Friz Apartments

Reviewed by Emily McDonnell

A listed 1800s farmhouse-come-apartments with quirky-cool interiors at the edge of the Black Forest

Self-catering apartments
From €90
Six apartments for 2-4
Gundelfingen, 8 hours from central Berlin


This unassuming stone building at the heart of Gundelfingen, a sleepy town at the edge of the iconic Black Forest (more specifically, Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald), is a historic hotspot. Built in 1824, this former barn and stables is the only farm in the centre of town. The last farmers were owner Melanie’s grandparents, from whom she inherited the barn. As the region expanded, it became less sensical for it to house animals, and - along with her husband Ron - Melanie began to dream of what the building could become: a collection of stunning holiday apartments that would allow others to enjoy the beauty of the region.

During the renovation period, tons of old straw and farmyard scraps had to be removed: old agricultural tools, cartwheels, ox harnesses and ploughs. Also unearthed were an old gravestone and a firearm from the Second World War, items you can now view in the local museum. Many of the materials were reused, and exposed stone walls and wooden beams are matched with modern and vintage furniture, creating a high-end relaxed feel. Melanie and Ron carefully curated each apartment, funnelling their love of good design into the apartments, and the results speak for themselves.


I fell in love because...
  • There’s a gorgeous mix of original farmhouse features effortlessly blended with modern design pieces
  • You’re at the edge of the beautiful Black Forest, but still have access to restaurants and bars
You must...
  • Explore the surrounding Breisach region; adventurous types should climb the volcano hills of the Kaiserstuhl (and make time to enjoy the wine produced here)
  • Start your day in the lounge with a coffee made using the restored Faema E61 coffee machine
You might dislike...
  • As the apartments located at the urban centre of Gundelfingen, there is occasional rush-hour traffic
  • The rooms don’t have traditional German shutters, so never get totally dark
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Introducing Melanie and Ron! 

“Our motto is: arrive and feel at home.”

They love…

“No two apartments are the same; we curated each of them ourselves and really enjoyed the process.”

Melanie and Ron’s insider tips 

  • You can’t stay and not visit the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) with its dense forests; the region inspired a lot of the Brother Grimm’s stories and is renowned for its cuckoo clocks. We can recommend trails and towns.
  • It’s worth taking a trip into Freiburg im Breisgau, the neighbouring university town, with a medieval old town and pretty cobbled streets.
  • If you’re with kids, it’s worth spending a day at Europa-Park, Germany’s largest theme park.
  • You could also take a trip to Alsace in France or to Switzerland.

What people
are saying.

"It is one of the nicest and best places I have stayed in Germany. We had a lovely time."


"So much love and care has been put into this place. Ron an incredibly friendly and informative host."


The essentials.

  • Sleeping arrangements: There are six apartments for 2-4 people; each has a double bed and some have double sofa beds.
  • Bathroom set up: Each apartment has an ensuite bathroom (shower only), and there are vegan cosmetics from i+m Berlin and Jean&Len provided.
  • Food: Each apartment has a kitchen for you to prepare meals and snacks. Basic ingredients such as coffee, tea, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper are provided. There’s also a communal lounge where you can make coffee. Breakfast can be provided on request.
  • For families: Families are more than welcome, and there are toys and games in the lounge. 
  • On-site equipment: There are walking guides, travel guides, and a list of best restaurants and tips for outings provided, as well as access to Netflix and Disney+.
  • Optional extras: Wine can be ordered to your room on request.
  • Help: Melanie and Ron are always contactable via phone should you need them.
  • Remember to pack: If you’re a light sleeper, bring an eye mask as there are no shutters, meaning the rooms never get pitch black. 
  • Pets:
  • Sustainability: Friz Apartments uses a lot of sustainable practices, such as using BHKW energy generation. During the renovation, the barn was preserved and a lot of its materials re-used, plus much of the furniture is second-hand vintage. All cleaning agents are environmentally friendly and toiletries are vegan. Coffee and tea are organic and use biodegradable packaging.


Fritz Apartment is located in Gundelfingen.

From central Berlin, it's an 8-hour drive.

It's really quick and easy getting here with public transport: get the train to Freiburg, and from there get the tram to Gundelfingen (Breisgau). Then it's a 10-minute walk.


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