The vacation rental broker FeWo-direkt has chosen the “Vacation Homes of the Year 2022” on its platform – in Germany and Europe.

For many people it is no longer enough to explore another area from the hotel on holiday – they also want to “live” there for the duration of their trip. This is where holiday homes or apartments come into play, which are becoming more and more popular. More privacy, self-sufficiency and a feeling like a temporary home are the clear advantages over hotels.

The holiday home portal FeWo-direkt has now chosen the holiday homes of the year 2022. A total of ten houses in Germany and Europe were selected in two categories. Only houses that are suitable for groups or families and have received a guest rating of at least 4.8 out of 5 possible stars receive the title.

Highlight: A listed church

In Germany, for example, this includes a listed church in the Palatinate, whose hall has been converted into a rustic, beautiful accommodation. The “Tiny Church” forms a special ensemble together with two Tiny Houses on the same site. Another highlight is a lovingly restored fisherman’s house on Rügen, which impresses with a thatched roof, clay walls and modern comfort.

Another winner can be found at Möhnesee in North Rhine-Westphalia: the modern eco-holiday home south of Soest is self-sufficient in energy from the solar cells on the roof from spring to autumn. It also has lots of glass and a large roof terrace overlooking the lake and its spectacular sunsets.

If you are looking for a house with many indoor leisure opportunities, you could find it on the outskirts of Dresden: ten people can be accommodated in the detached square house with sauna, billiard table, table tennis and table football – and 46 in the separate party room with facilities and bar and more to celebrate. For those who like it quieter: In Schleswig-Holstein on the Eiderstedt peninsula, just a few minutes from the North Sea beach, there is a high-quality renovated, thatched holiday home with impressive antiques and a special hiding place for the little ones under the roof.

Waldhaus in Lower Saxony makes it onto both lists

A stylish half-timbered forest house in Lower Saxony has made it onto the German and European list of the best. The guests appreciate the open living and kitchen area and the location on a private property in the middle of the forest. If you are drawn further away, you should be happy with the design villa in the Balinese style on Mallorca. Perched over the cliffs, this has a pool, extensive gardens, views of the sunset over the sea, and a house cat.

A real eye-catcher – and at 1,000 euros per night one of the most expensive houses among the award-winning houses – is the luxury villa in the vineyards of Tuscany, which boasts a private saltwater pool, wine cellar and impressive interior design. Equally costly, but impressive, is another chapel in Britain. Thursford Castle is a luxuriously appointed bungalow with underfloor heating, elegant furnishings and a small library.

Architecturally the complete opposite, but just as luxurious is a holiday home in French Brittany, which consists of two parts of the building, which are extensively glazed and thus allow an unobstructed view of the Atlantic coast. Also: pool, terrace, garden, whirlpool.

It doesn’t matter whether holidaymakers need peace or action, sea or lake, mountain or forest for the perfect holiday, with the now countless offers of holiday apartments and houses in Germany and Europe there should be something for everyone.