Refugium Betzenstein

Betzenstein is a small historical town in the middle of the Franconian Switzerland Nature Park. On a slope on the outskirts of the town, you will find Refugium Betzenstein, a modern bio-passive house. A longhouse with a double saddle roof, its design incorporates the traditional forms and materials of the region and interprets them in a modern and linear style. With its uniform slate cladding of the façade and roof, this archetypically shaped house takes on a monolithic appearance. The dark upper floor is contrasted by the white plastered ground floor. Here you will find two 45 square meter barrier-free apartments, which open out with floor-to-ceiling windows onto the terrace. Each apartment is comprised of a large room with a sleeping area and living area that includes sofa, dining table and kitchenette. Ecological aims and the creation of a comfortable climate were of great importance in the building’s construction: from renewable, healthy and environmentally friendly building materials, through to solar power and natural outdoor designs. Nature also plays an important role in its playful interior design: stairs and room dividers display grass-like visuals and birch trunks and cowhide rugs serve as decoration.

What to do

The Franconian Switzerland Nature Park is a romantic middle mountain landscape with unique flora and fauna, fascinating rock formations and over 1,000 (dripstone) caves. Sports activities: hiking, climbing, canoeing, cycling, mountain biking and golf. Cultural highlights: One of the most important castle regions in Central Europe, the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage City of Bamberg, the Medieval City of Nuremberg, the Festival city of Bayreuth, and the region with the world's highest concentration of breweries.

Why we like this house

A stylish eco-house without an overdone "eco-aesthetic".

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