During an organized tour in Germany your accommodation will be arranged by the tour company. If you plan to do a self-contained tour you have to book the overnights yourself.
Accommodation in Germany can pretty much serve every budget. For the young and low budget traveller there are many low-cost lodgings while those with more to spend can stay in first class hotels and luxurious cottages in the mountains - the range of places to stay is abundant. The German Hoteliers Association DEHOGA [Deutscher Hotel- und Gaststättenverband] established an official hotel classification for Germany in 1996. Since that time, more than 7,000 establishments, including pensions, guesthouses and boarding houses have requested an assessment on a voluntary basis and registered their accommodation facilities on a standard one- to five-star scale.
The German hotel trade is extremely well-equipped and those, offering facilities from swimming pools and saunas to exercise gyms are increasingly common. Depending on the money you spend you can even book hotels which are situated in old castles, palaces and monasteries. A "Gasthaus" (also called Gasthof, Landhaus, or Pension) is a German-style inn or tavern with a bar, a restaurant and hotel rooms for rent. “Gasthäuser” are typically found in smaller towns and are often family-owned. A "Hotel Garni" provides accommodation and breakfast only for guests. "Landhaus" means country house (though is essentially the Gasthaus concept, just in a rural setting) and "Pension" means boarding house or small hotel.
Bed & Breakfast
There are a great number of bed and breakfast hotels [Gasthofs] in Germany, which provide a low-cost alternative to the guesthouses and hotels. B&B accommodation is often provided in private homes where the emphasis of the owners is placed on giving their guests personal service in order to make them feel 'at home'. Bathrooms and toilet facilities are sometimes shared. Cheaper farmhouses and countryside/nature B&B’s, of which there are over hundred in Germany can be selected at “LandReise". If you are travelling by bicycle, the cycling organization ADFC (Algemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad Club) offers the "Bett & Bike" concept. All kinds of cycle-friendly overnight accommodation, from a camp site to a five-star hotel. Similar, and at an even cheaper rate, you can find rooms at the (ADFC related) "Dächgeber" and at “Warm Showers”. Apart from the internet, the local Tourist Offices [Verkehrsverein] have lists of B&B’s and guest houses.p>