Green holidays! Tips for sustainable travel

Bremen, 12 November 2019. The online marketplace Traum-Ferienwohnungen takes the increasing demand for gentle and sustainable tourism as an opportunity to present particularly ecological vacation homes. On its online portal, the company has put together accommodation recommendations so that the good intentions to travel in an environmentally friendly way can be realized.

“Bringing holidays in line with sustainability and climate friendliness is easier, cheaper, and more comfortable than initially thought,” says Franziska Läpple, sustainability expert at Traum-Ferienwohnungen. “It is therefore particularly important to us to give our holiday guests a helping hand with this topic – metaphorically speaking. After all, the will to travel greener and place greater emphasis on sustainability is there,” says Läpple happily. In a representative survey* which Traum-Ferienwohnungen carried out together with the company DCMN, 43 % of those questioned stated that social commitment and sustainable action on the part of the provider was an important driver for them when planning and booking a holiday home.

“With regard to the climate, there are two major issues to consider: The journey to the destination and the type of accommodation,” explains Franziska Läpple. “If you are planning a vacation in Germany or in a nearby European country, you don’t have to travel by plane and ideally you can even travel by train. And the supply of ecological accommodations that save energy has also increased in recent years,” says Läpple.

Holiday in a passiv house

A good example are Dorothea and Martin Kohl, who offer a holiday apartment in their passive house in Georgensgmünd, Franconia: “When we built our house in 2016, it was clear to us that we wanted to build as environmentally friendly as possible. Only in an intact environment can we live well and have a vacation. Our passive house even uses only a fraction of the energy that modern low-energy houses consume. The little electricity required is of course green electricity,” says Dorothea Kohl, whose house with the “Schöne Aussicht” 2018 holiday apartment even won an architectural prize.

The house is furnished with natural wood furniture and has a very special climate, which also continues in the wild flower garden in front of the house. “To our knowledge we offer in Germany the only possibility to spend vacation in a passive house”, explains Dorothea Kohl, “and even future passiv house builders who want to test how one sleeps and lives in a passive house use this. However, most vacationers come to the Franconian Lake District to relax and explore the nearby Nuremberg.

There are hosts like the Kohls all over Germany, including the Müller family, who rent out their “Seepark-Ferienhaus-Rügen” in Vaschvitz on Germany’s largest and sunniest island. “Our house is located directly in a coastal protection strip and bird sanctuary. Our guests can experience nature and the animal world on Rügen at close quarters. We see it as our responsibility to protect and preserve them”, explains the Müller family. That is why they have ecologically optimized the house from the very beginning: The combination of a photovoltaic system, storage battery and air heat pump with buffer storage delivers clean energy – also for the outdoor sauna with a panoramic view of the Baltic Sea. A rainwater collection system stores water in a cistern and enables the beautifully landscaped garden to be watered. The large light and sun-flooded rooms offer an unobstructed view of nature and the sunset that sets the lighthouse of Hiddensee in the scene.

Deutsche Bahn ensures climate-friendly travel with direct connections from many major German cities, including Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, and Stuttgart to Bergen on the island of Rügen. On the Baltic Sea island with its bays and beaches, 800 kilometers of cycle paths and numerous bike and e-bike rentals can be found.

In harmony with nature

Dorothea Kohl and Antje Müller are pioneers with their “green” holiday homes, but more and more homeowners are focusing on sustainability: “We are increasingly noticing that our hosts are equipping their houses more ecologically,” explains Franziska Läpple. In doing so, they are encountering more and more vacationers who are specifically looking for ecological accommodations in Germany or in nearby European countries. “We offer more than 56,000 accommodations in Germany. We already support all landlords who want to make their accommodation more ecological with our know-how. For next year, we are planning many activities to promote sustainable vacation accommodations on the one hand and to make them even more visible on our portal for vacation apartments and houses on the other hand”, says Läpple.

Further information and suggestions for sustainable holidays are available online under the following link:

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Since 2001 the online market place for vacation homes brings guests and hosts personally and directly together. Hosts can advertise their accommodation simply, transparently, and successfully. Vacationers choose their dream vacation home from over 95.000 vacation homes in 70 countries. In addition to classic apartments or houses, the portfolio also offers unusual holiday accommodation such as tree houses, houseboats, converted windmills, or castles. Every year, around 47 million vacationers look for their perfect vacation home on Around 30,000 hosts place their long-term trust in the vacation home experts based in Bremen. Further information is available at

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Corporate Communication
Traum-Ferienwohnungen GmbH
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*The survey was conducted by in cooperation with DCMN, the growth marketing partner for digital companies and start-ups, in August 2018. 1,001 German citizens between the ages of 16 and 69 were surveyed. The results for this age group are representative for the online population. The survey took place in the Dynata online panel in the period 03.-07.08.2018.