Germany, Bad Birnbach

Hofgut Hafnerleiten

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Hofgut Hafnerleiten

Brunndobl 16
Bad Birnbach 84364, Germany
Direct to the Hotel
An experience between nature and architecture, in which human play the main role
Luxury means for us to have access to nature, tranquillity and time. Anja Horn und Erwin Rückerl, owner


A 1/2 hour away from Passau in South-East Germany, there is a small paradise for architecture and nature lovers - the Hofgut Hafnerleiten in Bad Birnbach. The Lower Bavarian oasis of calm focuses on individuality and holism and attracts with nature as vacation for the soul. The low-radiation Hofgut awaits you with eleven individually and unique designed houses that are spread throughout the property with maximum privacy at the lake, in the garden or at the edge of the woods. To enjoy, sleep and live, you can choose between different themed houses or the pond suite. For a longer stay, the exclusive vacation rentals with their own kitchen present an ideal option for a self-catering vacation. The Landlord and head chef personally takes care of the meal at dinnertime. As the Hofgut finds his origin in culinary art, even today, a great value is set upon healthy and personalize coordinated cuisine. Dining takes place at a long family table with Mediterranean charm that invites to talk with each other, eat and drink. During daytime, time can be delightfully spent by relaxing at the fireplace, reading a book on your own terrace, enjoying the different ‚wellness cubes’, jumping into the cold water of the lake after a Finnish sauna or taking part in a cooking lesson by the host. Hofgut Hafnerleiten is the ideal place to slow down and leave stress behind. No phones and TVs disturb the restful idyll of this estate in Bavaria. In addition, different premises on the property offer a frame for unique seminars, conferences, weddings, birthday parties and other festivities for up to 60 people.


Be offline and enjoy a low-radiation vacation

Rent your own theme house or exclusive holiday home

Award winning architecture for an oasis of well-being

Indulgence and culinary art

Individuality and holism

Barista and cooking classes

Unique location for seminars, weddings and other festivities

Located in Lower Bavaria's nature

Treat yourself to some fine food made by the landlord and head chef personally


  • environmental protection
  • being local - authentic experiences
  • giving back
  • cultural commitment

The Hofgut Hafnerleiten fascinates with an architecture which lays special emphasis on the human being and combines it with  nature.

Every domicile is unique while their interior and exterior design fit in seamlessly with the cenery and the nature, as for example the tree-house at a dizzy height or the water house in the midst of the lake.



Themed Houses
approx. 40 sqm (open room concept), offered from two or three nights:

Bootshaus (boat house)              Wiesenhaus (meadows house)
Hanghaus (slope house)             Gartenhaus (gardenhouse)
Wasserhaus (water house)          Baumhaus (tree house)
Terrassenhaus (terrace house)


Pond Suite
approx. 45 sqm with its own pond


Exklusive Holiday Homes (Rottaler long houses)
approx. 70 sqm incl. large living room, kitchen, bunks & bathtub next to the fireplace:

Haus am See (house at the lake)
Haus am Feld (house at the field)
Haus am Wald (house at the forrest)

three-course menu in the evening on the family board with table wine & water (themed houses & pond suite), "bathrobe breakfast" in the own house (holiday homes with filled fridge), fireplace, private terrace area, earth sauna, Finnish sauna at the bath pond, basket with apples, tea & well water, hot-water bag, a choice of wellness clothing & Crogs, books & iPod stations


Not available:
cellular network, radio, TV, electric smog at the roost, different price and season categories

A Lifetime Dream

The wonderful story of Hofgut Hafnerleiten

„For us, luxury means closeness to nature, rest and time. Hence, our guests live in their own small house between ponds and trees.“

Today’s Hofgut Hafnerleiten in the middle of the Bavarian nature in Germany exists in its formation as it is today only since 2013. In 1999, the professional chef and today’s landlord Erwin Rückerl opened the first cooking school in Lower Bavaria, after he discovered his love for Mediterranean cuisine in Sardinia. In the following years, Erwin Rückerl and his wife Anja Horn-Rückerl, the good soul of the house, refined the original concept of the cooking school in South-East of Germany, whilst laying a focus on the relationship with nature and extended the existing section of culinary with the section of living. The first result of the new Hofgut concept became apparent in 2001 with the opening of the first of the seven unique green theme houses. 2005 they opened another six themed houses - 2011 a close-to-nature wellness area was added; its ‚wellness cubes‘ has been awarded several times. In March 2013, the opening of the three exclusive vacation rentals, the Rottaler Langhäuser finally followed. The inner yard of the main house remains as the heart of the property that invites to cook, eat and enjoy. Because passing on the enthusiasm of cooking to other people is still a large passion for Erwin Rückerl today. 

Cooking School
Barista Seminar

"The culinary art was the origin of the Hofgut: to sit together at one big table with all your friends, having nice conversations, and with a delicious meal and exquisite wine"

Guests have the opportunity to just enjoy the delicisoius meal at the restaurant or to learn how to prepare those themselves. For Espresso lovers, a Barista Seminar is being offered.

Hofgut Hafnerleiten and its green Initiatives

Architecture & Design

  • The whole property is sustainably planned
  • During the planning period of the house, they worked together closely with landscape architects to guarantee the conjunction with architecture and nature
  • The construction methods of the houses were adapted individually to the surrounding nature and the scenery
  • For the construction and the interior as well as exterior design of the single houses, value was placed on natural materials and an environmentally appropriate construction method
  • Wild hedges, meadow with scattered fruit trees, poor grasslands were arranged. Several ponds were created (different carp kinds, pond shells, bitterlings, common rudds, crayfish etc.). A small, natural tree group has gathered itself with birches and alders

Waste Management

Waste Concept: 

  • Avoidance of waste during purchase, outer packaging is taken back by the distributor when possible. Reusable packaging is preferred. Waste separation can be found everywhere. 
  • for e.g. kitchen: compostable waste is brought to the own compost, food (noodles, bread, rice etc.) are given to the chickens. Everything else is added to the organic waste collection bin. 
  • for e.g. rooms: handwash and bath additives in large packages, as well as handmade soap are available
  • for e.g. service: cloth napkins instead of paper napkins, service plates instead of lots of table linen
  • Instruction and education of employees
  • Recycling depot: paper, glass, recyclables etc. 

Radiation free

  • The hosts Erwin and Anja Rückerl focuses on a vacation without electric smog and offer the first radiation-free vacation home in Germany. 
  • The slope house was measured in all four levels of the electromagnetic field and received the high-class seal EMF "green electromagnetics". 
  • With the measurement, value was particularly placed of a detailed measurement around the beds to allow a deep and stress free sleep to guests. 

Energy and Water Consumption

  • Water management: own well 90 metres deep for drinking water. 
  • Water treatment: all the wastewater is purified in the own membrane plant and is further used for lavatory flush and watering the garden. 
  • The own well feeds the ponds. 

Food and Production

  • Own garden (fruit, herbs, vegetables, nuts) that are used in the kitchen
  • Always on the lookout for regional producers: 
  • Currently, Hofgut Hafnerleiten is supplied with goat cheese, fruit brandy, juices and lamb by small manufacturers from the neighbourhood.
  • Delivery of food is combined. Only a few main suppliers for the whole purchase that minimizes weekly deliveries.