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Haus Schminke

The villa on the eastern edge of the Lusatian mountains rises like a ship into the English gardens. This spectacular example of modern architecture was designed by Hans Scharoun in the 1930s for the Schminke manufacturering family. Haus Schminke is one of the most outstanding examples of the “New Building” or “International Style”, it was declared a listed building in 1978. The villa is as extravagant as it is functional. An unobstructed view and the uncomplicated maintenance were important concerns of the owner. For this reason, all of the living spaces are oriented to the south and open up to the small park. Generous window areas flood the rooms with light. They are furnished in a puristic way – nothing disturbs the effect of the architecture.

Note: Overnight accommodation for one or more nights is possible from Thursday to Sunday.

Photos: Ralf Ganter

What to do

Individual guided tours of the house by appointment, independent tour with the audio guide; Löbau is located in the centre of the tri-border area where Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland meet; from here you can easily explore the Upper Lusatia holiday region and the Nature Park Zittauer Gebirge.

Why we like this house

Here you can experience how it is like to live in an architectural icon.

This house is great for

Fans of architecture! Study groups are welcome.


Region DE – Germany, Saxony, Löbau
Name Haus Schminke
Scenery Stadtrand
Number of guests 7 people (12 with extra beds)
Completed 1933
Design Hans Scharoun
Published Iconic Houses, AD Germany 9/2020, 6/2017, Architekturzeitung (AZ), Wikipedia
Specials Architectural monument with accommodation
Architecture Listed building - new, Modern classic
Accomodation House
Criteria 8+ (house/apartment), Garden


One Comment

Edda Herwig sagt:
Wir haben im Oktober 2023 von Donnerstag bis Samstag eine wunderbare Zeit im Haus Schminke verlebt. Eine sehr gute Führung durch das Gebäude zu Beginn bringt einem die Geschichte und die Bewohner nahe und schon beim Eintreten in das Haus fängt einen die besondere Atmosphäre ein. Ganz unterschiedliche Lichtimpressionen über den Tag und eine spektakuläre Beleuchtung nachts sorgen für gute Stimmung. Dass sich die Bauherren Schminke und der Architekt Hans Scharoun vor dem Bauen intensiv und ausführlich austauschten, merkt man dem Haus an. Es ist ein tolles Gefühl, dort übernachten und es am Abend inklusive Garten genießen zu können. So haben wir mit unseren Freunden sehr schönen entspannte Stunden mit musikalischer Begleitung auf dem Försterflügel (die Benutzung war erlaubt) verbracht. Schön und sehr großzügig, dass man diese ikonische Villa für kurze Zeit bewohnen darf.
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