given his education as a cook. After the end of the war, Matthias was in no hurry to leave Bavaria, as he had already settled in there and met his future wife – Resi. Together they opened a dance hall in 1953, which after years of painstaking work grew first into a restaurant, and then into the hotel that we know it for.
After the renovation in 2012, the Rheinischer Hof began to take more care of the environment: energy-saving light bulbs, aerators that help save water, triple glass that protects guests from winter frosts and summer heat, as well as the absence of food waste, and much more. If you want to go on a ski vacation with the whole family, but do not forget about our planet – you are here
- Mauritzhof Hotel (Münster)
Mauritzhof is also a representative of ecotourism in Germany with a history. Its owner Stefan Reckhenrich calls his creation “an ode to Munster”. However, this ode is not the personification of tradition, rather the opposite, because all the rooms are made with taste in a modern, minimalistic style. In the parking lot one can charge an electric car, inside onecan try simple but refined dishes cooked from regional products, and finish the evening in the bar, designed in the style of “cosmopolitan elegance of the 50s”. Among other things, guests can attend wine tastings or go on a picnic, which can be organized by the caring staff of the hotel.