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King-sized beds in Germany?

Is it possible to get a king-sized bed from a German hotel, or do I have to book with an American-based one for that? i'm too tall for a double bed, much less a single one.

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Posted by
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How tall are you? The standard bed length in most of Europe is 200 cm, finding a hotel with beds longer than that might be tricky.

Posted by
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King beds are hard to find in US hotels, limited to high end rooms or "resort" type hotels. Same with most of Europe, except less frequent. You can try looking at the high end business hotels, both US "Brands" and European.

Though "Badger" brings up a good point, in the US bed length varies by size, from 75" to 80", with both a Queen and a King the same at 80" (excluding the California King). European beds, from "single" up to King are all 200 cm or 78", so increasing width does not get you more length, unless you sleep diagonally.

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In Germany, IIRC, every room was two twins pushed together, with separate bedding. It was great! LOL
My husband is also tall and in some cases, taller than the bed was long, but at least the bed itself was bigger than a US queen so he wasn't all up on my side. :)
The bed is not specified as a "king" - they actually call it a double - but it is not at all a US sized double. The picture at the link above is exactly what we experienced throughout Germany.

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King beds are hard to find in US hotels, limited to high end rooms or "resort" type hotels. Same with most of Europe, except less frequent. You can try looking at the high end business hotels, both US "Brands" and European.

Where do you stay? In the U.S., I stay in mid-level hotels and request a one bedded room. It's usually a king.

As stated earlier, most one bedded rooms in Europe are two single beds pushed together. This way they can covert it into a twin very easily.

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King beds are hard to find in US hotels*

Not at most chains - you really should get out more often. :-)

Posted by
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When I lived in Germany and worked for the US Army, a friend and I both rented German apartments. Some of my furniture was my own, including a queen-sized bed.

But her place was totally furnished with German furniture. She had a bed like the ones being described and shown in the picture. It was so big that we called it the landing strip. Unless you are over 6'6" tall, I'd guess the typical German bed would be okay. But be sure to look at pictures of the beds in the rooms you're considering to book and contact the lodging to verify the specific dimensions in centimeters.

My husband and I have a queen bed at home. When we travel in the US, I always try to get a room with a king bed, not because of the size but because there will be space on both sides of the bed with a lamp and a night table. The landing strip beds in Germany, and all over Europe also typically have a night table on each side of the bed.

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That is above average but not that much. I thought we were talking about 6-6, 6-10. Is weight an issue? I started at 6-3 and while my feet often hang over the end, I guess I have gotten use to it. Over 20+ years of travel I have never seen what is commonly called, King bed. Occasionally a queen and lots of singles. We generally stay in a mid level hotel. Twice we have stayed in a Hilton (on points) there we found a king size bed. But only there. Good luck.

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The pic shown at the beginning of the article on German beds that va from va posted the link to.

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I think there may be a terminology hang up here.

This is what the linked article says:

"U.S. Double Bed / Full Bed: 54 inches x 75 inches / 137 cm x 190.5 cm

U.S. Queen Bed: 60 inches x 80 inches / 152 cm x 203 cm

U.S. King Bed: 76 inches x 80 inches / 193 cm x 203 cm
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A German double bed is typically 180 cm x 200 cm (71 inches x 78.7 inches) altogether, so the width is between a U.S. Queen and King, although the length is a bit shorter than both. That said, the key difference is that German double beds have two separate mattresses, each with their own duvet, even though they are pushed together.

This, at least for fans of the beds, has the advantage of better sleep if you're a light sleeper, since even if your partner moves around a fair amount, you won't feel it as you're on your own separate mattress.
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So what do Germans call a single large mattress? They call it a französisches bett, or “French bed.” If you're focused on having that, rather than two separate mattresses, be sure to ask if the hotel offers this bed type, and also ask what the exact width and length are, in centimeters, since sizes of these beds can vary considerably."

The article goes on to talk about hotels that might be likely to have king beds.

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Yes, asking for a "French" bed (französisches Bett) will get you a single large mattress.

What you might also try asking for is a bed with "Überlänge" (220 cm instead of 200).

Not sure if American-based hotels would have the same kind of beds they have in America. You'd have to ask.

Don't expect Germans in general to know what "king-sized" or "queen-sized" means. I used to believe that a "twin bed" is what we call a double bed, when in fact it's just the opposite (what we call a single bed). So the terminology can be confusing, and it might make more sense to ask for a certain minimum size (metrics, please).

P.S. Just read an older topic where someone got really mad at their German hotel for not providing them with the asked-for queen-sized bed but with two twin beds instead. Wonder what I would get if I went to America asking for a "Doppelbett" at a hotel.

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Yes you can find the 220cm length bed. My French brother-in-law, who is in Austria a lot, has insisted on 180x220 beds when traveling for decades. You'll find these in higher end hotels. It's usually two 90x220 beds put together. This is close to a king

Two 80x200 mattresses put together or one 160x200 is close to a queen.

I recently bought different sized beds and sheets for an apartment in Europe, so I've seen what's available.