Posts Tagged ‘architecture’
Step Back in Time in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is pure storybook Germany. This city is a maze of winding cobblestone streets filled with crooked half-timbered buildings that look like they’ve been plucked right out of a fairytale. Encircled by old town walls made of stone, the city still retains its distinct medieval feel. There are old clock towers, fancy wrought iron signs, and flower pots spilling with blooms.
The Romantic Road
Although Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a small town, it’s far from off the tourist radar. This is due in part to its strategic location along the Romantische Straße, or “Romantic Road,” a title created by travel agents to describe the 220 mile stretch of highway between Würzburg and Füssen in southern Germany, which is filled with quintessential German towns and castles. Formerly a trade route in medieval times, the Romantic Road now serves as a principal tourist artery though Southern Germany.
Slow Down and Taste the Wine in Bacharach: Germany’s Rhine Valley Hideaway
Germany produces some of the best white wines in the world. The Middle Rhine Valley is a storybook paradise of crumbling castles and vineyards clinging to cliffs peppered with small towns. The best way to see the Rhine Valley is either by train, boat, or bike—all routes that hug the river for spectacular views. Out of the small towns that line the Middle Rhine Valley, Bacharach is our top pick for an overnight stay.
With the city taking its name from Bacchus, the God of wine, Bacharach has long been a trading center for wine. During the Middle Ages the rocky bottleneck in the Rhine River near Bacharach wasn’t navigable to big ships, so wine had to be transported on small boats to be loaded onto big ships in Bacharach’s harbor. Needless to say, the town prospered. These days big ships pass right by Bacharach without stopping, but it’s the tourist boats that now flood this quiet town. Outside tourist season, Bacharach is peaceful and sleepy, the perfect place to wander among half-timbered leaning buildings.
When people plan a trip to Germany, most head for Berlin. Hightail it to Munich. Fly into Frankfurt. Head for picturesque Heidelberg. All good options…but Germany is also brimming with small towns that are perfect for slowing down, soaking up the history of a place, discovering lesser visited art treasures, and simply enjoying the finer things in life—by which I mean food and wine, of course. The following series of articles will highlight 3 dynamic cities to add to your next Germany travel itinerary.
Delve into Art in the Franconian Wine City of Würzburg
Würzburg is known for great wine and great art. Located in Franconian wine country, Würzburg is filled with wine bars and a skyline dominated by rolling vineyards. Here wine lovers will find everything from vineyard hikes to wine festivals and plenty of wineries and cellars to visit for wine tastings.
We couldn’t get over all the great doors of Dublin we came across while walking around the city. Dublin doors can be charming, colorful and quaint. Here’s a selection of some of our favorites:
The second you step into the historic Union Station Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, you feel the grandeur of this luxury hotel’s 65-foot stained glass ceilings, rich woodwork, and timeless beauty. Situated within walking distance of the bustling honky-tonks Music City is famous for, Union Station Hotel is the perfect place to rest your head after a night out on the town. The lobby’s classic architecture welcomes you into this former transportation hub, and around every corner there is a set of colorful leather chairs that invite quiet conversation.
The Dog Bark Park Inn is a charming bed & breakfast in Cottonwood, Idaho where you get to sleep inside a giant beagle!
Entering the body of the beagle from a second floor deck, guests will discover decorative furnishings carved by chainsaw artists Dennis & Frances and dog-shaped cookies waiting on the pillows. Up another level inside the head of the dog is a loft where you can sleep right in the muzzle of the Beagle, making for a truly remarkable stay.
Find out more at Dog Bark Park Inn.
In the winter resort of Arosa, Switzerland, at the Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Swiss architect Mario Botta has designed a wellness complex filled with pools, a rock grotto, spa suites, a fitness center, meditation rooms, and sun terraces, plus health and beauty facilities. The wintertime juxtaposition of snow pierced by glass creates a magical atmosphere, perfect for rejuvenation.
Imagine slumbering way up high in a tree amid a soundtrack of birds and windows that show off sky. Well you can do just that at the Treehotel, located near the arctic circle in the tiny Swedish village of Harads. A town with a population of only 600, this is the perfect place to reconnect with nature in a truly unique way.
In a busy city packed with people, Italian architect Gaetano Pesce has designed a garden that reaches skyward. Crawling up the walls of a building filled with restaurants, shops, and office space, Pesce’s upward-sprawling garden houses 80 varieties of plants, all above street level.
[ via Fresh Home ]
Check out this stone house in the mountains of Fafe, Portugal!