Ever since we published our selection of places that resemble a Dr. Seuss illustration we’ve regretted leaving certain hotels off our list. Like this one: the funky, arboreal Baumhaus Hotel in Neißeaue, Germany.
Baumhaus is a sort of woodsy-themed adventure park with eight different treehouses that can be rented for the night. Each treehouse is multistoried, each is perched 8 to 10 meters (26 to 33 feet) above the ground and accommodates 4 to 6 people. Rates include breakfast and use of the adventure park grounds. This being Germany, every treehouse also includes a beer-filled mini bar.
What’s not particularly German about the Baumhaus: It has a sense of humor. Each treehouse comes with a fairy-talesque story about the spirit characters that supposedly inhabit it. Each has hidden “collectors items” and other tucked-away oddities for guests to discover. In a few cases whole rooms are behind secret passageways!
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Our favorite of the treehouses is the Judkas Trollfamilienhaus (pic to the right), partly because it is the highest of the Baumhaus offerings, partly because legend says a family of trolls lives there. It also has a wonderful outdoor viewing deck and wooden stove. (Although, we must say, it feels a little precarious lighting a fire while in a treehouse three stories above the ground.) Perhaps best of all is the hidden entrance that leads to a ladder that leads to the cozy sleeping area at the top of the treehouse. (A picture of the ladder is below; you’ll have to find the entrance to it yourself). The Judkas Trollfamilienhaus is 243.50€ per night.
We also love the Seussian, nautical themed Thor Alfsons Astpalast. It has a kitchenette and a wonderful round wooden tub. A night’s stay will set you back 305.50€, which isn’t atrocious considering this treehouse can accommodate six adults. Look for the “bodies” of past sailors hidden within. The exterior of the Thor Alfsons Astpalast is pictured above, its tub below.
The whole of Baumhaus is very child friendly — in fact, it might offer the most interesting adventure-filled family — friendly accommodations in the whole of Germany—though the Doros Kräuterkate treehouse is especially kidcentric. Unlike the other Baumhaus treehouses the Doros Kräuterkate can be reached via a regular staircase. The kids get their own bedroom that’s a little removed from the parental honeymoon suite. It is 213,50€ per night.
At that same rate Baumhaus also offers the brightly decorated castle-like Fionas Luftschloss (“Fiona’s Pipe Dream”) treehouse and the Modelpfutzens Wipfelgipfel, which has the largest deck of the treehouse offerings.
Come to think of it, we love all the treehouses at Baumhaus. Bring the kids. Bring your sense of adventure and fun. And watch out for splinters.
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