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I am married to the love of my life and am finally able to shower him with all of the attention he deserves. I am now retired and living the life here in Europe. I am an American, he is an Australian, and this is our second overseas address. The first was Shanghai, China and now Munich, Germany. Come along and live the life with us as we continue our adventure of discovering all Europe has to offer.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011


If your idea of a holiday is to live inside a sewage pipe, then have I got the place for you!  Das Park Hotel in Austria is just you kind of place.  There are 3 concrete drain pipes in a public park in Ottensheim.  The rooms are two meters across with storage, light, a bed, and blankets.  Sorry, no windows, but there is a sky light and a small window for air.  Andreas Strauss built these in 2004.  The designer had Austrian artist Thomas Latzel Ochoa put the paintings on the far wall with a coat of varnish to protect them.  Voila!  Living space!

I could see many uses for this type of living area.  Backpackers come to mind, youth hostel, campers and curiousity seekers.  The space stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer so there is no need for air con.

The hotel is located in a public park so you wouldn't have to go far for entertainment.  They give you a key after you have made your deposit and the room is yours, just like in a real hotel.  It has an advantage in that you wouldn't be disturbed by your neighbor with paper thin walls.  My only question is this:  "Where do you go to the loo?"


Betty said...

That last question was mine too. Some people might like this, but me? Not so much. I need luxury. :)

blueviolet said...

It's kinda cool, but like you said...the loo is a problem that must be solved!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Yikes I would feel like the walls were caving in....need a window! Cool idea for the young at mind.

Shawn said...

My question too! Looks beautiful but once the door was closed, I would probably have a panic attack!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

They are kinda cute. I think it's a great idea!!!

Anonymous said...

Definitely not for the claustrophobic!

Sienna said...

It can not be any worse than the ice hotels that they build.

Formerly known as Frau said...

I awarded you a lovely award on my blog...no pressure

Joyce said...

Hmmm...this is different : )

By Word of Mouth Musings said...

Like the skylight, assuming it does not have a chamberpot under the bed lol!