Workations: Can you really mix business and pleasure?

Work + vacation = workation.

If you’d have asked us two years ago if we’d want to take a working holiday, our answer would have been no. We wanted to keep work separate from our day-to-day, but given that work has blurred into life more and more, it makes sense that, rather than making life fit in around work, we instead make work fit in around life.

There are dozens of reasons to take a workation. For instance, productivity and creativity increase dramatically when you’re exposed to nature, and research shows that spending time surrounded by trees can increase your concentration and focus. 

As well as the benefits for your professional side, you’ll feel more relaxed and gain extra perspective. There’s nothing better than waking up by the sea, taking a stroll along the beach with a coffee as the sun rises, before an efficient day at your desk, with the ability to switch off fully at the end of your working day. Another perk is that the daily irritations of housework, paperwork and general life admin aren’t at hand, giving you the space to be present.

With this in mind, here’s a round up of our favourite seven workations in Germany, all of which have wifi and space to both work and play.


Madsow Cabin

What? A cosy cabin with a wood-burning fire, mismatched furniture and a gorgeous garden, surrounded by nothing by nature.

Why workation here? You’re a short drive from the sea, and surrounded by rolling hills and greenery. The space is bright and open, and there’s a working space in the mezzanine. 

Where? Madsow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

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Recommended for: workation for solo travellers, workation for couples

Uckermark Villa

What? A stunning 20th-century villa at the heart of the Uckermark region, with an expansive garden and carefully curated interiors.

Why workation? This gorgeous house is somewhere that we’d love to call home (but can’t!), so making it your base for a few days (or weeks) is the next best option. There’s lots of space and a huge kitchen to prepare the best snacks!

Where? Nordwestuckermark, Brandenburg

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Recommended for: workation for friends, workation for families


Coconat Coworking Retreat

What? A grand manor house focused on inspirational co-working, surrounded by nothing but nature, with minimal rooms and cosy glamping.

Why workation here? This is the OG workation destination! There’s space to socialise with fellow remote workers and quiet working zones, plus the forest starts on the doorstep - great for breaks and after work escapism. 

Where? Klein Glien, Brandenburg

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Recommended for: workation for teams, workation for friends, workation for solo travellers, workation for couples

The Wooden House

What? A wooden house - with simple interiors and a wood-burning stove - that is good for the planet and good for the soul, perfectly located between Munich and the Alps.

Why workation here? There are tonnes of cosy nooks to curl up in and focus on your project or to get lost in your novel. You’re in a sweet Barvarian town and just a short trip from mountains that just beg to be explored.

Where? Anzing, Bavaria 

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Recommended for: workation for friends, workation for couples,  workation for families

Ohlerich Harbour Apartment

What? A modern, loft-style apartment located at the water’s edge in Wismar’s Hanseatic harbour, with bold interiors and a lot of heart.

Why workation? Views over the water as you work? Yes please! Plus there’s so much culture in Wismar, making the location ideal to blend work and play. 

Where? Wismar, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

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Recommended for: workation for solo travellers, workation for couples

Trainmaster’s House

What? A Former train station transformed into two cosy modern apartments with mismatched interiors and unspoilt views over treetops.

Why workation? There’s a gorgeous remise that’s kitted out for co-working; in this building, you’ll also find a coffee roastery, so expect freshly brewed coffee to power your mind. The forest begins on the doorstep, too.

Where? Nauen, Brandenburg

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Recommended for: workation for teams, workation for friends, workation for couples,  workation for families

Room 19|5

What? A B&B just for you: sleek, modern cabin for 2 with a pool, right at the heart of Germany's wine region.

Why workation? With an open-plan living space that offers views over the garden and pool, this is a very peaceful place to focus - either on work or on yourself. The region is stunning, and made for long evening walks. 

Where? Efringen-Kirchen, Baden-Württemberg

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Recommended for: workation for couples,  workation for families

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