Weingarten 1897

Something’s happening on the Moselle: innovative young winegrowers are reviving the rather dusty image of Germany’s oldest wine region, and hosts like the owners of Weingarten 1897 are bringing a breath of fresh air with plenty of creative ideas to the area. Interior designer Betty Kratz and communications designer Markus Kratz have combined their professional nous and love of wine by converting an old winegrowers’ lodge into a guesthouse.

The carefully renovated building – situated in Zeltingen, Rhineland-Palatinate, at the foot of a vineyard and only a few minutes’ walk from the banks of the Moselle – looks traditional from the outside. Inside, however, there are four unique holiday apartments of different sizes and with individual character. Lovingly furnished, they combine modern design with a strong sense of the history of the building.  They are each named after imaginary inhabitants: the apartment Kapitän und Moselfischer Fritzi Bur has a maritime flavour (with a shower room designed as a wardrobe trunk). Kitti Schwenke is more feminine in shades of pink. In Lucy and Moritz von Breitenfeld you live in elegant country house style, and in Gesa Himmelreich under the roof you will find a light, airy atmosphere.

In addition to the apartments, guests have access to a wine cellar as well as the inner courtyard and an outdoor lounge – for barbecuing, chilling or for a snack after a hike. A few steps uphill lead to the natural garden, which was originally part of the old vineyard, where garden furniture invites you to hang out on sunny days.

What to do

Walking, hiking, cycling, wine tasting. 
The well-known villages Bernkastel-Kues and Traben-Trarbach are only a few kilometres away, but in Zeltingen you’re tucked away from the tourist hustle and bustle. In the village there are shopping facilities and numerous restaurants, cafés and wine bars.

Why we like this house

A guesthouse carefully designed down to the smallest detail, with modern interiors behind traditional walls. Situated a little apart from the hustle and bustle but very close to the famous wine locations.

This house is great for

Wine lovers and people seeking relaxation.


E-charging station

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Bettina Kratz (an interior designer) and Markus Kratz (a communications designer) are owners of the design office kplus konzept in Düsseldorf and passionate wine connoisseurs: "We spend a large part of our time travelling, in foreign places, in foreign hotels and beds. And we are always happy to find accommodation that makes us feel comfortable, and makes us smile with its special details – beyond the gummy bear on the pillow. We wanted to create such a place ourselves – a favourite place – with Weingarten 1897. We've managed to create four such spaces here: each of them very different in size and furnishings; each of them inspiring, homely and cosy ..."


Region DE – Germany, Zeltingen
Design Weingarten 1897
Scenery At the foot of a vineyard and only a few minutes’ walk from the banks of the Moselle
Number of guests Max. 2 in each of the 4 apartments
Completed 2019
Architect Bettina and Markus Kratz, Düsseldorf
Published Wohnen & Garten 07/2020
Architecture Historical, Old & new
Accomodation Apartment
Criteria 1-2 (house/apartment), Garden, Hiking, Lake/river, Urban, Wine, Workation, EV-charging station

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  1. Wir waren zu Gast bei Kitti Schwenke – ein rosaroter Urlaub an der Mosel! Wir hatten eine sehr gute Zeit in der kleinen Bleibe und haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Klein, aber fein lässt es sich sehr gut aushalten und im Herbst ist die Region einfach traumhaft. Sehr geschmackvoll ist das gesamte Haus hergerichtet, sodass man sich gleich wohl fühlt. Die Auswahl an Wein und kleinen Snacks im Weinkeller ist perfekt; der Weingarten mit Sitzmöglichkeiten ist wunderhübsch – im Sommer bestimmt ein toller Ort für ein Buch mit Weinschorle in der Sonne.
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  2. Weingarten, sprichwörtlich. Trauben begleiten nicht nur an den Hängen, sondern bis ins Haus. Ob in der Pergola oder im Flaschenlager, Möglichkeiten zum Genuss sind reichlich. Die Whg., Lucy und Moritz von Breitenfeld, ist klassisch, gemütlich und mit Pfiff eingerichtet. Komfort, gepaart mit Stil – klasse.
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