Waldkirchen in the Upper Palatinate region of Bavaria is not only a pilgrimage site, but also a destination for art and architecture lovers now that its former parish has been rebuilt in style. The ensemble of a church and parish buildings is situated on a steep hill, offering fantastic views over the wide landscape. Gallery owner Michael Zink has converted the former barn into an exhibition and gallery space. The building, designed by Swiss architectural firm Atelier Dimanche, blends in harmoniously with the rural surroundings: the quarry stone walls and larch wood slats which conceal the windows are reminiscent of the old barn. Inside, a high, wide space with a minimalist feel opens up before you, in which red Cotto tiles and exposed concrete meet glass and steel. 

On the first floor you will find the gallery and also have access to the roof terrace. On the top floor there is an artist’s studio and an the Atelierapartment for holiday guests. Its 45 m2 are open-plan and so cleverly divided that, in addition to the living, cooking, dining and sleeping area, there is also room for a spacious bathroom with a free standing bathtub. Visual axes and views visually enlarge the room. The dormers facing north and south feature floor-to-ceiling windows. When these are open, you feel like you’re looking out from an airy viewing platform. You won’t only find contemporary art on the walls of the apartment: through an interior window you can see into the seven-meter-high exhibition room of the gallery.

A second apartment is located on the ground floor of the thoughtfully restored old rectory. A 100 m2 holiday apartment has been created in the rooms of the old vicarage office, with a bedroom, a living room with sleeping accommodation and a kitchenette, which also offers wonderful views of the landscape. The furnishings are rustic and rural, in keeping with the style of the old house, combined with modern elements and contemporary art.

What to do

Waldkirchen is situated on one of the northern foothills of the Upper Palatinate Jura highlands. Cycling, hiking, walking in the immediate vicinity takes you through some of the most beautiful parts of the region with wonderful flora and fauna. In the nearby Altmühltal valley, all kinds of leisure activities, from river trips by canoe or kayak, historical excursions along the Limes frontier, to archaeological searches for traces of the Jura quarries, are exciting activities for young and old adventurers alike. The UNESCO World Heritage city of Regensburg, a medieval jewel, is about 45 minutes away; Nuremberg, rich in history and with numerous museums, is about 55 minutes away. If you are interested in contemporary art, then you are already there. 

Why we like this house

Historic and new architecture, contemporary art and a wide landscape combine to create a location that is as unusual as it is stimulating. 

This house is great for

Single travellers, couples and small families, with or without pets. Art lovers and all those who appreciate the proximity to nature and tranquillity. 

Details of the property

Region/Town: DE – Germany, Bavaria, Waldkirchen in the Upper Palatinate

Name: Petersberg - apartments

Scenery: On a hill of the Upper Palatinate Jura surrounded by beautiful landscape

Accommodation: Apartment

Number of guests: "Atelierapartment": max. 2 guests. Apartment in the old rectory: max. 3-4 guests;

Architecture: Old & new, Listed building - old

Completed: 2019

Design: Mathieu Robitaile and Tamara Henry, Flanthey

Special Features: With a little more time and with advance reservation you can distil your own schnapps in the in-house distillery. The terrace and the winter garden are also available for event bookings and small celebrations.


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