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HelenUnited States of America

The Bavarian-style pitched-roof houses, cuckoo clocks and Oktoberfest might sound like the Alps, but this riverside village is actually in the Appalachians.

Discover a little slice of Alpine Bavaria in Helen, a cozy town on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Stroll down streets lined with half-timbered houses and traditional pubs in this enchanting getaway, where the South meets Southern Germany. Nestled in the valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Helen features a remarkable backdrop of wooded hills and nature reserves. Explore forest trails, pristine waterways and vine-laced hillsides in this picturesque corner of northern Georgia.

Get acquainted with Helen’s Alpine character when you stroll through the re-created Bavarian Village. Learn about the village’s history, which includes Cherokee Indian heritage, gold-mining settlers and a local logging industry. Find over 200 specialty and import stores showcasing a range of souvenirs, gifts and handicrafts. Purchase candles, blown glassware, cuckoo clocks or hand-woven quilts. Have a delicious meal at one of the restaurants and pubs, which serve traditional German and Southern American fare. If you’re visiting in September or October, experience Helen’s Oktoberfest celebrations and sample tasty imported beers. For local flavors, check out Habersham Winery or the Nora Mill Granary.

Visit Unicoi State Park & Lodge and experience Helen’s beautiful backyard. The park has an exciting network of hiking and biking trails, as well as the magnificent Unicoi Lake, ideal for summertime swimming, boating and kayaking. Go fishing from the wheelchair-accessible docks or cast a line in the trout streams. Select from plenty of picturesque spots to spread out a picnic and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. If you’re feeling energetic, hike through the woods in the Chattahoochee National Forest and reach the tumbling Anna Ruby Falls.

Helen is located in northeastern Georgia. It is 86 miles (139 kilometers) from Atlanta's international airport. Stay in a quaint German-style resort or Alpine chalet or book a room in a motel. The town is busiest in the fall, when the leaves of the Chattahoochee Forest are turning and Oktoberfest is in full swing.

Where to stay in Helen

Top hotels in Helen

Forrest Hills Mountain Resort
Forrest Hills Mountain Resort
3.5 out of 5
135 Forrest Hills Road, Dahlonega, GA
The price is £96 per night from 30 Nov to 1 Dec

Situated in the mountains, this spa resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Gold City Corral, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Amicalola Falls and Montaluce Winery & Restaurant. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (515 reviews)

"Such a beautiful and romantic spot 15 minutes from Dahlonega. Hidden place and reasonably priced. Loved the food, outdoor hot tub (almost private), breathtaking scenery, horses etc. last but not least fantastic customer service."…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2020

Forrest Hills Mountain Resort
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Helen, GA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Helen, GA
2.5 out of 5
877 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA
The price is £67 per night from 2 Dec to 3 Dec

Located in the heart of Helen, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Helen Festhalle and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Chattahoochee National Forest. Helen Arts & Heritage ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (973 reviews)

"Property was well maintained inside and out. Plenty of parking. Staff was friendly but not always available."…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Helen, GA
Baymont by Wyndham Helen
Baymont by Wyndham Helen
2.5 out of 5
8220 South Main Street, Helen, GA
The price is £54 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec

Situated in Helen, this golf motel is within a 15-minute walk of Charlemagne's Kingdom and Helen Tubing & Helen Water Park. Unicoi State Park and Chattahoochee ...

3.9/5Good! (970 reviews)

"hot tub in room was nice for a couple. cleaniness could be better"…"

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2020

Baymont by Wyndham Helen
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Helen

Flexible Cancellation, Professional Cleaning! Enjoy an Affordable Getaway
Flexible Cancellation, Professional Cleaning! Enjoy an Affordable Getaway
14 Lovers Ln, Sautee Nacoochee, GA

Situated in a rural location, this historic cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Chattahoochee National Forest and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Unicoi State Park. Helen Waterpark ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (150 reviews)
Clean, private cabin right outside of Helen Georgia.

"Convenient place to stay if you are in Helen Georgia. Had everything we needed. My only complaint was that the mattresses were very crunchy feeling and felt like we were sleeping on plastic. Every time we turned over in bed it sounded like we were sliding across a balloon. It was a cute cabin and ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Nov 2020

Flexible Cancellation, Professional Cleaning! Enjoy an Affordable Getaway
Bear Creek Lodge and Cabins Helen Ga.
Bear Creek Lodge and Cabins Helen Ga.
3.5 out of 5
219 Escowee Dr, Helen, GA

Situated on the riverwalk, this cabin is within a 15-minute walk of Chattahoochee National Forest and Unicoi State Park. Helen Festhalle and Alpine Helen/White ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (14 reviews)

"Privacy. But still close to town if you want to go on an adventure."…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2020

Bear Creek Lodge and Cabins Helen Ga.
Romantic Getaway Cozy Cabin 1BR 1BA Hot Tub Jacuzzi Pet Friendly
Romantic Getaway Cozy Cabin 1BR 1BA Hot Tub Jacuzzi Pet Friendly
2129 Dean Mountain Road, Cleveland, GA

Situated in Cleveland, this romantic cabin is within 9 miles (15 km) of Yonah Mountain Vineyards, Serenity Cellars and Lake Laceola. Smithgall Woods State Park ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Very Romantic -True Romance

"My husband and I absolutely loved this property. Was a very quiet, semi secluded cabin get away for just us two. The second night we saw deer on the way into the cabin. The second morning we heard turkey's gobbling in the distance at dawn. We are very outdoor type people. Loved driving our truck ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2020

Romantic Getaway Cozy Cabin 1BR 1BA Hot Tub Jacuzzi Pet Friendly
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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