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NEWS ABOUT LIFE, STYLE & HOTELS ISSUE NO 02/2015

MOVING CITIES AMSTERDAM BERLIN BOLZANO BRUSSELS BUDAPEST COPENHAGEN

GRAZ HAMBURG ISTANBUL LINZ

LONDON MILAN MUNICH

PARIS ROTTERDAM STOCKHOLM STUTTGART VIENNA


/ IN THIS ISSUE /

THE STYLE MATES

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/ EDITORIAL & STYLEMATES IN THIS ISSUE /

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/ OPENING / HOTEL SCHANI, VIENNA

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/ BERLIN & MUNICH / H‘OTELLO

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/ BEYOND CITIES /

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/ PARIS : LONDON / MOVING CITIES

10 / GRAZ / EXPLORING THE CITY 11 / ROOMZ GRAZ / ENERGIZED BY ROOMZ 12 / A GRAZER IN LINZ / MATTHIAS IBERER 13 / RELAX & DRIVE / 14 / CITIES OF DESIGN / 16 / LÁNCHÍD 19, BUDAPEST / A BEACON ON THE DANUBE 17 / HAMBURG / FRESH NUTS FOR COOL BARS 17 / V8 HOTEL, STUTTGART / CLASSICS AND MODERN CLASSICS 18 / SPA / SOAPSUDS AND GINSENG 19 / RUGS TELL STORIES / 20 / STYLEMATE MUST HAVE / 22 / NEW MEMBERS /

What is your favourite city? We asked ourselves this question, and also put it to the people who live there – your stylemates. This issue is dedicated to Cities of Design and cities of diversity, and the contrasts that make a city.

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Join us as we explore cultural differences, spa havens, the secret fashion hotspots and culinary delights… until you – like us – no longer know where your favourite city really is – until you‘ve been there. Why not make your first destination: www.lifestylehotels.net Happy reading! Thomas Holzleithner & Hardy Egger Editors

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Benedikt Komarek Vienna

Simeon Schad Stuttgart

Britta Olbrich Berlin

Stephan Lanzer Graz

Matthias Iberer Linz, Graz

Harald Geba Graz

Dagmar D. Noe London

Philippe Vaurs Paris

Thomas Schartel Graz

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Stefan Willensdorfer Graz

Denis Burghardt Hamburg

Edit Rozsos Budapest

Mrs. & Mr. Gartner Meran

Eberhard Schrempf UNESCO Cities of Design

Karl Stocker Graz

Patrick Steger Gsies Valley


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THE QUARTIER BELVEDERE IS A 25,000 M² NEW DISTRICT OF VIENNA. RIGHT BESIDE THE MAIN RAILWAY STATION, MODERN OFFICES AND FLATS, THE FIRST COWORKING HOTEL IS BEING CREATED.

Vienna: ”Schani, take out the garden“ –

Sustainability

„Schani, trag den Garten hinaus“ – with

Sustainability is the underlying principle of

this old Viennese saying, the boss of 200

everyday operation. Take the hotel air con-

years ago would tell his underlings to set

ditioning system, for example: an induction

up the tables in the „Schanigarten“ seating

system extracts the ambient air, which is

area in front of his hostelry. This was a sign

then cooled or heated as required. The

that spring had come.

hotel received GreenBuilding status from

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SMARTPHONE ROOM KEYS

the European Commission while still unApril 2015 will see the first tables in the

der construction.

”Schanigarten“ of Hotel Schani, in the heart of Quartier Belvedere. The hotel‘s

Cooperation

name is not the only link between the

The co-working space, the hotel lobby,

traditional and the modern. ”The typical

serves as a meeting room and a venue

Viennese woven seat pattern – the ”Wie-

for networking. Twenty fixed desks are

ner Geflecht“, ”Achteckgeflecht“ or ”Wa-

available that can be hired as required.

bengeflecht“ – is part of the hotel façade design, reminiscent of your granny‘s ro-

Accessibility

cking chair,“ explains Benedikt Komarek,

Comfort and full disabled access. Your

director of the Hotel Schani. ”Our lobby

smartphone is your room key and is also

is a great co-working space where both

used for checking in and out. A backup

guests and local businesspeople have the

solution is available for guests without

chance to work together and swap ideas.

smartphones. STOP

This is an ideal opportunity for networking and meetings, and there are also individual desks to hire. Visitors can also retreat into quiet corners – we offer the peace and relaxation of your own living room,“ says Komarek. The hotel philosophy is based

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on the five basic principles of co-working: Openness Openness to all cultures, ideas and technical innovations. This is typical of Vienna, a city that offers not just world-famous classical music, but also a host of events away from the mainstream. Here are just a few examples: poetry slams, the Klezma Festival, the Gürtel Night Walk, the Donaukanaltreiben Festival, the Balkan Fever Festival and Design Week. 3.

Community The hotel is not just for accommodation: it also hosts events and exhibitions by Viennese start-ups and artists.

more information: www.lifestylehotels.net/schani

1. Mag. Benedikt Komarek, manager of Hotel Schani GmbH Photo: 1, 2, 3, Johannes Brunnbauer, Markus Wache

 INSIDER TIPS:

District 2 (2. Bezirk), Praterstraße: Great design at Stilwerk District 6 (6. Bezirk), Mariahilfer Straße: Sheep‘s cheese ice cream at Greissler‘s organic ice cream parlour District 7 (7. Bezirk), Lindengasse: Designer boutiques, pop-up shops and delicatessens

3. Foto: Frank Praxmarer


/ BERLIN & MUNICH / BERLIN Area 891,8 km² Population C. 3,5 Mio. Number of museums 170 Most famous shopping districts Kurfürstendamm Creative and artists‘ quarter Savignyplatz Britta Olbrich‘s insider tip A visit to the Autorenbuchhandlungen – author-run bookshops – in the S-Bahn railways arches at Savignyplatz MUNICH Area 310,4 km² Population C. 1,4 Mio. Number of museums 16 Most famous shopping districts Kaufinger Straße Creative and artists‘ quarter Glockenbachviertel Britta Olbrich‘s insider tip A tea ceremony in the Japanisches Teehaus tea house in the Englischer Garten (spring only, on certain Sundays)

CHIC AND STYLISH  TEXT NICOLE SCHWAR

„Each district of Berlin has its very own

THE H’OTELLO GROUP‘S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: COOL LOUNGE SOUNDS, SUN

symbolises the bohemian flair of the met-

TERRACES AND PERFECT LOCATIONS – HOTELS IN BERLIN AND MUNICH ARE

ropolis and is extremely popular with peo-

charm. The cosmopolitan Savignyplatz

PART OF EACH CITY‘S BEATING HEART. SO WHAT DEFINES EACH HOTEL? AND EACH CITY?

ple from the arts and creative scene,“ enthuses Britta Olbrich, manager of Berlin‘s H’Otello. Small wonder that she is happy: true to the hotel chain‘s philosophy, the K’80 is situated in the very centre of town in a popular, trendy, vibrant district. Nothing could be handier for guests looking to use their „temporary home“ as a springboard for shopping, sightseeing and entertainment. About Berlin… Few cities are simultaneously dealing with their past, living out their diverse, vibrant present and moving firmly into the future – but Berlin is definitively one of them. A host of

 BERLIN

fascinating sights await visitors to the Ger-

H’Otello K’80 on Savignyplatz

man capital, such as the Brandenburg Gate

 MUNICH

and the modern Potsdamer Platz. A unique

H’Otello F’22 in Schwabing H’Otello H’09 in Schwabing H’Otello B’01 on Gärtnerplatz

feature of Berlin is that there is not just one centre, but a whole range of trendy districts to visit. These are known as the „Kieze“. Munich for everyone Munich can rival Berlin, and not only in terms of the number of districts: the city has 25 municipal districts with a total of 108 areas. Alongside the famous Münchner Hofbräuhaus brewery, the Allianz Arena and the BMW Welt are a delight for football fans and car enthusiasts. Art lovers should schedule in at least one day for the Pinakotheken, which are among the most famous art collections in the world. And what makes the H’Otello in Berlin different to the Munich hotels? Olbrich explains: „Cities may be different, but our passion stays the same: the love of playing host.“ STOP

Britta Olbrich, manager of H’Otello K’80 Berlin Photo: H‘Otello

Foto: www.sportresidenz-zillertal.at

more information: www.lifestylehotels.net/hotello-k80


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 TEXT MARTIN NOVAK

„LONDON IS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD,“ SAYS BORIS JOHNSON. HOWEVER, AS LONDON‘S MAYOR, HE MAY NOT BE ENTIRELY OBJECTIVE. PERHAPS JUST AS OBJECTIVE AS HIS PARISIAN COUNTERPART ANNE HIDALGO, WHO HAS ANYTHING BUT CHARMINGLY TERMED LONDON A „SUBURB OF PARIS“.

London vs. Paris is the eternal battle of the

are, however, Hyde Park and the adjoining

discovered are also constantly changing,

store Knilli in Graz) advises heading to the su-

European giants for world tourism domi-

Kensington Gardens, St. James Park and

which is why traditional travel guides are of-

burbs, where the real gems are hidden. And

nation, and one that is unlikely ever to be

Green Park, which border two sides of Bu-

ten rapidly outdated. It is worth taking a look

in Paris, of course, Colette, the world‘s first

decided. Objective sources such as the

ckingham Palace.

at current city magazines such as Time Out

concept store. And in London? „Harrods, na-

London and à Paris – they always have the

turally.“ But that is hardly an insider tip…

Mastercard Global Destination Index have London ahead in quantitative terms, but

The many smaller Parisian parks and gar-

only just: 18.7 million international overnight

dens simply cannot keep up. Even the fa-

visitors compared to 15.6 million for Paris in

mous Bois de Boulogne at the western

You can of course also rely on – naturally

London? There is no clear answer to that, un-

2014. This puts the two cities miles ahead of

edge of Paris cannot compete with the wide

subjective – insider tips. Dagmar Noe from

less you‘re a football fan: Paris SG can only

other major European cities such as Istan-

the green expanses of London.

the Morgans Hotel Group, for example, re-

come off second best to Arsenal, Chelsea,

commends the Pace Gallery in Lexington

Crystal Palace and co. For everyone else, we

On the other hand, the Eiffel Tower is

Street, not far from Piccadilly Circus. „It com-

should call it a draw. You need to have been

the most-visited monument in the world.

bines the feel of a New York loft with exciting

in both cities, and not just once. STOP

„London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation,“

Around seven million people every year

London concept art,“ explains an enthusias-

said the English (!) writer G. K. Chesterton

queue for hours to visit what used to be the

tic Noe, „and is only ten minutes from San-

around 150 years ago, avoiding stating a

highest building. A much easier option is,

derson“ – which, incidentally, belongs to the

preference for either of the two cities. The

however, to admire the modern architectural

Morgans Group (see our London hotel tip).

Beat Generation writer, Jack Kerouac, also

landmark and the Champ de Mars from the

refused to commit, but saw the situation dif-

banks of the Seine at Quai Branly – provided

Philippe Vaurs, who owns 13 Elegancia

ferently: „Paris is a woman but London is an

you are prepared to fend off (or fall victim to)

Hotels in Paris (see Paris hotel tip), is more

independent man puffing his pipe in a pub.“

the ubiquitous sellers of mini Eiffel towers.

traditional in his preferences. His favourite

bul, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Milan, Rome and Vienna.

Which does not get us much further, but

hottest events and latest trends. So who ultimately wins the match, Paris or

places are „hidden arcades and galleries.

rather adds to the fog of uncertainty.

The only argument on the side of the Tower

They often run unnoticed through blocks of

And talking about fog: were weather to play

of London and Big Ben, alias the Elizabeth

houses, restaurants or other shops and are

any part in the debate, Paris would fit the cli-

Tower (strictly speaking, Big Ben is the bell

architecturally striking.“ For bookworms and

ché slightly better, being slightly warmer and

and not the tower itself), is their much more

collectors, he recommends the Passage Ver-

also sunnier. However – and here the cliché

advanced age…

deau arcade, and for gourmets the Passage

already fails – Paris can have more rain.

des Panoramas and its unusual restaurants. Both cities also have much to offer visitors

Another tip is the elegant Galerie Vivienne

London is the greener city, thanks primarily

who are not only interested in the major,

with dozens of luxury boutiques and beautiful

to its eight royal parks. By far the largest of

well-known sights – in the Louvre and the

mosaic floors.

these is Richmond Park which covers ne-

British Museum, the Tate and the Centre

arly ten square kilometres and is home to

Pompidou, the Arc de Triomphe and Tra-

Fashion professional Stephan Lanzer (who

hundreds of deer. The most famous parks

falgar Square. The sights and sounds to be

has worked in Paris and runs the fashion

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/ MOVING CITIES /

PARIS: LONDON Morgans Hotels in London Sanderson St Martins Lane Mondrian Elegancia Hotels in Paris Hotel Crayon Rouge Hotel Odyssey Hôtel Crayon Seven Hotel Das Five Hotel One by the Five Hôtel La Parizienne Legend Hotel Idol Hotel Hôtel WO 1.

Hôtel Félicien Hidden Hotel Hôtel Armoni more information: www.lifestylehotels.net/london www.lifestylehotels.net/paris

HOTEL TIP PARIS 2.

Anything but hidden: right beside the Arc de Triomphe is the Hidden Hotel run by Philippe

Dagmar D. Noe Morgans Hotel Group

Vaurs (Elegancia Hotels). An interior fitted in quality natural materials gives this hotel an

Philippe Vaurs Elegancia Hotels

embracingly warm atmosphere. „Each of my hotels tells its own story, and the design

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helps it to do so,“ explains Vaurs. The stories LONDON HOTEL TIP:

were shaped by different designers, by ar-

„Morgans Hotels are captivating and ab-

chitects and naturally by Vaurs himself. „We

solutely stunning,“ says Dagmar Noe, Area

all had the chance to contribute our very

Director of Sales & Marketing, Sanderson &

own style. The result are vibrant concepts

St Martins Lane. For Morgans, design is the

that stir the guests‘ emotions.“

key to giving guests a unique experience. „Good design is varied, functional, innovati-

Vaurs describes his newest hotel, La Pari-

ve, aesthetic and inspiring.“ Sanderson and

zienne, as „vibrant and chic“.

St Martins Lane create a surreal fantasy: the atmosphere is stimulating, charismatic and

Elegancia Hotels are design and boutique

cult. Sanderson is not far from Oxford Street

hotels. Each has its own individual style, but

and vibrant, multicultural Soho, and St Mar-

all are linked by a shared commitment to gi-

tins Lane is just beside Covent Garden.

ving guests a unique experience. STOP

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/ LONDON CONTRASTS /

KEW GARDENS BURSTING WITH LIFE

 TEXT JASMIN NOVAK

PERHAPS IT‘S TRUE THAT LONDON IS OFTEN GREY AND MISTY, DAMP AND COOL. THAT ONLY SERIAL DEPRESSIVES

while. Kew namely has a treetop walkway.

WOULD CHOOSE TO VISIT THE BRITISH METROPOLIS FOR ITS CLIMATE. MAYBE IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN LIKE THAT, FOR

Everything smells different „up there“ than

200 YEARS AGO, JUST A FEW KILOMETRES FROM THE COLOURFUL BUZZ AND TRAFFIC CHAOS OF THE CITY CENTRE, THE BRITS BUILT A PLACE THAT IS SIMPLY BURSTING WITH LIFE – 365 DAYS A YEAR. AS YOU WOULD EXPECT FROM A GENUINE PARADISE, KEW GARDENS ARE ALWAYS AT THEIR BEST.

it does on the ground, and the trees themselves appear in different colours – as, of course, does the surrounding landscape. Kew is a menagerie.

Kew Gardens are a quite simply

the arboretum – or for the „meadows“:

was responsible for Kew Gardens‘ trans-

Which takes us to the last stage of our

unique phenomenon. Less than 45

lawns with park benches in the most idyl-

formation from pleasure garden to bota-

journey through this paradise: the many

minutes on the tube (District Line)

lic corners; whether you‘re in the mood for

nical masterpiece, was evidently a fan of

animals that live in Kew Gardens. I am not

from the centre of London is a magni-

a kilometre-long (135 year-old) palm-lined

Chinese follies in the grand style.

just talking about the countless birds you

ficent estate. Kew is life in all its colour

avenue or the formal gardens, for the rose

and diversity, and just like life, can be

garden or rhododendrons (700 different

Kew is a botanic garden.

more importantly about the thousands of

experienced from all imaginable per-

plants), or for the bamboo, lilac (!) or azalea

This means a paradise for orchid fans (glo-

wonderful, beautiful butterflies in the glass-

spectives. Professional botanists love

gardens: Kew has it all, side by side.

bally, Kew is the institution employing the

houses and – cue cries of excitement from

most orchid experts), and for lovers of al-

the zoologists among you – the many sauri-

the Seed Bank and all the expertise

see from the treetop walkway, but also and

involved; art lovers lose themselves in

Kew is a collection of glasshouses.

pine plants or plants from all the rainforests

ans, geckos etc. which also live there (plea-

the thousands of wonderful botani-

Kew is home to the largest surviving Vic-

of the world; of palms, hydrophytes and so

se forgive the brevity of this description, but

cal paintings and drawings; gardeners

torian Palm House (1849), still in excellent

many more – from the most wizened lichen

the author is not a fan of reptiles…).

make regular pilgrimages to this bota-

working order; to the Princess of Wales

to the world‘s largest bloom. Rarity upon

nical shrine; architects learn about the

Conservatory (1987) with all of ten climate

rarity: Kew is home to both the highest in-

Relax. Escape. Unwind.

best traditional and modern glasshou-

zones from desert to the most humid rain-

door palm and the oldest (very much ali-

That is the motto of Kew Gardens. And is ex-

ses. And for mere mortals, a short trip

forest all under one roof – well, umpteen

ve) pot plant in the world. Every year, the

actly what a visit to this paradise offers.STOP

into paradise renews and revitalises. Kew

strikingly slanting roofs in fact; to the small

world‘s largest water lily bloom (with a dia-

Gardens has it all. Always and for every-

but high and steeply angled Davies Alpine

meter of just over 1 metre) is produced here

one. You can rely on that.

House (2006) and to Richard Turner‘s Wa-

naturally – as are the smallest (they would

terlily House (1852). For those whose fin-

have died out without the help of the resi-

Kew is a park.

gers are anything but green, there are the

dent botanists). Another beauty is „the old

An unusually large and absolutely beauti-

buildings themselves to admire – impressi-

lion“, a ginkgo planted in 1762 whose ama-

ful landscape garden that has grown and

ve structural, technical, architectural, ener-

zing colours vary with the seasons. While

been developed over time with great skill

gy technology and ecological creations.

we‘re on the subject of colour: the next

an expertise. This is a wonderful place for

You can also get your exercise by climbing

tip could pose problems for those afraid

a romantic walk, whether you‘re hankering

the historical Chinese pagoda. Augusta of

of heights, but they should give it a try, as

for the „woods“ – at Kew this is of course

Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1719-1772), who

exposure helps and the effort is well worth

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more information: www.kew.org

Photo: Conclusio


Up: Oscar Wilde, Right: Jim Morrison Photo: Shutterstock

/ PARIS CONTRASTS /

CIMETIERE PÈRE LACHAISE A CEMETERY FOR THE LIVING

 TEXT MARTIN NOVAK

A GRAVEYARD AS A SANCTUARY FOR THE LIVING? THAT INITIALLY SOUNDS RATHER MORBID. YET PÈRE LACHAISE CEMETERY IN THE MULTICULTURAL 20TH ARRONDISSEMENT IS JUST THAT. THIS QUIET CORNER OF NATURE IN THE FRENCH CAPITAL IS THE RESTING PLACE OF FAMOUS FIGURES FROM ACROSS THE CENTURIES, FROM HONORÉ DE BALZAC TO EDITH PIAF AND JIM MORRISON.

The 20th arrondissement is not exact-

the network of paths through the cemetery,

facturer Ettore Bugatti, the German doc-

ly the most elegant part of Paris. Yet this

it is never loud. The graveyard atmosphere

tor and founder of homoeopathy, Samuel

working class district has always attrac-

even affects those who have come not to

Hahnemann, and the former Hungarian

Famous figures buried

ted immigrants – from Italy, Poland, Spain,

mourn, but to look and take photographs.

prime minister Imre Nagy. For Nagy, who

in Père Lachaise:

China and North and sub-Saharan Africa

Honoré de Balzac

– and this has created a fascinating mix of

Kisses on the gravestone

of 1956, the cemetery is, however, only a

George Bizet

cultures. Here in Belleville, Edith Piaf was

One of the most-visited graves is that of

symbolic resting place. The body of the po-

Ettore Bugatti

born. And she is still here, over 50 years

The Doors singer Jim Morrison. The grave

litician was in fact buried in a mass grave,

Maria Callas

after her death. Piaf‘s grave is one of many

is simple. Candles and flowers, and also

and subsequently reburied in a cemetery in

Claude Chabrol

that draw so many visitors to Paris to Père

graffiti, whisky bottles and even underwear

Budapest after his rehabilitation.

Frédéric Chopin

Lachaise. Over three million people visit the

„decorate“ this place of pilgrimage. For as

Eugène Delacroix

43-hectare cemetery every year, making it

long as the cemetery is open, the grave is

A trip into town is perhaps a good change

Max Ernst

one of the city‘s greatest attractions – even

literally besieged by fans, who sometimes

after this still and silent place. Although the

Samuel Hahnemann

if it cannot quite compete with the Eiffel

stage parties there to commemorate their

cemetery is not on the usual tourist trail,

Jean de La Fontaine

Tower‘s seven million.

idol.

three-quarters of an hour or so in the metro

was executed after the Hungarian revolt

takes you to the Eiffel Tower – and to the

Jean-Baptiste Molière Jim Morrison

Unlike for the Eiffel Tower and other Pa-

Other graves also draw large numbers of

expansive cityscape that planner Georges-

Georges Moustaki

risian tourist highlights, entrance to Père

visitors, although less noisy ones, for ex-

Eugène Haussmann created in the 19th

Imre Nagy

Lachaise is free. However, there are pro-

ample the grave of George Bizet, the com-

century. Perhaps you will remember just

Edith Piaf

fessional guided tours, multilingual plans

poser of Carmen, and of Frédéric Chopin,

having seen his grave in the Avenue La-

Marcel Proust

of the cemetery marking the graves of

who was himself a Polish immigrant to Pa-

térale du Nord in one of the most famous

Gioacchino Rossini

the most famous people, sorted by group

ris. The grave of the writer Oscar Wilde was

cemeteries in the world. STOP

Simone Signoret and Yves Montand

(musicians, actors, women…), and a visitor

cleaned in 2011 to remove traces of lipstick

Getrude Stein

website.

left by the kisses of fans, and has since been protected by a glass cover.

Oscar Wilde Père Lachaise was created in 1804 in the more information: www.pere-lachaise.com

style of an English landscape garden with

The list of famous names is long and is not

large trees and wide expanses of green,

limited to artists. Visitors to Père Lachaise

and even if the feet of many tourists tread

will also find the graves of the car manu-

Foto: Shutterstock

Foto: Hotel The Crystal

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/ GRAZ /

EXPLORING THE CITY GRAZ IS A CITY OF CULTURE AND OF CULINARY DELIGHTS. GUIDED TOURS ARE THE BEST WAY TO REALLY GET TO KNOW A CITY. AS WELL AS THE CLASSIC

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ROUTES, THERE ARE ALSO SPECIAL TOURS TO PLACES VISITORS WOULD NOT OTHERWISE DISCOVER.

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The classic tour takes 1.5 hours and co-

perhaps best translated as „a stroll and a

vers the most well-known sights in Graz. It

feast“! Discover everything from the rustic

takes in the narrow lanes of the Old Town,

farmers‘ market to roasts like your grand-

imposing structures and modern architec-

mother used to make them, and the very

ture.

finest desserts. Another option on Friday evenings is the beer tour.

Culinary tours: Perfect for those who want to taste as well

Evening tours:

as see, and who have a little more time

The city is magical at twilight. That is why

at their disposal. Culinary tours are gi-

special evening tours are run in the sum-

ven on Saturdays and Sundays , and the

mer, and this is a great chance to admire

theme is „schlemmen und schlendern“ –

the Grazer Kunsthaus illumination.

Foto: Klaus Vyhnalek

 OTHER CITIES, OTHER TOURS

Copenhagen has a great cycling tour. Twelve kilometres of history and culture would indeed be a little hard to manage on foot... London has a trail dedicated to the British capital‘s spectacular street art. A trail of a slightly different nature in Amsterdam takes you to the red light district. It is not suitable for children. A tour of the sewers? That‘s on offer in Paris, and is called the Third Man Tour after the Orson Welles film set in Vienna. A tour in Trabants from the former GDR that follows the line of the Berlin Wall? Of course – in Berlin. Munich has a „night watchman“ tour that takes you to the darkest corners of the city. The guide wears the historic dress of a night watchman.

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In Barcelona, homeless people show tourists their, different world. „Beyond Budapest“ is one of the tours of the Hungarian capital. Visitors discover courtyards and private gardens that are otherwise out of bounds.

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In Frankfurt am Main, one tour follows the life of high-class call girl Rosemarie Nitribitt, whose life and unsolved murder have inspired a film („Das Mädchen Rosemarie“).


Castle tours: This central landmark of the City of Graz deserves its very own tour, which takes you up the Castle Hill (by elevator). Discover the clock tower, belfry, etc. on the outside and the fascinating interior. Individual tours: For those who want to explore the city on their own but without being left entirely to their own devices, the audio guide is the perfect option. You can then decide yourself how long you want to linger and where. Holding court: The courtyards of the Old Town are legend. There are so many, it surprises even the locals! Other tours: Not only is there an endless variety of tours, you can vary your voyage of exploration with different forms of transport. Travel on foot, by bicycle, by segway PT, by cabrio coach, by vintage tram… STOP

more information: www.graztourismus.at

/ STEFAN WILLENSDORFER /

ENERGIZED BY ROOMZ FOLLOWING ROOMZ VIENNA, THE NEXT CHAPTER IN THE BUDGET HOTEL‘S STORY WAS WRITTEN IN 2012 WITH THE OPENING OF ROOMZ GRAZ. ROOMZ HOTELS COMBINE INNOVATIVE ARCHITECTURE AND MODERN FLAIR WITH FUNCTIONALITY AND EXCELLENT PRICES – FOR BOTH CITY BREAKS AND BUSINESS TRIPS.

Photo: MQ Hotelbetriebs GmbH

Stefan Willensdorfer, Thomas Schartel

Even amidst imposing buildings such as the

For city break and business guests, the bud-

also noble and historic – Graz has many dif-

One thing is clear: Graz offers enormous

Graz Messe & Stadthalle conference cen-

get design hotel offers not just a wonderful

ferent sides. UNESCO has named the city on

scope for culture in general and modern de-

tre venues, the striking aluminium façade

ambiance, but also excellent transport links

the Mur „City of Design“, and awarded World

sign in particular.

catches the eye. The very exterior suggests

and a great location: right in Graz‘s „Messe-

Cultural Heritage Site status to the Old Town

space and energy, an impression confir-

quadrant“ conference centre area. The air-

with its unique architecture. Graz is the cul-

Guests at roomz graz enjoy great prices, and

med inside with an exciting colour scheme

port is close and the Old Town just a stone‘s

tural hotspot in south-east Austria! Take the

all the benefits of staying in a completely neu-

and clever layout. The hotel also has three

throw away.

new-age, floating Murinsel „island“ or the no

tralized and energized building. STOP

less futuristic Grazer Kunsthaus gallery; anci-

flexible-use, ground-floor seminar rooms, the „atelier“ restaurant serving international cui-

Mr Willensdorfer, the hotel‘s manager, sees

ent Graz Cathedral with its Late Gothic ent-

sine, and a 24-hour bar.

Graz as „modern, young and colourful, but

ranceway, and the mediaeval fortifications.“

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/ A GRAZER IN LINZ /

FROM ONE CAPITAL OF CULTURE TO THE NEXT THE AUSTRIAN NATIONAL ICE HOCKEY PLAYER MATTHIAS IBERER HAS BEEN ABOUT THE WORLD. HE KNOWS BOTH GRAZ AND LINZ WELL, AS HE HAS PLAYED / PLAYS PROFESSIONALLY IN BOTH CITIES – AT GRAZ 99ERS AND LINZ EHC. IN OTHER WORDS, HE IS FAMILIAR WITH BOTH OF AUSTRIA‘S CAPITALS OF CULTURE.

 TEXT NICOLE SCHWAR

Linz has come far in recent years. „Being

restaurants like the Eckstein in Mehlplatz.

named European Capital of Culture in 2009

In cultural terms, too, the city on the Mur

changed the city. A centre of arts and cul-

can certainly compete with its rival on the

ture has developed in the place of grey

Danube. With the Diagonale in March, the

industrial buildings,“ says Matthias Iberer.

Styriarte in July and the Steirischer Herbst,

People from 140 different nations current-

Graz locals and tourists enjoy a rich cultural

ly live in Linz – and the culinary delights on

calendar throughout the year. STOP

offer are correspondingly varied. To Iberer, „the Danube is one of the things I love about Linz. It brings natural beauty and calm to the city, and the jogging routes are great.“ The Donaulände park beside the Danube is also home to Lentos art gallery, the Ars Electro-

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nica Center – also known as the „Museum of the Future“ – and Bruckner‘s House. This last is where the annual autumn Bruckner Festival is staged, one of the major events in the Austrian cultural calendar alongside the Wiener Festwochen and Salzburger Festspiele. The Mur is to Graz what the Danube is to Linz. The 2003 Capital of Culture also has

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its river, with Murinsel „island“ and the Kunsthaus art gallery in the heart of the city. „To me, however, historic Graz is the most special part of the city: the Old Town and Castle Hill. What I miss most is walking there with my partner and our son, and sampling the great variety of food,“ says

 PROFILE OF MATTHIAS IBERER

29 years old Born in Graz, currently living in Linz Forward at EHC Liwest Linz

Matthias Iberer. He visits his home town several times a year to see friends and family, and to enjoy Styrian cuisine. Indeed, there could not be a better place for culinary treats than Austria‘s official culinary capital. When in Graz, Iberer visits everything From

 SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS - Participation in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi - Promotion to Pool A at the 2014 World Championships for Div. 1 in South Korea

the El Gaucho to die Scherbe offering local and foreign specialities, and award-winning

 GRAZ HOTEL TIPS

- Roomz Graz - Augartenhotel art & design 1. Photo: Lee Ann Jarrett Fotografie 2., 3. Photo: EHC Liwest Black Wings Linz/Eisenbauer

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 LINZ HOTEL TIPS

- Spitz Hotel - Hotel am Domplatz

/ ISSUE NO 02 / 2015 /

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Foto: G


RELAX AND DRIVE

FEW PEOPLE HAVE THE TIME TO TEST DRIVE A CAR PROPERLY. SO IT‘S GREAT THAT THERE ARE HOTELS WHERE YOU CAN SIMPLY TAKE YOUR DREAM CAR OUT FOR A SPIN – WITH ABSOLUTELY NO PRESSURE. REALLY? ABSOLUTELY.

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NATURHOTEL WALDKLAUSE

DAS KRONTHALER

ART & SKI-IN HOTEL HINTERHAG

This design hotel in Längenfeld (Tyrol) is the

Das Kronthaler hotel lies at an altitude of

and Alpine sports region right beside the

The Art & Ski-In Hotel Hinterhag in Saalbach

first fully timbered hotel in Austria offering

around 1000 metres high up above the

slopes, Das Kronthaler is the ideal base

(Salzburg) is „exceptional“ – and that refers

„exclusive board“. Alongside 5-course gour-

roofs of Achenkirch (Tyrol). The crystal-

camp for those in search of a sporting holi-

not only to the art and timber concept, but

met meals and a weekly gala dinner, the ho-

clear waters of Lake Achen, the Karwendel

day. Guests here now also have the chance

also to the ski drive-in: its very own piste runs

tel also has extensive spa facilities. „Perfect

mountains and the Brandenberg Alps... the

to try out an elegant and sporty BMW. As

straight „into“ the hotel. And when you‘re not

for winding down and letting go,“ enthuses

panoramic views from this luxury four-star

hotel manager Günther Hlebaina tells us,

flying down the slopes, you can hit the road:

one satisfied guest on the hotel website.

hotel are quite simply breathtaking. Not for

„for guests, the chance to test drive a BMW

guests can take out the latest BMW any time

Wind down, or drive around: guests really

nothing was this the chosen location: here,

is a great perk. This is a great way to enjoy a

they want. Exquisite cuisine and fine wines

can go for a drive – borrow a BMW X5 for a

you can sense and experience the power of

wonderful drive and the beauty of the Alpine

add the finishing touch to the perfect rela-

trip around the countryside. STOP

nature, the passing of primaeval seas and

landscape.“ STOP

xing holiday. STOP

ice ages. Situated at the heart of a hiking

Photo: Hotel Hinterhag Photo: Hotel Waldklause

Getty Images

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/ CITIES OF DESIGN /

A NEW WAY OF LIVING

 TEXT MARTIN NOVAK

THE HISTORIAN, CULTURAL RESEARCHER AND EXHIBITION DIRECTOR KARL STOCKER (GRAZ, KASSEL, ISTANBUL AND KREMS) HAS VISITED MANY CITIES OF DESIGN AND PRODUCED A BOOK ABOUT HIS TRAVELS ENTITLED „THE POWER OF DESIGN“. „This is a richly illustrated book that com-

cal quarter to pulsating life with shops, bars,

Sandig. Sandig moved to the German me-

In Shanghai, he met an Austrian from Schlad-

bines ‚hard facts‘ with personal impressions

galleries and studios.

tropolis from peaceful Baden-Württemberg

ming, Ulrike Koller, who worked for the Berlin

and is convinced of the power of design.

firm of architects TRIAD on Expo 2010. She

and subjective perspectives,“ says Stocker. A book that could be taken as a kind of alter-

„Everywhere you go, people are seeking to

„Nowadays, it‘s more a case of London and

expresses a universal principle of design.

native travel guide. Stocker does not focus

drive forward urban development through

New York looking to Berlin than vice versa,“

„A City of Design should offer good qua-

solely on the famous sights, but often puts

design and in so doing creating the found-

he believes. „We are a kind of future lab.“

lity of life, reflected not just in the cultural

the spotlight on both hidden and surprising

ations on which to improve the living condi-

sides of the places he has visited.

tions of the population – I know this is not

Or take Saint-Etienne, once an industrial

to ensure sustainable urban planning and

always the case, but I would still put it that

area that had lost much of its economic si-

congenial architecture, in the attractiven-

Of course, the book includes Seoul‘s Dong-

optimistically,“ says Karl Stocker. Design is

gnificance and therefore lost hope. „Design

ess of public spaces and in a functioning

daemun Design Plaza or DDP for short.

also helping Japanese cities to rise again

contributes to a new way of life,“ writes Karl

transport infrastructure.“

Created by the star architect Zaha Hadid,

from the ashes after natural disasters.

Stocker, quoting the municipal design mana-

landscape but also in the measures taken

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ger Nathalie Arnoud.

this neo-futuristic work of art in the district of Dongdaemun captivates visitors with its

Old Kobe, that was the western world‘s gate-

spectacular architecture. But the book also

way to Japan even back in the 19th century,

In Graz, Karl Stocker‘s example of outstan-

includes an institution for dementia sufferers.

reinvented itself after the 1995 earthquake

ding design is not any of the modern buil-

Palermo – not the city in Sicily but the district

thanks to the creativity of its inhabitants, yet

dings, for example the Kunsthaus art gallery

of Buenos Aires – has now found its way into

without destroying its roots.

built for the 2003 Capital of Culture. Instead,

The power of design.

he cites the tactile ground guidance system

The power of design.

mainstream travel guides. Yet fifteen years

 KARL STOCKER

ago, Palermo was still a problem area befo-

In every city, Stocker has met and spoken

in the town centre to help the visually im-

A journey through 11 UNESCO

re its inhabitants took matters into their own

to design professionals, for example in Ber-

paired – the „Graz-T“.

Cities of Design. Springer

hands and brought the down-at-heel histori-

lin the manager and design expert Jochen

Verlag, Vienna / New York.

The pedestrian bridge Puente de la Mujer in Buenos Aires Photo: Shutterstock

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UNESCO CITIES OF DESIGN:

Beijing Berlin Bilbao Buenos Aires (picture left) Curitiba Dundee Graz Helsinki Kobe Montréal (picture up) Nagoya Saint-Etienne Seoul Shanghai Shenzhen Turin Montréal: partner city of the Designmonat Graz 2015. Photo: Shutterstock

 EBERHARD SCHREMPF

Eberhard Schrempf, program„Design“ status offers great opportuni-

cial island in the Mur (the river that runs

ties. „They can become cities of vibran-

through Graz) created by New York artist

cy, bursting with life.“

and designer Vito Acconci.

me coordinator of the international UNESCO City of Design network. ”Establishing design as part of the genetic code“

SIXTEEN CITIES WORLDWIDE ARE OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED UNESCO

Outside and in

Catholic and Protestant

CITIES OF DESIGN. EACH HAS A DIFFE-

To Schrempf, it is essential that design

The main focus is, however, on firmly

RENT APPROACH TO THAT STATUS.

not be seen and presented as „fireworks“

establishing design as part of a city‘s

or cosmetic improvements, but that it be

genetic code. Which of the four rungs

part of „ongoing development“. „We are

of the European design ladder from „No

Berlin and St. Etienne, Helsinki and

dealing with contents and packaging

design“ to „Design as styling“, „Design

with a population of 1.8 million and one

Graz, Buenos Aires and Turin all have

here – how much of the actual product

as process“ and the highest level „De-

of the most recent Cities of Design, has

something in common: they are official

am I providing?“

sign as strategy or innovation“ can ac-

developed a completely new transport

tually be reached also depends on the

„design“ over the past few decades, completely changing the face of the city.

Cities of Design in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The programme coor-

Small cities are at an advantage. When

cultural context. „The more Catholic,

dinator, Eberhard Schrempf from Graz,

unbiased outsiders ask (and not just

the more superficial it is,“ is Schrempf‘s

sees the title as a „great brand“ that

themselves) „where is the design?“, they

theory. He claims that largely Catholic

each city can – and must – use to its

are more likely to find answers in a smal-

regions (in simplified terms, the south)

In May 2015, the City of Graz will be run-

advantage. He believes that the brand

ler city where everything is easier to take

are characterised by „a lot of gold and

ning its seventh „Design month“ initiati-

has a different meaning for major metro-

in. Graz, for example, offers guided de-

pomp“, „outward show, no content“,

ve. This is a month in which the issue of

polises than for „second cities“. „Large

sign tours; there is nothing comparable

whilst design in the Protestant regions of

design is discussed and developed in all

cities have multiple identities,“ he says,

in Berlin. The outsider also has a shar-

the north is more a part of everyday life.

areas and aspects of city life. Montreal

arguing that for them, „City of Design“

per view, and is more likely to pick up on

Globally, however, that theory does not

is to be the partner City of Design.

is often only of secondary importance.

striking features such as the hall design

necessarily hold true. Curitiba in Brazil,

For smaller cities, however, he believes

of Graz‘s central station and the artifi-

the seventh largest city in the country

/ CITIES OF DESIGN /

Design tip

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www.designmonat.at

 TEXT MARTIN NOVAK

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/ LÁNCHÍD 19, BUDAPEST /

A BEACON ON THE DANUBE THE LÁNCHÍD 19 OFFERS BREATHTAKING VIEWS: FROM THE HOTEL OUT OVER THE DANUBE, AND OVER THE BUDA ROYAL CASTLE ON THE OTHER SIDE. A CONCERTINA GLASS FAÇADE BRINGS THE BEAUTIFUL DANUBE INTO THE BEDROOMS.

more information: www.lifestylehotels.net/lanchid-19

The remains of a mediaeval water tower have been integrated into the modern meeting room. Photo: Attila Szabó and Miklós Bémer

Such creativity is also reflected in the hotel‘s interior. Each room tells its own story – of a wedding, a dance class, a night at the cinema, … – and invites guests to enter the pages of those stories. The concept was developed by a group of young artists working in photography, graphics and design. Key characters in the stories are the chairs: the George G. Sowden chair in the cinema, the Phillipe Starck chair in the dance lesson and the white Verner Panton chair at the wedding (of course in the role of the bride). Boundless imagination. ”Design is part of our life; it should inspire us and can – if correctly realised – create a unique experience,“ says Edit Rozsos, the hotel manager and co-founder. She was involved in the project from the start and overcame a range of challenges in the construction phase. A mediaeval water tower in the foundations was excavated and renovated, and integrated into the building. Visible through the glass floor of the lobby, it creates a great contrast to the modern architecture of the hotel. What does the hotel manager love about Budapest? ”That I can feel both the past and the present. Breathtaking buildings from previous eras beside modern architecture. And in the midst of it all, the Danube splitting the city in two. I am happy

 EDIT ROZSOS‘ FAVOURITE PLACES:

to cross the bridge to work in the morning.

- Gozsdu Courtyard – entertainment, gastronomic and cultural hub - Rudas Bath – a renewed spa with a view over the city

The river sparkles brightly in the morning sun, and the ripples are reflected on the windows of our hotel.“ STOP

 THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL:

Between March and November. However, the mild climate means that more and more tourists are

Edit Rozsos, General Manager, Lánchíd 19 Budapest

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/ HAMBURG / Where do your nuts come from? We only use nuts from the best source countries – from the famous Australian macadamia to the Spanish almond. These highquality ingredients are freshly prepared by hand using traditional methods. They are extremely popular in the hospitality, catering and delicatessen segments. Companies also use

FRESH NUTS FOR COOL BARS

our products as gifts for staff and partners,

NUTS HAVE LONG BEEN A STANDARD SNACK IN HOTEL BARS. BARTENDERS SERVE THEM TO BUSINESS GUESTS

and anyone who gets a taste for our quality

WITH AN EVENING BEER, AND TO HOLIDAYMAKERS WITH COCKTAILS AFTER A TIRING DAY‘S SIGHTSEEING. BUT

products can of course top up their nut sup-

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE NUTS? WHERE DO THEY COME FROM? AND HOW FRESH ARE THEY? DENIS

plies in our online shop.

BURGHARDT FROM KERN ENERGIE HAS THE ANSWERS.

Freshly prepared? Absolutely – nuts from Kern Energie are not stored. They are not processed until we receive the order: that is our freshness guarantee. Why are nuts a standard snack in hotel bars? Nuts just go well with every drink, making them a must when preparing great evenings for guests. What nuts are particularly good for hotel bars? Spicy and salty products are the best. Popular mixes include „Safari“, „Marrakesh-Mix“, „V.I.P. Curry“ and the classic „Bar-Mix“. What is your favourite hotel bar? There are so many great hotel bars where I love to spend the evening – with a drink and tasty nuts!

more information: www.kern-energie.com

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Photo: KERNenergie

Denis Burghardt, director

/ V8 HOTEL, STUTTGART /

CLASSICS AND MODERN CLASSICS Since 2010, a historically listed building in MOTORWORLD Region Stuttgart has housed a themed automotive design hotel in Böblingen. Guests discover an authentic atmosphere for this location, surrounded by vintage cars, modern classics, sports vehicles and beautiful architecture. The concept includes ten different themed rooms such as the workshop, the petrol station and the drive-in cinema, and there is half a litre of water when you check out – whether for vehicle or driver is up to you. A good view of the region and of Stuttgart, the city ”between the forests and the vineyards“ can be had from Killesbergturm tower viewpoint. Königstrasse is a delight for all shopping enthusiasts.STOP

more information: www.lifestylehotels.net/v8-hotel

Photo: Frank Hoppe

Simeon Schad, manager of the V8 Hotel

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/ SPA /

SOAPSUDS AND GINSENG GOAT HAIR MASSAGE OR SCRUB BY HAND? FOAM OR ROSE PETALS? THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TURKISH AND CHINESE BATHING CULTURE. BUT THEY ALSO HAVE MUCH IN COMMON…

TEXT NICOLE SCHWAR

RINGING MOBILES, CROWDS OF PEOPLE ON THE STREETS AND THE ROAR OF ENGINES ARE PART OF LIFE IN EVERY LARGE TOWN OR CITY. IT IS TIME TO ESCAPE THE RAT RACE. SWAP STRESS FOR CALM – AT THE BATHS. WIPE THE CITY DUST OFF YOUR FEET AND FEEL THE WARM MOIST AIR. THE ONLY SOUND IN THE BACKGROUND IS THE GENTLE GURGLE OF WATER.

The entrance hall

The entrance hall

In a traditional Turkish hammam, you are

In Chinese baths, clothing is provided;

wrapped in a red-and-white checked cotton

guests are given towels. Ladies with

cloth (pestemal) and led to the main area of

towel turbans chat over a cup of tea

the baths: a room at body temperature with

between plants and palms, all day long

star-shaped holes in the domed ceiling. This

if they like.

represents the firmament and let in a little light. This is where the washing ritual takes

The hot room

place: hot water is scooped out of marble

As well as a sauna and steam bath, the-

pools with copper bowls and poured over

re are also a range of whirlpools with

your body.

jets, a rose petal bath, a charcoal bath

The hot room

ginseng bath is not for everyone: the yel-

and an aromatic Chinese herb bath. The The next stage is the hot room. As you lie on

lowish foam puts some people off, but is

the „navel stone“, a stone slab, your muscles

in fact a sign of quality – synthetic pro-

relax and the pores open – no wonder, at a

ducts produce white foam or none at all;

temperature of 50 degrees Celsius and 60

only genuine ginseng foams yellow.

percent humidity. The treatment The treatment

Photo: Shutterstock

A range of massage and beauty therapies

The washing ritual and hot room are follo-

are available. The rhythmic beating of the

wed by a full-body scrub from the trained

masseurs‘ hands can be heard through

hammam attendant. He puts on silk, coco-

your visit to the chinese bath. A scrub is

nut fibre or goat hair gloves and gently mas-

not for the faint-hearted: it can be painful

sages your skin. This gets the blood supply

until your body gets used to the harsh rub-

to your tissue going and stimulates your me-

bing.

tabolism. Chinese baths strictly separate the sexOne spectacular form of massage is the

es, so there are separate haircare and

soap massage. The masseur dips a small

skincare rooms for men and women –

linen bag in soapy water and blows into it

for combing, moisturising, brushing or

to create foam. Huge suds fall until you are

indeed shaving. STOP

completely covered.

 THE

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SETTING

This is probably where the two cultures differ most. In Turkish baths, the philosophy is of cleansing through peace and relaxation. High-end Chinese baths, on the other hand, have their own entertainment areas including restaurants and karaoke bars.

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Foto: Geba

/ STYLE /

RUGS TELL STORIES

TEXT NICOLE SCHWAR

A LITTLE BOY IS FASCINATED BY A RUG ON THE WALL. TODAY, DECADES LATER, YOU CAN STILL SEE HIS EYES SPARKLE WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT THESE „WALK-IN PICTURES“. WE ARE VISITING THE GLOBETROTTER HARALD GEBA, A PASSIONATE CARPET DESIGNER, PRODUCER AND DEALER.

A bells tinkles softly when the glass

art. London inspired him to use paintings

even inspired its own line; Geba‘s aim was to

door opens. You can feel the rug un-

as motifs for carpets. He returned to Graz

capture the city‘s diversity and vibrancy and

der your feet and have an immediate

with his first design ideas, but soon got itchy

express this in rug design. ”Every rug has

sense of safe and security in this high-

feet again. The next destination was Turkey,

a soul – just as each town as a soul. Rugs

ceilinged, turn-of-the-century building

and in Central Anatolia he met ”families of

can have a positive effect on mood, some

in the heart of Graz. You briefly wonder

carpet knotters“ who were able to produce

‚magic‘ carpet designs can literally carry you back to reality,“ he puns.

how often the rug needs to be repla-

to his designs. Soon, they had successfully

ced if wet outdoor shoes are constantly

breathed new life into the centuries-old craft

passing the threshold. But that thought

whilst maintaining excellent quality, an enor-

However, for Geba, the most beautiful city in

soon disappears as the positive at-

mous challenge. Another challenge was

the world is and remains Paris – two visits a

mosphere takes hold: warm lighting, a

finding the right balance between custo-

year is the absolute minimum. Sometimes,

stylish interior, and staff who welcome

mers‘ design specifications and the artistic

he is lucky enough to arrive in the early hours

you with a handshake. The owner, Ha-

freedom of the carpet knotters. ”Insha‘Allah“

of the morning when the shop shutters are

rald Geba, is talking to a member of

were words Harald Geba was to hear often

still down and the city is still asleep. And that

staff about a new desk in the studio. It

– if God wills, the rug will be ready as or-

experience is his insider tip, along with a visit

is covered in a huge, ruby red rug. Ha-

dered.

to the tourist magnet Sacré-Coeur.

too large and solid to stand right in the

Although production has now moved to

Over the years, the demands of Geba‘s

Harald Geba, owner of Geba Rugs in Graz

rald Geba is asking her whether it isn‘t entrance. You realise that the Geba ow-

Nepal, Geba rugs are still washed entirely

clients and the clients themselves have

ner has a feel for design. And for comfort.

in mountain streams, dried in the sun and

changed. He now works for brands such as

A few steps take us up to the director‘s

knotted by hand. Harald Geba now has two

Emanuel Ungaro, and hand in hand with in-

office, coffee is brought – and the story-

workshops in Nepal which produce nett-

terior designers and leading architects, such as Richard Meier from New York.

telling begins…

le and hemp rugs in complex processes.

Even as a child, Harald Geba was fas-

Compared to sheep‘s wool and synthetic

cinated by rugs. The father of one of his

fibre products, these rugs are also suitable

friends was an antiques dealer, and the

for allergy sufferers. Hemp rugs are a po-

young Geba ”lost himself in the rugs on

pular option for hotels as they are extremely

the walls,“ he recalls. At the age of 24 and

hard-wearing and can even withstand the

already working for a dealer in oriental car-

humid atmosphere of spa facilities. This

pets, he decided to spend six months in

answers my initial question: the rug at the

Together, they work on designs that Geba

London – the mecca for antique rugs at the

entrance to the studio is hemp.

then produces to customer specifications

time. He set off with the equivalent of just

”Rugs have stories to tell. Let‘s listen to their stories and go on a journey with them.“ Harald Geba

and delivers across the world. The ”walk-in

300 euros in his pocket. Within a week of

Harald Geba set up his own business around

pictures“, as he lovingly calls his rugs, can

arriving, he had found a job, a college place

30 years ago, and since then, has been able

be admired in both international and regio-

and a flat, for ”anything is possible with pas-

to combine his passion for travel with his

nal locations – in Hotel Loisium in southern

sion and optimism.“

job: He travels regularly from his headquar-

Styria (Austria), for example. STOP

ters in Graz to design fairs across the world. Geba has fond memories of London, for it

I ask him which city has most influenced his

was the city that introduced him to modern

work. ”New York, definitely.“ The city has

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DISA The Last Conspiracy The Last Conspiracy develops functional and essential footwear, with a proud artistic post-modern legacy. Each collection is built on the premises of experimental progress, allowing for new treatments and construction processes. The actual process of selecting the leathers is the most important step in the production process. This is where each shoe is born, crafted and developed. The DISA boot is made of horse leather. The characteristic of horse leather is that it is very fine in the fibres and that it ages beautifully over the years. The construction of the shoe is called a Goodyear welted construction. The very nature of this construction means that Goodyear welted shoes take much longer to manufacture than cheaper alternatives. Factories spend years to educate and train skilled craftsmen to create shoes of comfort and durability. The shoe can last up to 20 years or longer if you treat it well. www.secretroom.at STOP

KARL STOCKER, THE POWER OF DESIGN “The Power of Design” provides a compact introduction to the UNESCO Cities of Design. Each individual city is briefly portrayed with important statistical information and detailed facts relating to its development of design. The highly varied approaches of the individual cities in their use of design as an engine for current and future development are then described in more detail through concrete and well illustrated examples. In addition, there are interviews with designers, activists, organizers and critical observers, which the author conducted either during his travels or through extensive correspondence. The result is a richly illustrated and handy book which combines hard facts with personal impressions and points of view. Paperback (236 pages), Publisher: Springer, ISBN-10: 3709115825 STOP

WIRO EASY TO HANDLE Wiro is a hip luminaire made of wire and is available in rust or black. It shows a delicate, almost transparent design, that adds an avant-garde touch to your rooms. The warm candlelight mood lighting (2200 K, 2700 K) and the easy-to-handle dimming function turn your home or your restaurant into a unique location that can be staged variably according to different occasions. You can party, have a romantic dinner or just read the sports section: You are calling the shots now and Wiro provides the right light. www.weverducre.com STOP

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GEBA A rug is more than a floor covering. It is a textile work of art and produces warmth and comfort. Rugs structure a room and create oases of calm. Rugs are a playground for sitting, lying, listening to music, chatting, reading or simply relaxing. A rug can change the way rooms are perceived and used. That is the Geba philosophy. The high-end design specialists seek to produce rugs that inspire, by combining traditional skills with modern design. Creative designs in top fair-trade quality add style and quality to homes and international hotels – and are even used in Salzburg Cathedral. www.geba.cc STOP

NEVILLE CLEAN & SHAVE Face the day with this 2-in-1 timesaver on your city trip: Simply work into a thick, full lather to cleanse skin, then wash off or use the foam to shave before rinsing away. With moisturising Sugar Beet Extracts and Aloe Vera to soothe and repair, this formula softens and primes skin for a closer shave without irritation. For all skin types. www.neville.co.uk STOP

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MONCLER JACKET This jacket from Moncler is the perfect addition to the urban traveller‘s suitcase. Lightweight and hard-wearing, elegant and sporty, it adapts to every situation whilst remaining a great statement – in every city of the world. www.knilli.at, www.moncler.com STOP

LIFESTYLEHOTELS The Book 11TH EDITION LIFESTYLEHOTELS The Book 11th Edition in a new format: around 500 pages presenting unique LIFESTYLEHOTELS, leading the way in the modern hotel business and epitomising individual lifestyle. The book with its all-new layout is a guaranteed inspiration for design-loving travellers. Each hotel has a four-page feature with a detailed description, ”best room“ information and large photographs. www.lifestylehotels.net/shop STOP

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NEW MEMBERS / HOTEL GARTNER, DORF TIROL NEAR MERAN /

BOUTIQUE LUXURY ”LIVING ROOM“ ”Small, elegant, personal, different, open

great combination of Tyrolean farmstead and

and passionate… we love people, and want

Mediterranean chic. What‘s so special about

our guests to feel that“ is how Florian Gartner

Dorf Tirol: its fantastic location, perched high

describes his hotel. Hotel Gartner was built in

above Meran – with a direct link (on foot or by

1961, and converted and renovated in 2008.

chair lift) to the town. An absolute must-see

The challenge was to work in close coope-

is the Trauttmansdorff botanic garden on the

ration with the technicians and to ensure the

edge of Meran, accessible on foot through the

right facilities for daily hotel operation, whilst

fascinating Obermais mansion district. STOP

also creating a ”living room“ atmosphere. A strong artistic focus is clear throughout the hotel – wonderful paintings, huge photographs, modern sculptures and unconventional furniture in a wide range of styles. Soak in the „bilingual“ cultural landscape with this

Photo: Hotel Gartner

/ LA CASIES, THE GSIES VALLEY IN SOUTH TYROL /

BAREFOOT THROUGH THE MEADOWS La Casies in South Tyrol seeks to offer an oasis of calm. A connection with nature, healthy relaxation, excellent food and the perfect programme of exercise are all part of this concept. Guests can join the owner Sepp on rambles through the countryside, or head out for a barefoot stroll through the meadows themselves. See and experience nature hands-on in the Gsies Valley. In the hotel‘s own Messnerhütte on PidigAlm mountain pasture, fresh rustic bread is

relax, for example in the hotel‘s own spa area. The concept and philosophy of the hotel is „mountain living“. With natural products such as pure wool, stone and timber used in the hotel interior, guests feel close to nature both inside and outside the hotel. Tip from the owner: a hike to the Drei Zinnen peaks at nearly 3,000 metres in the heart of a nature reserve, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009. Opening: May 2015 STOP

baked – and served with home-made butter. In other words, guests get the perfect insight into farming life. You can, of course, also just

Photo: La Casies

/ HOTEL ZHERO KAPPL, ISCHGL /

FASCINATING

Just a few kilometres from Ischgl, guests at the Zhero can expect exciting design and impressive architecture and a wonderful, magical Alpine landscape. Guests can relax and unwind, or throw themselves into winter sports and sample the great après-ski programme. The hotel itself is as fantastic as the surrounding landscape, inspiring all lovers of design with its fascinating interior and exterior. Glass, timber and stone form the breathtaking façade – natural materials that blend perfectly into the Alpine landscape. Inside, too, wood and stone fittings and furnishings and warm natural materials create warmth and harmony. STOP Foto: www.sportresidenz-zillertal.at

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Photo: Hotel Zhero Kappl


HOT SHOPS / FASHION /

FLAGSHIP AND MONOLABEL STORES CAN BE HIGH-END, BUT THEY ARE SIMILAR THE WORLD OVER. THOSE IN SEARCH OF UNIQUE CHARACTER SHOULD INSTEAD HEAD FOR MULTILABEL AND CONCEPT STORES. HERE IS A SMALL SELECTION, PUT TOGETHER BY THE FASHION PROFESSIONAL STEPHAN LANZER.

”Art and design are a good combination for fashion“

Photo: Schiffer

 STEPHAN LANZER

Together with his mother, Stephan Lanzer runs Knilli in Joanneumring in Graz. Established in 1948, the fashion boutique stocks leading brands such as Dolce & Gabbana and Etro. As part of the ”Design in the City” format, Lanzer is also presenting the Fanny&mari designer label in his lounge. Fanny&mari turns recycled furniture and small items into useful and charming everyday objects. www.knilli.at

Photo: Barber & Parlour

COLETTE

BARBER & PARLOUR

PARIS

shion, and jewellery and accessories from

LONDON Looks older than other, older shops. Although it was only established in 2014. Three floors with absolutely everything from food to

URBAN OUTFITTERS

PATRICK ROGER CHOCOLATERIE

traditional, well-known designers and those

fashion, even a beauty salon and a bar.

STOCKHOLM

BRUSSELS

As the name says… you will find Nordic (and

This concept is simple: chocolate. What is

10CORSO COMO

not only Nordic) design here, fashion for him

unusual is that the chocolatier is not a Bel-

MILAN

and her, gifts, accessories … This is also a

gian – he‘s French. Another unusual aspect:

DARKROOM

Another classic with cult status in the Italian

great place for lovers of vintage.

the shop in the heart of the EU capital does

LONDON

shopping capital. Everything is cheeky, play-

Darkroom is actually Darkrooms, for there are

ful, starting with the logo of the American ar-

MAXIMILIAN

two in London. Darkroom has its own philo-

tist Kris Ruhs. Former fashion journalist Carla

BOLZANO

sophy: visual contrasts, geometric shapes

Sozzani stocks the food, fashion, music, art

A special tip from Stephan Lanzer. For 25

TIP

and the structural simplicity of modern and

and lifestyle products that she likes. If you

years, Maximilian in somewhat conservative

All the concept stores listed here also sell on-

post-modern design define the womenswear

can‘t make it to Milan, there are alternatives.

South Tyrol has been supplying ladies‘ and

line. However, the real concept shop experi-

and menswear ranges. Home accessories

Seoul, Shanghai and Beijng also have 10Cor-

men‘s fashion, including shoes and acces-

ence can only be had in-store. Unfortunately.

are also available.

so Como shops.

sories, from a host of international designers.

Or perhaps fortunately.

This could be termed the mother of all concept stores. There is ladies‘ and men‘s fa-

yet to become famous – but soon do, once Colette stocks them.

not just sell your standard bars. Patrick Roger literally produces chocolate sculptures.

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/ ARCHITECTURE /

CHANGING CITIES PORTS CHANGE FASTER AND MORE OFTEN THAN OTHER CITIES. AS USE CHANGES, SO TOO DOES THE ARCHITECTURE. MORE OR LESS.

the Royal Palace and the Old Stock Mar-

restaurants and pubs, Nyhavn still provides

ket. Modern features include the Town Hall

a great harbour atmosphere – which is why

and the Opera built by Wilhelm Holzbauer

it is one of Copenhagen‘s most popular at-

and Cornelius Gregorius.

tractions.

Amsterdam also has (artificial) islands, which were created in the 17th century.

That popularity also has something to do with

However, business for the production firms

its most famous inhabitant. Many years ago,

based there declined at end of the last cen-

the storyteller Hans Christian Andersen lived

tury. Production space became residential

in Nyhavn. It was here that he penned many

space for over 15,000 people. The former

of his tales, including „The Princess and the

docks became hip and attractive residential

Pea“. A sculpture of the „Little Mermaid“ that

areas with experimental, post-modern ar-

has stood in – literally in – the harbour for a

chitecture. One great example of changing

number of years commemorates the writer.

use in Amsterdam is „The Bank“. Const-

The statue was installed far out in the harbour

ructed in 1926, the building was intended to

to protect it from vandals.

symbolise the security it offered for clients‘

Andersen Hotel, Copenhagen

Rotterdam: A modern classic

began to boom in this romantic harbour

capital in the very solidity of its structure.

There is more Andersen at the Andersen Ho-

However, the „Amsterdamsche Bank“ ulti-

tel in Copenhagen. A combination of bright,

mately lost its significance following a series

trendy décor and great service at reception

of mergers and restructuring processes. The

– including sushi and a wide selection of in-

building began to fall into disrepair, and was

ternational wines – make for enjoyment and

eventually transformed into a spectacular re-

relaxation from the moment you step in the

tail and office facility in the new millennium.

door. Those opting against the lift are deli-

You can no longer bank money here, but you

ciously rewarded: each landing has a bowl

can certainly spend it – in the concept store

full of biscuits and sweets. Another plus point

Marqt, for example, or in a host of restaurants

is the hotel‘s central location in the district of

and cafés.

Vesterbro. Mikkeler brewery and the main

shaped

district. Just west of Noordereiland, the

Rotterdam‘s development. The first was

Erasmus Bridge spans the Nieuwe Maas.

Copenhagen: New is old

you can explore the area on two wheels:

bombardment during the Second World War,

This white cable-stayed bridge, a master-

The Danish capital Copenhagen is also a port.

bikes can be hired from reception.STOP

made particularly devastating by the major

piece of bridge engineering created

Copenhagen, too, survived the war undama-

fires that it caused. Yet the destruction also

by Berkel & Bos, is in fact a product of

ged; no new start was needed. The name

created space for the new. The second tur-

Dutch people‘s dislike of bridges, as the

Nyhavn (New Harbour) is therefore mislea-

ning point was the emergence of container

architect Homann knows. Because they

ding: the district is in fact several centuries old

shipping in the 1960s. Old harbour buildings

saw bridges as a threat to the course and

and no longer a busy harbour; it has not been

for storing goods were no longer needed, the

character of the river, this bridge had to

since the 19th century. As an entertainment

containers only required more space – which

be beautiful – even at great expense. The

and night-life district, however, crammed with

Rotterdam had in abundance (unlike Amster-

Erasmus Bridge dominates the Kop van

dam, for example).

Zuid (the „head of the south“), the old area

Two

historical

events

have

station are just around the corner. If you like,

more information: www.lifestylehotels.net/andersen-hotel www.lifestylehotels.net/sir-albert

of the harbour, which increasingly fell to The architect Michael Homann is a fan of Rot-

ruin after the Second World War before

terdam. „The city is simple.“ He has travelled

being revitalised in the 1960s. What was

there many times and dedicates a whole

once the ugliest part of town is now an

chapter to Rotterdam – „Transitstadt der spä-

attractive residential and commercial dis-

ten Moderne“ (A Late Modern Transit Town)

trict. Little is left of the old harbour, but

– in his book „global – specific“. Rotterdam‘s

the famous „Hotel New York“ still stands.

centre nestles around the Nieuwe Maas

This was the starting point for emigrants

(New Meuse), that was once the southern

heading to North America. Today, the

boundary of Europe‘s largest port (and the

hotel is primarily a restaurant. „Use chan-

third largest in the world after Shanghai and

ges,“ a phenomenon that is particularly

Singapore). One of many sights worth seeing

striking in vibrant ports. And Rotterdam

is Lijnbaan, a shopping district designed by

is one of the most vibrant – „a city of

the architects Van der Broek and Bakema as

openness“, says Homann.

 AMSTERDAM HOTEL TIP:

HOTEL SIR ALBERT

Welcome to the home of the modern aristocrat „Sir Albert“. A range of artworks and artefacts collected on his travels are now part of his smart boutique hotel in the centre of Amsterdam. Celebrated by architecture magazines, the hotel in a former diamond factory is itself a 19th century gem of the first water : high ceilings, Victorian-style fittings and 90 individually designed rooms, many of which offer exceptional views of the surrounding Amsterdam canal network. According to Mark Smith from the Daily Traveler, the Sir Albert is the sexiest hotel in Amsterdam – no wonder that stars like Lady Gaga choose to stay here.

part of the city‘s reconstruction. A revolutionary layout with cleverly designed streets for

Amsterdam: Ancient & vibrant

supply, and a transitional area divided into

The larger city of Amsterdam, the capital

delivery access and retail areas. The oldest

of the Netherlands, is also a port. Here,

part of new Rotterdam is still modern and

however, there was little need for new

in keeping with 21st century lifestyle. North-

development as Amsterdam was lucky

west of Lijnbaan is Schouwburgplein (The-

enough to come through the Second

atre Square), a cultural centre. The square

World War largely unscathed. At the

is home to both the municipal theatre and

same time, the city could not – unlike

interactive space. The lamps in the square

Rotterdam – expand. The historic city

are reminiscent of the old cranes at the port.

centre is therefore still an impressive

Further south is Noordereiland, an island in

architectural ensemble, dating prima-

the Nieuwe Maas, which is genuinely old.

rily from the 17th century, the „Golden

This was the area where the ship owners

Age“ of the Netherlands. The classic

lived. When that era ended, the tourist trade

sights include the Dam (Town Square),

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Hotel Sir Albert, Amsterdam


Photo: Shutterstock

Erasmus bridge, Rotterdam


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Right light – right mood.

Hotel Wiesler | Graz | Austria

The soft, gentle light generated by WIRO and CORK makes them true romantics. That is why the new LED luminaires from Wever & Ducré are ideal for the honeymoon suite. These creative eye-catchers not only provide a perfect candlelight effect (2200K), but also produce surprising room atmosphere. So it’s no wonder that they help create the right mood at the city’s hottest bars and clubs. Their secret? The combination of innovative design and an especially warm colour temperature. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t turn on the romance with the push of a button.

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