What are zimmers in Israel?
The “Zimmer” means “room” in translation from German. In the past, zimmers in Israel were simply single rooms that were handed over to tourists or to the Israelis themselves, who decided to save a little on a night’s lodging. Now the tourism industry of the country has become so developed that in all corners of Israel there are zimmers, designed for any purse and for a different number of guests. Still there are miniature houses or extensions to the owners’ houses – for budget tourists. Those who want to feel more vividly and more fully the rural Israeli life, await the authentic and unusual guest houses – at a higher price.
What is Zimmer?
The main difference between the zimmer and the simple room for change is its isolation from the home of the owners, which is convenient and pleasant for a tourist: you feel at home. In most cases, the zimmer is a solitary guest house, or an extension to a master’s house with a separate entrance.
The atmosphere of Zimmer has to rest. The guest rooms are equipped with everything that a tired tourist might need: a soft bed with fresh sheets, a warm shower (often with a hydromassage), a jacuzzi, a miniature kitchen, a TV, air conditioning. Dishes, towels, soap supplies, kettle – in the zimmere there is all the most necessary for the tourist. Often next to this house is a private pool. In the courtyard guests will be waiting for a shady garden, BBQ, sitting area with gazebos and sun loungers.
Usually the zimmers are located in a quiet rural area. Here you can experience the amazing atmosphere of Israeli life! Tired of standard hotel rooms, the tourist will be surprised by the unusual, carefully thought out design of the Zimmer. The additional advantages: delicious homemade fruits, fresh bread, natural cheeses, jams and other products, which the owners generously treat to breakfast.
How much is overnight accommodation
The cost of living in the zimmer depends on many factors: the category, location and, of course, the day on the calendar. In the midst of the tourist season, on holidays and weekend, the price of the zimmer will increase. A tourist should take note: with the owners it is possible and even accepted to bargain. The longer the guest lives in the house, the cheaper will be the cost of one night.
The category of the zimmer depends on its area: the more spacious the house, the higher its class, which starts with the standard number and ends with the presidential suite. Zimmer of the highest category is a luxury cottage with many rooms, the most modest option is a compact room with everything you need. And for a couple of lovers, and for a large family with children there is a comfortable zimmer in which you can stay and have a good rest. Those qualities that unite all categories, classes and types of such guest houses are comfort and distance from noisy cities, for which tourists and love cozy guest rooms. And the fact that renting a zimmer will often be cheaper than a hotel room – another plus in favor of this type of accommodation.
Where is situated the ideal zimmer
With the appearance of the Internet, problems of the type: how to remove the zimmer, where to find a suitable place to relax in Israel began to be solved much easier. It is only necessary to enter in the search line a query about the search for the zimmer, as the system will give out a lot of tempting offers.
The easiest way to find the zimmer in the north of Israel, next to the tourist routes – in Galilee, on Mount Carmel, among the Golan Heights. But it is possible to find guest houses located in more “difficult” (in combination with picturesque) places: in the mountains, in the forest, on the banks of the river or the sea. Choose the most convenient location and start your journey! By the way, often in the role of a guide, the owner of the Zimmer himself, who knows the surrounding area and its history, paints and details, can act.
The advices to the tourists
Zimmer is a popular type of accommodation for tourists, therefore it is recommended to agree in advance about accommodation with the owner of the house, especially in the “hot” season.
Since zimmers are mostly located in rural areas, the tourist is advised to take care of the availability of transport – own or rented. Of course, you can travel by taxi or public transport, but your own car will help the tourist to enjoy Israel at his own pace, regardless of bus schedules. Exception – the city of Eilat: there is a zimmer right in the city, which facilitates the problem of movement.
The zimmer is a great alternative to hotels. Living in these houses, you can autonomously travel or idle at your pleasure, be in harmony with nature and find rare and interesting sights in the area.