Rustic and Glamorous: Glamping in Europe
What do a tree, a wine barrel and a teepee have in common? You can sleep in them as part of a global travel trend that perfectly blends luxury and nature! Glamping, or glamorous camping, allows you to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing the comforts of home. Glamping sites have been popping up all over Europe. Whether it’s a romantic getaway or a family vacation, these glamping spots are sure to deliver a memorable experience!
Treehouse hotel in Saxony
Along the Polish border above the Neisse valley are nine different kinds of tree houses at this leisure park in eastern Germany. They’re each designed to fit your interests; dreamy, quaint, mystical or bohemian. All rates include park entrance, breakfast buffet, parking, towels, bedding and an unforgettable midnight adventure! Visit Kulturinsel for details. http://www.kulturinsel.com/
Pods in Switzerland
In beautiful Flims, Switzerland are three camping pods that combine design and comfort in a micro home, available during both summer and winter months. Equipped with electricity and heating, these pods offer a romantic experience that encourages sustainable tourism. Set directly in nature, they’re a great tent alternative, especially in wintertime with its advanced insulation system providing ultimate warmth. http://www.camping-flims.ch/
Luxury beach tents in Italy
Along the west coast of Italy in Tuscany lies Camp Capalbio. Much like a luxury resort, this multipurpose camp’s onsite amenities include a minimarket, bar, restaurant, bike rentals, windsurfing, beach volleyball and more. Their impressive seaside lodge tents situated just 40 meters from the beach are big enough for the whole family. The lack of industrial waste disposal and a low level of inhabitants makes this one of the cleanest beaches in Italy, allowing you to stroll the coast in privacy. http://www.ilcampeggiodicapalbio.it/
Antique chalets in France
For year-round camping, Alsace, France offers large chalets big enough for a family of six. With a kitchenette, a private bathroom, electric heat and television rentals, this is your home away from home. The campground provides a number of unique services including a heated pool, giant trampoline, karaoke parties, treasure hunting and Alsace wine tastings, not to mention its quick access to paragliding, fishing, hiking, skiing and golfing. http://www.alsace-camping.com/
Wine barrel in Bad Dürkheim
Amidst vineyards in the spa town of Bad Dürkheim, there’s a special kind of accommodation inside of a romantic camping wine barrel. Ideal for couples, the barrel offers a large bed, extra storage, a pull-out table, benches and an outdoor seating terrace equipped with an umbrella and chairs. Right along the German Wine Route, this central spot is perfect for wine tastings, castle hikes and the Wurstmarkt. Need a bigger accommodation? The campground also has bungalow tents, small caravans and large mobile homes for hire. Visit Knause Camp for more information. http://www.knauscamp.de/
Yurt village in the U.K.
Located on a farm in southern England, Meon Springs is a village of yurts perfect for large groups. This spot combines the traditional excitement of camping with the coziness of home. You can hear nature, see the stars, and cook s’mores on a campfire all before climbing into a comfortable, well-heated yurt with fresh linens and a wood-burning stove. This farm has washrooms close to each yurt, access to fully equipped kitchens and is only a short walk to local pubs. http://www.meonsprings.com/
Germany’s Faux Camping
For a uniquely backwards overnight try Faux Camping. The idea is to glam up a handful of vintage campers, park them inside a giant warehouse and rent them out to backpackers. Modeled as hostels, Bonn and Berlin both offer faux camping locations. BaseCamp Bonn is inside an old storage facility, each of its caravans given a funky, urban design by an acclaimed set designer. Visitors have boasted it’s the “coolest place in the world.” For a tad more luxury, Huttenpalast in Berlin is a vacuum cleaner factory-turned-indoor vintage trailer park. Along with the quaint cottage theme, it’s equipped with en-suite bathrooms and free breakfast. So, leave the car full of camping equipment at home as these spots come equipped will everything you need.
Whether it’s a quirky house in the trees, a spacious tent on the beach or a remote villa in the country, these glamping spots are sure to give you an experience like never before!