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/Town DE – Germany, Saxony, Löbau
Name Haus Schminke
Scenery Stadtrand
Number of guests 7 people (12 with extra beds)
Completed 1933
Design Hans Scharoun
Published AD Germany 9/2020, 6/2017, Architekturzeitung (AZ), Wikipedia
Special Features Architectural monument with accommodation
Architecture Listed building - new, Modern classic
Accomodation House
Criteria 1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), 1-8 (house/apartment), 8+ (house/apartment), Garden


Write a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
For booking enquiries, please contact the respective accommodation. How does HOLIDAYARCHITECTURE work? Read our FAQ.