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Review Of The Freiburg Appartements in Germany

by LaurettaCWright
A Review Of The Freiburg Appartements in Germany

For our summer holiday this year, the Wright clan headed to Germany for a week's stay in the heart of the Black Forest.

There were three reasons we chose to do this: 1. VIP is a MFL (Modern Foreign Languages' teacher) and is a total Germanophile 2. Our eldest has chosen to take German as a GCSE and we thought it would be great for him to try chatting with the locals and 3. The Black Forest is supposedly beautiful.

Ever since our first experience of staying in an apartment as a family in Hamburg, I've been a HUGE fan. They provide more space – both sleeping and liveable – and allow for a more pleasurable stay.

VIP and I spend all day making sure the whole family has a great time on holiday. And in the evening, we like nothing more than spreading ourselves out across the apartment to get some much-needed ‘me time'.

The kids will play on their devices (and not be arguing), VIP will be sitting on the balcony burying his head in a book and I'll no doubt be tapping away on my trusty MacBook, getting my thoughts down on paper, so to speak. And that's how we all like it.

‘Appartement 5'

We booked to stay in the Penthouse-Appartements Freiburg, which is about a 10-minute tram ride from the centre of Freiburg itself.

Appartement 5 was booked through Booking.com and it cost 845 euros for five days in the summer holidays.

A little pricey you may think, but well worth the price especially when we saved money on the flights with easyJet, spending around £132.07 each for a return flight.

Plus we also saved at the airport parking too by using JustPark – it cost us £40 for the week compared to the £145 it would have cost at the long-stay car park at Gatwick North (£25 per day for the first day and £20 for subsequent days).

A Review Of The Freiburg Appartements in Germany

The appartments are on the top floor of this building

What Freiburg Appartements provides

  • Senseo Philips coffee machine
  • A microwave
  • A fridge (but no freezer)
  • Dishwasher
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Hairdryer
  • Fans (3)
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron, ironing board
  • Kitchen towels (2)
  • Toilet rolls (5)
  • Washing up liquid, dishcloths and washing up scourer
  • Soap from a dispenser: we only had a small amount in the shower and there was no soap in the bathroom, so I was glad i brought my own.
  • Towels – plenty, so you won't go short.
  • Dishwasher tablets (one per day)

What to bring

  • Soap
  • Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel
  • Laundry powder (if you want to wash your clothes)
  • An air mister if you're staying in the hot summer months. You can buy one or make your own!

What I loved

The owner of the apartment clearly had their head screwed on as they provide a laminated sheet detailing everything – from what trams go into the city centre, to the nearest supermarket and restaurants – it was a very handy guide indeed.

I liked the fact that the accommodation was based in a quieter area of town; although I love the atmosphere that a busy area offers, it was nice to not have rowdy groups of people keeping us awake.

I was also pleasantly surprised that the apartment had provided some of the general things I thought we'd end up buying ourselves – washing-up liquid, kitchen towels, loo roll etc… it made the whole shopping experience much more pleasurable when we didn't have to worry about forgetting household essentials.

A Review Of The Freiburg Appartements in Germany

On the day we were due to arrive, we changed our arrival time at the very last minute, arriving about five hours before we said we would.

We called ahead to warn them, giving them just 30 minutes' notice, but all was fine and the apartment was cleaned in time and ready for when we arrived – that's German efficiency for you!

A stay at Freiburg Appartements also comes with a parking space and there's a petrol station right next door, which is really handy.

The decor in the apartment was lovely with some really nice touches such as artwork showcasing Freiburg and really nice lighting.

The bathroom was clean and had everything we needed – towels, soap etc but was really low on the shampoo/conditioner/shower gel – so I was glad I'd brought my own supplies.

A Review Of The Freiburg Appartements in Germany

Room for improvement 

We travelled at a time when the whole of Europe seemed to be experiencing an unusual heat wave that lasted weeks. We were seeing temperatures in their early 30s in Freiburg – and at times it was stifling.

I would have really appreciated an apartment with air-conditioning. Being Brits, we weren't used to the scorching heat and we could have done with some relief from the relentless heat.

The apartment offered two fans – one in one of the bedrooms and the second in the lounge. As it turned out, VIP ended up sleeping on the balcony, Luis had one of the fans in his room and Girlwrighter and I shared the other fan in the second bedroom.

On the first night VIP and I couldn't sleep because of the heat and ended up taking cold showers and staying awake until gone 1.30am when it was cool enough to even contemplate sleeping. In fact, VIP never actually slept IN the apartments – he was outside on the balcony as the heat was unbearable.

It's a big ask to expect the apartments to install air-conditioning, but traditionally, Freiburg is known for seeing temperatures rise into the 30s, so it really should have been installed when the apartments were built.

In the short term however, ceiling fans would have provided light relief – or failing that, at least four fans – one for each of us should have been available.

The bed pillows were more like cushions and didn't really offer much head support. I ended up using a sofa cushion on the bed as my pillow, as the ones provided were no good for me.

Finally, a small freezer space would possibly have been useful for storing things like ice (to help cool down) or buying frozen pizzas from the supermarket one night. We managed fine with the fridge, but having a freezer would have made things a little easier.

A Review Of The Freiburg Appartements in Germany

Top tips

If you do end up booking a stay at the Freiburg Appartements, here are some top tips to ensure you have a pleasurable stay.

  • Although there's an Aldi and a Lidl within a five-minute drive of the apartment, you'll find everything you need and more from the local supermarket, Kaufland. It's spread over two floors, is huge and prices are really reasonable too. Check out the clearance shelves while you're in there too – I spotted a huge German flag for VIP to use in his classroom – originally 4.50 euros, reduced to just 50 cents!
  • A great place to dine out in the evening is McNamara's Irish Pub. It's less than a ten-minute walk from the apartment, the food is really good, there's a great atmosphere (naturally – it's an Irish pub!) and they offer live music on Fridays and a quiz night on Sundays. We came fourth in the quiz – and they still gave us a prize which was really generous. Thanks Jacob for a great craic! 
  • Leave all the blinds down during the day in the apartment. It will help reflect the heat and the apartment won't be nearly as hot as if you'd had them up all day.
  • On the ground floor of the building is a bakery that also sells refreshments and hot meals. It's open from 8am until 8pm every day and will get you out of a tight fix if you've got nothing in to eat or drink.
  • Remember not to buy any frozen food from the supermarket as the apartment doesn't have a freezer.

Have you stayed in an apartment as a family? If not, would you? And if you have, what is it that you like about them?

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47 comments

Nasir Uddin 4th April 2019 - 6:44 pm

Hubby is desperate to visit Germany and this apartment looks perfect. I basically want a pillow fort in my bed and more places need to give options for this.

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LaurettaCWright 5th April 2019 - 9:32 pm

Thanks Nasir – I’d definitely recommend a trip to Freiburg. Just watch the heat while you’re there! 😉

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Lorna Ledger 30th August 2018 - 4:03 pm

I’d love to go to Germany again, these apartments look like home from home

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LaurettaCWright 31st August 2018 - 7:52 am

That’s a great way of describing them Lorna – a home from home….they certainly were!

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Adrian Bold 29th August 2018 - 10:22 pm

We lived in Germany for many years when I was younger and it’s a great place to spend time in.

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LaurettaCWright 4th September 2018 - 9:59 pm

Yes – I didn’t realise quite how picturesque Germany actually is.

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James Travis 28th August 2018 - 11:31 pm

What a great place to stay

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Zena's Suitcase 28th August 2018 - 11:45 am

I love staying in an apartment with the family. the one’s we have experienced have been well equipped and given us so much space. I love the look of this place, it would work well for us

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LaurettaCWright 28th August 2018 - 5:50 pm

I think I first got the idea of staying in an apartment from you Zena – so thanks for the inspiration. Haven’t looked back since! 😉

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Marion Pay 26th August 2018 - 2:41 pm

Great apartment but would really need air conditioning as we usually take younger children and if they din’t Sleep no one does! Otherwise would be great off season perhaps.

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LaurettaCWright 27th August 2018 - 8:21 am

I don’t blame you – happy kids = happy parents after all!

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Holly - Little Pickle's Mom 26th August 2018 - 6:32 am

What a gorgeously decorated appartment – such a shame about the heat though. I’d love to visit Germany and have also heard gorgeous things about the Black Forest. Sounds like this would be a great place to use as a hub for exploring – just maybe some air con!

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LaurettaCWright 27th August 2018 - 8:22 am

Absolutely right Holly – or it would have been perfect in a cooler month when air-con isn’t needed! 😉

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Laura Dove 23rd August 2018 - 10:18 pm

Oh what a great looking apartment! It looks lovely and clean and spacious too. We always get apartments with their being 6 of us.

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Angela Ricardo Bethea 23rd August 2018 - 9:37 pm

Wow. It looks really comfy ! I would love to stay there!

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Jenni 23rd August 2018 - 9:17 pm

You would have thought there would be ceiling fans at least if they do tend to get those temperatures in summers. It does look nice though x

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LaurettaCWright 24th August 2018 - 7:31 am

I know, right! Hopefully the owner of the apartments will read this (maybe I’ll track them down) and know that ceiling fans would be a great investment.

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Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too 23rd August 2018 - 8:11 pm

The apartment looks beautiful, a home away from home which is perfect for letting you concentrate on your adventures

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Mellissa Williams 23rd August 2018 - 6:30 pm

It looks like such a lovely apartment – how fab that they were prepared for you when you arrived early and that they provided some essentials and a handy guide. I think I would have liked some air conditioning too though!

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Diego Lopes 23rd August 2018 - 5:59 pm

Looks like a great place to stay. I’ve been planning to go to Germany, this might just be my final push to finally do it =)

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LaurettaCWright 25th August 2018 - 10:30 am

Have fun if you do Diego!

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Fashion and Style Police 23rd August 2018 - 12:51 pm

What a lovely looking apartment. I like the spacious rooms. Visited Germany many years ago. Planning another visit soon.

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2018 - 4:06 pm

Thanks – it was a great apartment to stay in – loads of space!

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Melanie williams 23rd August 2018 - 10:36 am

What a fab place! I am loving how much light that apartment gets in, so much better than feeling closed in with small windows. Not been to Germany, but I would love to stay here x

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2018 - 4:07 pm

I think that it helped that we were on the top floor of the building – so we had great light all day. I’m sure you’d love Germany Melanie – some of the sights are so picturesque.

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Charli 23rd August 2018 - 9:52 am

The apartment looks great but I don’t get tiny pillows! So many places do this and don’t have spares for added support. I basically want a pillow fort in my bed and more places need to give options for this.
C x

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2018 - 4:08 pm

Ha ha! Totally agree with you on that. This wasn’t even a pillow – it was like a big floppy cushion with no support. I ended up folding it in half so I could feel like I had a bit of support!

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Joanna 23rd August 2018 - 9:01 am

The apartment looks lovely but shame about the AC. It’s so cheap to buy mobile units these days, especially for the price you’ve paid for the apartment. Strange the owner didn’t think about this yet.

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2018 - 4:08 pm

Yes I agree Joanna – still, it was a learning lesson….if you go to Germany’s sunniest (and hottest) city, make sure there is A/C to help keep you cool and help you sleep!

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Rhian westbury 23rd August 2018 - 4:37 am

i totally agree with you that it’s worth spending a little extra and having more living space, especially when you can cook there and save money on going out x

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2018 - 4:09 pm

Heading to the supermarket to stock up on breakfast and dinner items was such a good move – we saved loads of money on eating out.

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Cath - BattleMum 22nd August 2018 - 10:20 pm

Sounds like a good apartment except for the lack of air conditioning. To me that’s a must if temperatures soar to 30C. However, that said it sounds like it had everything else you nerd to star a family holiday in the area.

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2018 - 4:10 pm

100% spot on. I would stay there again – but maybe in their spring or autumn so the temperature is much more bearable….us Brits just can’t put up with temperature extremes can we?

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MELANIE EDJOURIAN 22nd August 2018 - 9:58 pm

Oh wow that bedroom looks lovely. It’s good they had essentials such as washing-up liquid, kitchen towels, loo roll that really helps.

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2018 - 4:11 pm

Yes, it was a nice touch that they offered essentials – it made it less stressful trying to remember what to buy – we only had to get food stuff in which was great.

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Claire 22nd August 2018 - 9:02 pm

What a great apartment. Looks like a great place to stay 🙂

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Alex Gladwin 22nd August 2018 - 8:44 pm

What a great review. The decor looks really nice and it’s lovely that they thought of the little touches. x

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2018 - 4:12 pm

Thanks Alex – nice of you to say so. Just hope it helps guide anyone who is thinking of staying there.

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Jenny - TraveLynn Family 22nd August 2018 - 4:43 pm

Self catering apartments are so much easier when travelling as a family, aren’t they! Shame about the heat, but this place does look lovely.

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2018 - 4:12 pm

Yes, I hadn’t tried them before Hamburg but now they are a godsend. It’s so nice after being together all day just to get some space to yourself when you get ‘home’.

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Rosie @GreenRosieLife 22nd August 2018 - 4:16 pm

As an owner of a holiday home myself it is always interesting to read what people like and dislike about other properties. This apartment sounds great but I think at the price you paid a freezer should have been supplied. Pillows are always difficult as what one person loves another hates – so we now provide different a selection of sizes to hopefully keep everyone happy. And the air conditioning issue is difficult. The owner may not now be able to add it but at least you had some fans. Hopefully they will listen to what you say about ceiling fans as summer temperatures do tend to be hot there. You sound like you had a great time though.

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2018 - 4:14 pm

Thanks Rosie – it’s great to know holiday home owners are reading reviews as I’m sure they can be really handy for you as a guideline. Great that you offer a range of pillows – I know a lot of the bigger chain hotels do this too. I do think the owner needs to put ceiling fans in. I woudl stay there again – just not in the summer!

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Bella at Dear Mummy Blog 22nd August 2018 - 2:03 pm

The apartment looks really stylish and clean and great tips about the supermarkets. We’d love to visit Black Forest x

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LaurettaCWright 23rd August 2018 - 4:16 pm

It’s so picturesque there – it’s stunning. Who would have thought that Germany can be quite so beautiful.

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Kara 22nd August 2018 - 10:42 am

Hubby is desperate to visit Germany and this apartment looks perfect. We struggle with hotels as there are too many of us for one room, so an apartment would be perfect

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LaurettaCWright 24th August 2018 - 7:30 am

I’d much rather stay in an apartment now with kids than in a hotel. Yes, you get someone cooking for you at a hotel but you have to share one room (usually) with the kids and we all need our own space to have some respite don’t we? Even by the end of the day, I think the kids want to get away from us!

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Laura - Dear Bear and Beany 22nd August 2018 - 8:41 am

What a lovely place to stay. I’ve never been to Germany, but would love to go

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