YOUR HOLIDAY APARTMENT

 

Holiday apartments – sometimes also called holiday homes or holiday flats – are usually fully furnished accommodations, which are leased for a specific period.
 

Unlike typical hotels or pensions, holiday apartments do have several rooms and also fully equipped kitchens in order to be able to live there with all amenities like at home.

 

Access to an own garden with an optional swimming pool, barbecue and other outdoor equipment are another important differentiator, compared to hotels or pensions.

 

YOUR HOLIDAY APARTMENT

 

Holiday apartments – sometimes also called holiday homes or holiday flats – are usually fully furnished accommodations, which are leased for a specific period.
 

Unlike typical hotels or pensions, holiday apartments do have several rooms and also fully equipped kitchens in order to be able to live there with all amenities like at home.

 

Access to an own garden with an optional swimming pool, barbecue and other outdoor equipment are another important differentiator, compared to hotels or pensions.

 

COST OF HOLIDAY APARTMENTS: TIPS

Traditionally, holiday apartments are leased on a price per day, or week basis. Booking times are determined for a fixed number of days, or week. Usually, a holiday apartment is booked for a one-time event of the year – a summer holiday, or winter holiday.

On reposée, the business model works differently: you can book holiday homes for several months at once, whereby you are renting a share of the home. This share entitles you to use the holiday home for a specific period per month.

You are coordinating with the property owner or other tenants, who will be using the property when.
The advantage: you can use the holiday home in a more flexible way - you are renting a home away from home, not just a holiday home.

 

You stay flexible - no need for long term obligations
Home sweet home alike - not just an hotel apartment

 

WHAT ABOUT: TIMESHARING

Time Sharing – or Vacation Ownership - is another traditional way of sharing holiday apartments or leisure homes. Major market players for Time Sharing are RCI and Interval Leisure Group.

 

Owners of a time share have bought the right to use a leisure property at certain period of times of the year.

 

The time share model is having the long-term investor in mind, who wants to commit to a certain property for more than a year – ideally a lifetime.

 

Time Sharing requires an upfront investment, which can be significant. Handling of usage rights can be complicated. There are several usage models available on the market. For example, a “fixed week per year model,” or a “points model,” where one can redeem points for the usage of certain holiday homes.

 

Compared to time sharing, reposée is much more flexible: sharing on reposée means, there is no upfront investment cost involved. There is no need to sell shares if one wants to switch to another holiday home on reposée. 

 

And you can use your holiday home on a monthly basis. Within your booked time frame, you can freely float your days you would like to book.

 

If you plan to buy, rent, or share a holiday apartment or holiday home in general somewhere in or around Austria, then maybe some of the tips below give you some helpful hints, where to settle.

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HOLIDAY APARTMENTS IN AUSTRIA

Upper Austria

 

One of the top areas in Upper Austria – the Salzkammergut. You will find a lot of opportunities for hiking up and down the mountains like Dachstein, Totes Gebirge, or Höllengebirge or biking in the flatter areas. 

 

The lake area with Traunsee, Attersee, Mondsee, Wolfgangsee and last, but not least – the Hallstätter See are definitely highlights and the ideal basis for your summer activities.

 

Salzburger Land
Carinthia
Styria
Tyrol
Burgenland

HOLIDAY APARTMENTS IN GERMANY

Upper-Bavaria (Oberbayern)

 

The landscape of Upper Bavaria is unique and really remarkable in terms of scenic highlights.

 

Within a one-hour driving range around Munich, you will find more than 100 different lakes – one nicer than the other. From the biggest ones like Starnberger See, Chiemsee and Ammersee to the smaller ones like Staffelsee, Kochelsee, or Walchensee. 

 

The region around the Tegernsee is also well known for the “Tegernseer Waldfeste” during the summer months: similar to the “Münchner Wiesn” Oktoberfest, but much smaller and more authentic - for local people. 

 

Local associations and volunteer fire departments are organizing a weekend long festivity with a lot of beer, grilled chicken, and traditional Bavarian music to earn some further financing.

 

Black Forest (Schwarzwald)

HOLIDAY APARTMENTS IN SWITZERLAND

Graubünden

 

In Graubünden, the official languages are German, Italian, and Rhaeto-Romanic, the whole canton is situated in the Alps and therefore rich of impressive alpine views and attractions. Well known ski resorts you will find in Aros, Davos, Flims, or Oberengadin.

 

Having a holiday apartment in Graubünden situates you into a combination of wild, archaic nature, combined with state of the art infrastructure for ski tourism. Graubünden is, where skiing was invented in 1864!

 

Graubünden is also owning three of the UNESCO world heritages: the monastery of St. Johann in Müstair, the Bernina Express railway from Poschavia to Chur, and the Sardona mountains close to Flims.

 

Eastern Switzerland (Ost-Schweiz)

HOLIDAY APARTMENTS IN SLOVAKIA

Low Tatras

 

As the name says, mountains in the Low Tatras are a little bit lower than in the High Tatras. Nevertheless, the highest mountains Djumbier (Ďumbier) with 2.043m, Chopok with 2.024m, and Kráľova hoľa with 1.948m offer breathtaking views at the surrounding landscape.

 

A very popular place and worth to visit, are the ice caves of Demänovská, which are permanently filled with ice, of bizarre shapes and nevertheless rare faunas.

 

If you love hiking, then you will find a good starting point in the Western part of the Low Tatras in Donovaly, which is the most important tourist centre in Low Tatras and also very popular for skiing in winter.

 

High Tatras

HOLIDAY APARTMENTS IN CZECH REPUBLIC

South Bohemia

 

It is not only the beer – just to mention the famous Budweiser or Samson beer, both from Budvar – for which South Bohemia is famous. South Bohemia is also rich in history and culture, and therefore the most visited tourism region in the Czech Republic.

 

Definitely, a visit worth is the medieval town of Česky Krumlov – a UNESCO word heritage – which is centered around an old castle from the 13th century.

 

And by the way, if you plan to visit the breweries in Budvar, you can perfectly combine this with a visit to the romantic castle of Hluboká – a magnificent building from the 13th century, formerly owned and reconstructed into a neo-gothic style in the 19th century by the Schwarzenberg family, and now one of the top sightseeing attractions of the Check Republic.

 

HOLIDAY APARTMENTS IN ITALY

South Tyrol (Südtirol)

 

In South Tyrol, one speaks three languages – Italian, German, and Ladin. 

 

Although South Tyrol is in the Alps, the climate is a little bit milder and less precipitation than you would expect for this region. The region offers an interesting combination of alpine climates with Mediterranean influences and a lot of sunshine. 

 

South Tyrol is a place of more than 800 fortresses and castles. A lot of them can be found in the region of Bolzano – for example, Castle Sigmundskron, which is hosting the Messner Mountain Museum Firmian of the South Tyrolian extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner – the first man at the Mount Everest together with Peter Habeler without using oxygen bottles (1978).

 

In Bolzano, you will also find the “Ötzi Museum.” Ötzi is a 5.300 years old glacier mummy, which was found accidentally in the Ötztal Alps in 1991.

 

Veneto
Upper Italian Lakes

HOLIDAY APARTMENTS IN SLOVENIA

Slovenia

 

Slovenia is the only country in the world, whose name includes the word “love” – Slovenia! And you can feel it in every part of this small, but beautiful country. Slovenians are proud of their country, have good food, and are open minded people in general.

 

Just visit Lake Bled on a nice summer day, and you will know, what we mean: Lake Bled is a picturesquely small lake, situated in the Slovenian Alps, with a little island and church in the middle of the lake, surrounded by high mountains. Bled is not only known as a climatic spa, but also very well known for the delicious cream cakes. It is said that they were invented in Bled.

 

Not far away from Bled, you will find Lake Bohinj, where you can walk around in 3 hours. Bohinj is part of the Triglav national park and offers perfect conditions for touring ski excursions during the winter.

 

Slovenia also possesses a small coastline at the Adriatic Sea. It is just 47 kilometers long, but if you look for some Mediterranean flair, then you should visit the small town of Piran with its Venetian style architecture, and by a car just 40 minutes south of Trieste, Italy.

 

HOLIDAY APARTMENTS IN CROATIA

Istria

 

The Croatian peninsula Istria has too much to offer to describe in just some words. Istria in the summer time is very popular for mostly Austrian and German tourists – the hottest tourist spots you will find around Novigrad, Porec, Pula, and Rovinj – also called the little Venice because of its architecture and romantic setting.

 

The Brijuni national park - close to Pula and Fazana - consists of 14 islands and was used as summer residence by the former President and Party Secretary of Yugoslavia, Tito. Today, you can visit some of the islands, on the largest of the 14 islands - Veli Brijun – you will also find hotels.

 

Lovers of seafood will be in heaven at the Limski Channel, close to Rovinj and well known for fresh oysters and mussels from the local shellfish farm.

 

If you prefer the autumn time, then you should go for the “city of truffles” – Motovun. Where you not only find delicious food dishes like Ravioli, stuffed with spinach or truffles, or Fuzi with truffles, and of course some good Croatian red wine. But also, excellent opportunities for relaxation or activity holiday like hiking or biking.

 

Kvarner Bay

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