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The world has discovered shared housing and Airbnb has some of the most unusual and affordable places. If you’re planning a trip to Munich and are looking for a more intimate and colorful place to stay, consider one of these private homes.

Best of Munich: Family-sized, private lodging

1. Explore Munich by Bike From This Central Location

This large, airy apartment is elegantly modern in its decor. White predominates the color palette with splashes of soothing greens and purples. Spread out in two separate bedrooms, kitchen, and bathroom along with a large living-dining room. While close to Subway Station Lehel, there are four bicycles available for exploring. The Englischer Garten is nearby, and in the summer, you can safely swim in the Isar River or even surf at the River wave in Eisbach. Rates start at $190 a night.

2. Stretch Out in Your Own Loft and Enjoy the Views

When the weather permits, open, gabled windows look out over the city all the way to the Alps from this expansive loft. Located on the seventh floor, your privacy is assured as it’s the only residence in the office building. All the standard amenities are included. Enjoy Wi-Fi, one bedroom with a king-sized bed, an automated light system, a washing machine and dryer, a full kitchen, and a dining area in the central great room. Trains and subways to Octoberfest and the annual fair are found next to the building. Rates start at $109 a night.

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3. An Urban and Green Oasis

Enjoy your own flat in the heart of the city with a spacious living room, fully equipped kitchen, and bathroom. It’s a central location yet quiet enough to hear the Glockenspiel of the town hall. You can shop at the nearby Munich Vikualienmarkt, with its organic fresh foods, and sample local brews in the Bavarian Beergarden. After a day exploring the city, enjoy a nightcap on the terrace garden. Rates begin at $124 a night.

4. Retreat home with gardens and rooftop patio

With open, light-filled rooms in the center of the city, this family home sleeps four with an additional fold-out bed. The large living room and dining room look out onto the lush green rooftop gardens. Central location is close to the MVV station, museums and jogging trails along the River Isar.

5. Enjoy a luxury remodel and family friendly apartment in central Munich

Furnished sumptuously, the apartment is a far cry from usual stark, IKEA decor found in many Munich apartments. There are two full bedrooms with queen beds. Enjoy meals in the eat-in kitchen or out on the large balcony. There’s a separate bathroom and toilet with washing machine and dryer.  Located in “Glockenbachviertel,” the social hub of Munich, you’ll have plenty of bars and restaurants to enrich your nightlife as well as many shopping choices. Transportation is simple with access through Metro lines or bus. Rates from $218 a night.

6. Bright Heritage building with artistic five-room apartment

Dip into this quiet, older neighborhood from an artistically appointed apartment. Furnished with ethnic art touches and modern details there’s a large living room and dining room. Nearby you can visit the traditional Elisabeth Market, the Neo-Baroque church of Saint Joseph, the University District and English Garden. Relax in the bedroom with a sleeping sofa in the office, full kitchen and many amenities. Rates nightly from $399.

Part of the Hipmunk City Love: Best Of Munich private lodging