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A unique, romantic retreat in a cosily-renovated cable car, nestled amongst the iconic beauty and natural adventure of the Black Forest.

You might imagine the canals of Venice when you think of the word ‘gondola', but it's also a word that's used to describe a cable car.  

And when you think of a cable car, you might imagine one soaring over the Alps. Yet you'll find Gondel Gisela cosily grounded on a friendly site in the heart of Germany's iconic Black Forest, for a romantic, relaxing, and uniquely remarkable retreat.

The Black Forest Camp itself is quietly located right on the shimmering Schluchsee, the largest lake in the region, and the highest reservoir in Germany. Not only is the scenery guaranteed to be mesmerisingly beautiful, but you'll also get to indulge in adventurous outdoor activities and watersports galore!

Gondel Gisela herself was once part of a ski lift in a popular French resort. These days, you'll find her creatively re-imagined to provide off-grid comfort, and gently elevated on a platform in one of the highest points of the camp... so you can savour those spectacular Black Forest views all day long.

Inside awaits an oval-shaped double bed that's ideal for lazy lie-ins (just bring some snuggly blankets, and you're all set), while the al fresco area is perfect for morning coffee-with-a-view.  

Basic cooking equipment is provided, though if you'd rather not whip up breakfast yourselves, the nearby See-Café is on hand to serve you a delicious start to the day instead!  

There's also a bakery in the village, serving mouth-watering fresh bread and warm rolls, and plenty of opportunities to stock up on essentials in the local shops. Although you'll feel miles from civilisation, there's a bustling market just ten minutes' walk away.

Meanwhile, you'll find plenty of generous holiday facilities, including hot showers, a large communal kitchen, washing machines, and rustic compost loos, within a short distance from Gisela.

With just about everything you'll need for a relaxing and reviving stay covered, it's time to indulge in all that unique fresh-air adventure the Black Forest offers. You could start by hiring a canoe or a kayak and exploring the waterways in your own style, take a guided tour, or even join a sailing course.

If you'd rather stay on dry land, you can hire an e-cargo bike... with extra space for two little ones, and equipped with a powerful motor for those Black Forest slopes, it's ideal for a family day trip!

Head back to the Black Forest Camp to welcome in the sunset, gathered around a crackling campfire.  

In fact, why not grab a warming hot drink and stay out to greet the stars, too?

Things to note

Pets are not permitted in the cable car. You will need to bring a torch, and blankets or sleeping bags. Please note there is no electricity or Wi-Fi at the camp, mobile phone charging is available during reception opening hours.

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The basics

The basics

Region: Schluchsee, Baden-Württemberg
Cost (from): £79 per night
Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 1 night
Property ref: 1680

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Refurbished cable car, sleeps 2 guests.  Oval double bed (2m x 1.35m), basic cooking equipment, tea and coffee, cups, candles, matches, firelighters, al fresco area with sun canopy and a table and chairs.  On-site facilities: firepit, barbecue hire, watersports equipment/bike hire, compost toilet, communal kitchen/washing machine/showers

Local Activities

Sailing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, cycling, local shops, markets, cafés

At a glance

At a glance

  • A true one-of-a-kind stay in a renovated off-grid cable car, elevated on the Schluchsee, the largest lake in Germany's iconic Black Forest.
  • Sleeping two guests, the car is equipped with an oval double bed - just bring blankets or sleeping bags, and an al fresco area with basic cooking equipment provided.
  • Communal facilities are a short walk away, and include showers, a compost toilet, and a shared kitchen with washing machines.
  • Watersports equipment, family bikes and barbecues are available to hire, and there are shops and a market within easy walking distance.

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