Trying to plan a few weeks of travel including Bavaria / Munich areas and see most B n B's give a range of prices, but with no explanation of what determines high and low.... anyone know about this? TX, Erin
Thanks for the replies. Guess I'll have to call or email each hotel or B& B, as all on the website I'm looking at only have this wide range of price, like " 35 - 150 Eruos depending on the season" But, they never state when the seasons are, so I have no clue if its a place I can afford or not -- pretty frustrating.
It depends on the location. As already noted, the high season for the mountains is winter, particuarly the Christmas holiday. The hiking and cycling season in the Alps usually peaks around August, when many Germans and Dutch are on holiday. Occupancy doesn't approach winter levels, though. Most other destinations popular with tourists host their largest crowds in the summer, with a smaller upshoot over the Christmas holiday. The exception, of course, is Munich during Oktoberfest. Bavaria tends to be less visited by spring holiday travelers, as they usually head farther south to the Mediterranean.
As mentioned, different areas have different high seasons, but I have almost never found a pricing website that doesn't define the times of the price levels, like here. For this hotel, in the Bayerischer Wald, in Bavaria, near the Czech border, the highest rate is Christmas to New Years; the following week is the next highest (medium) rate. But I have seen other places where most of the summer is the highest rate. It just depends on the demand for that time at that location.
It also depends on convention season. Munich in the fall, after Oktoberfest, can be very busy/pricey with conventions.
Erin - if they allow online booking, when you enter your dates for availability, that will tell you the season/price. But you are correct, you have to do that for each place since seasons/pricing changes constantly for the above-stated reasons.
If you use a website like www.hrs.com you can then easily see if it is a high tourist rate or not, as all the hotels will have higher prices. The B&B's you are looking at will follow that same kind of schedule.