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HeuttenPalast - Enjoy the great indoors

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heuttenpalastHere at Startacus we love quirky, wacky and unusual things (I know shock-horror right?) We also love it when passionate, innovative and ambitious folks put their great idea to the test and create something marvellous.

So you can imagine our sheer delight when we came across a budget hotel in Berlin, created by a pair of innovative friends, where the guests stay in indoor caravans and wooden huts, set within a former vacuum cleaner factory… wow!

The hotel is the brainchild of by Silke Lorenzen and Sarah Vollmer, one a seasoned world traveller and the other a product designer, who in a fit of heroic creativity went in search of an abandoned building to establish a space where the could give full voice to their idea for an “Agency For Everything”.

With no precise idea of what form an “Agency For Everything” would take (but knowing that they simply had to create it) they embarked on a journey which saw this old factory transformed into one of Berlin’s most talked about spaces!

“We wanted to create by working with all the skills we had. Moving things. Sharing enthusiasm. Combining our skills and creating space for creative exchange. A place where people from the whole world meet and feel good..fulfilling wishes”.

Heuttenpalast (which is German for “Hut Palace”) is truly one of the most unusual places that we have ever come across... the work of two creative minds on constructive overdrive. It’s a budget hotel (of sorts) which turns our notions of “hotel”, “campsite”, “backpacking”, “indoors” and “outdoors” completely on its head.

That’s right - at Heuttenpalast you can get back to nature and enjoy the relaxing social trappings of camping without ever setting a foot outdoors. For many of you this will probably sound like an exercise in futility. “Surely camping indoors is just normal life?” However we think their rather fab retro look combined with the sheer oddity of staying in a caravan in an old vacuum cleaner factory makes Heuttenpalast a marvellous idea. What’s more, a step beyond the threshold of your caravan or hut will allow you to mix with other travellers in search of a novelty hotel experience.

heuttenpalast 2But fear not, mother nature hasn't been entirely abandoned in this new form of camping for the modern age. For those who are not entirely averse to all things open-air there is a stunning bio-friendly garden with all manner of herbs, fruits, vegetables and other edible goodies. Inside too these ambitious ladies are lending the environment a helping hand with all of the caravans being saved from the scrapheap with many using recycled, upcycled and freecycled fixtures and fittings!

Sounds to us like it’s a mighty fine place from which to explore the beautiful German capital and all its diversions.

To find out more about Heuttenpalast, or indeed to find out more about Silke and Sarah’s inspiring story, why not have a little nosey at their website?

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Published on: 18th February 2014

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