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There are many things you could call Vienna. Beautiful is one. Traditional is another. An orgy for the eyes wouldn’t be pushing it too far. But forward-thinking? That doesn’t come so easily.
So imagine the surprise on learning that an innovative new wooden skyscraper – including a hotel as part of it – is going to be built in… Vienna!
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The original ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, 120 miles above the Arctic Circle in Northern Sweden has just reopened (in -31F temperatures) for its 24th year. As happens every year, artists from around the world are invited to design the hotel's 13 suites. They each spent about a month on their suites and here's what they came up with.
Last year Christian Strömqvist and Karl-Johan Ekeroth of PINPIN Studios designed a room with a Star Trek theme; this year's creation is (what they describe as)
"a Frankenstein-esque art suite titled It’s Alive! They welcome you into the laboratory of a crazy scientist, complete with mysterious gadgets, huge tesla coils, a hatch in the ceiling and a bed where the monster can come alive...a visually exiting scenography and lets the visitors decide for themselves if they want to play the part of the monster or of the scientist. In this room, a quite scary story is turned into a humoristic and positive, yet thrilling, experience ... Just like Dr Frankenstein created life from dead materials with the help of lightning."
Hotel Chatter admits a soft spot for Swedes, what with the bounty of pop culture gifts with which they've furnished the world (like, you know, Robyn, IKEA, and The Fun Theory campaign). The notably upbeat Scandinavians harbor a mutual love for aspects of American culture, such as…sourdough bread?
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This video also has some narration to it so adjust accordingly if you're at work!
First, you might be asking yourself, “what exactly is a glockenspiel, actually?” We’re glad you asked. A glockenspiel is a set of bells or metal bars that you can use to play a tune. It’s sort of like a xylophone, only kookier, and a lot more fun.
While on a recent trip to Germany’s winemaking Rheingau region, we got the chance to stay at the Breuer’s Ruedesheimer Schloss Hotel in the picturesque riverside town of Ruedesheim am Rhein. The hotel has a real-life clock tower glockenspiel that peals out four German drinking tunes (the favorites of the current owner, Heinrich's, father) on the hour every hour. We worried that the sharp tones would wake us up a little earlier than we’d like after a day (and night) of sampling the region’s famous Rieslings, but the bells only ring from 10:00am-10:00pm, so we were assured of a good night’s sleep.