This winery in Germany lets you stay overnight in a wine barrel

Schlafen im Weinfass

Staying overnight at a guest house in a vineyards has long been a travel trend enjoyed by wine lovers. Now a village in Germany is going one step further: Visitors can sleep overnight in empty wine barrels that once produced wine for the region. The wine barrels have been tidied up and made into tiny, uber-private hotel rooms.

And, hey, wine not?!

The Schlafen im Weinfass, a vineyard in Sasbachwalden, Germany, has eight 8,000-liter barrels that can be rented for overnight stays.

The Schlafen im Weinfass

They sit above the wine village of Sasbachwalden and are outfitted with large windows. The views are pretty spectacular, as you can see.

Schlafen im Weinfass

The barrels start at $190 a night for two people, and that comes with a couple of bottles of wine, pastries, and breakfast.

The barrels are heated, so these unique wine dens can host stays year-round.

Each of the barrels also features a toilet and seating area in addition to a comfy bed and a rock garden outside of the barrels.

All of the eight barrels have on-theme names, like “Burgundy Place” and “Riesling Place.”

Guests staying there can watch sunsets overlooking the vineyard with a glass of vino in hand. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it?

two glasses of white wine

Aside from drinking wine and taking in the views, which sounds like a great way to spend a vacation, the tiny town of Sasbachwalden also offers plenty of outdoor adventures for travelers.

For example, visitors can arrange hiking and biking excursions in the Black Forest, a mountainous forest area covering 2,320-square miles.

Sasbachwalden is located near the Rhine River, which borders France to the west. It is located near the French city of Strasbourg, in a picturesque region called Alsace.

Another must-see in the area are the Triberg Waterfalls, which are Germany’s largest falls. There are three marked hiking trails near the waterfalls.

Ready to have barrels of fun? You’ll need a bit of patience. The popular barrel accommodations are mostly full until the end of the year. The next available dates are in 2020.

As niche as it sounds, this isn’t the only wine barrel hotel. You can find some luxe barrels (even some offering jacuzzis!) in the Netherlands at Hotel Vrouwe van Staboren.

Schlafen im Weinfass

If you love wine travel, you can discover wineries with lodging here in the United States, too. For example, you can find wineries with lodging in Sonoma, California. Outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, you can also sleep over in a treehouse in a vineyard.

Happy travels!

[h/t: Travel and Leisure]

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