Archive for October, 2008

Perfect Places to Hit the Hay in Germany
October 18, 2008

THE NEW YORK TIMES — October 19, 2008

n the hayloft at Herrenhaus Salderatzen, one of hundreds of so-called hay hotels throughout Germany.

In the hayloft at Herrenhaus Salderatzen, one of hundreds of so-called hay hotels throughout Germany.

WAKING up in a strange hotel can be disorienting. Now imagine staying down the hall from 60 cows, 2 goats and a baby rabbit. Oh, and you’re sleeping on a pile of hay.

Leave it to the Germans to combine livestock with lodging. In the last decade, hundreds of farms throughout Germany have transformed old barns and potato warehouses into heuhotels, or hay hotels, where guests spend the night on a bed of dried grass.

The eco-friendly hotels (no sheets to change) are cheap and appeal to the country’s many cyclists, nature lovers and outdoorsy families. Sleeping accommodations range from open lofts filled with bales of hay, to feed stalls furnished with wooden platforms. And while a few hotels have added more civilized amenities like privacy curtains and bottles of wine to take to bed, most still require that guests bring their own sleeping bag and towels. (more…)

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