5 lieu-dit Untermuhlthal 57230 Baerenthal − France
A subtle mix of wood and glass looking out on the extraordinary Northern Vosges Regional Natural Park, the K Hotel is literally subsumed into its surroundings. Its architecture expresses great fluidity of space and its exterior includes a familiar finish in the region: a striking incorporation of dark wood inspired by the tobacco drying barns of neighboring Alsace.
Nearby stands the changeless old barn, a witness to history and tradition. The K has opted for green energy; a network of geothermal probes dug to a depth of 100m harvest natural heat from the ground at 13 to 14°.
We have neither reception desk nor counter. When you come here, you are guests in our house. Created by interior designer Bernard Wilhelm, the decoration of the Hotel K is a sublimation of the style desired by Nicole Klein. Because you are indeed in her home, you feel right at home. The contemporary furniture is warmed by wood, in harmony with the forest. From the solid oak floor rise large Po de Cappellini lamps anda red Aspen Cassina sofa strikes a colorful note; in counterpoint stands a great Chinese warrior or a fantastic Tibetan table. You are immediately enveloped by the decorative talent of the lady of the house. Further in, the multi-directional fireplace gives life to the space.
To go to your lodge, take a tree: the elevator is entirely paneled in old wood –there is a strange thrill, as if you are entering the heart of an ancient oak.
The Boudoir: The quiet reading area where phones remain silent. You are going to love the peace and quiet, the prime luxury of the K. Fine books to hand–including the latest cookbook signed by our master Chef, Jean-Georges Klein. You can also browse through cookbooks by fellow chefs, cult works which inspired the K’s decor or books about this region with its wealth of heritage and culture, an invitation to discovery. An ideal spot to enjoy a hot chocolate when you come in from a stroll.
The Terrace: Facing south, the large terrace is drenched in light, sun and protective shade. Much more than a terrace, it is an auditorium for birds, embracing the forest, against a background of absolute silence. There is no auditory or visual pollution– arare privilege these days. And perhaps you might even see the great white heron which has its haunts near the terrace. Watch him closely (he might very well return the compliment) and he will surprise you with his elegance and the amusing arrogance of one who is in his own backyard.
40 square meters with 1 queen-sized bed or 2 twin beds. No extra bed possible.
45 square meters with 1 Queen-sized bed or 2 twin beds. No extra bed possible.
55 square meters with 1 queen-sized bed or 2 twin beds. No extra bed possible.
55 square meters with 1 queen-sized bed or 2 twin beds (if available). Extra bed possible for a child under 10 years, only on request (at extra charge).
65 square meters with 1 king-sized bed. Private sauna, big circular bath. No extra bed possible.
12 large rooms and suites decorated in pure mineral tones, bathed in soft,louvre-filtered light. In each unit, a spacious bathroom melds with omnipresent nature in a metaphor of transparency. And then there is the furniture. Here, foresters have shaped sections of wood to form bed side and floor units that seem about to spring to life. There, wooden lamps clothed in blue and natural tones bring the sea to the heart of the forest. Else where, spread like angels’ wings, Artemides lamps seem to guard guests in their sleep.
The top-notch beds are universally appreciated, the twin beds of 180 by 200 cm (about 70 by 80 in) offer spacious relaxation. The generous duvets will be complemented by the kind of pillows you prefer, you choose. The walls bear the works of regional artists, Sylvie Herzog and Fernand d’Onofrio, lending aneclectic touch to each lodge. Outside, nature is a finger’s touch away on the large balcony/ terrace that extends each room.
Amenities: terrace, bathroom with bath and separate shower, courtesy grooming products by Thierry Mugler, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV, minibar, safe, telephone, CD player, free Wi-Fi.
Simserhof (Maginot line)
Simserhof is one of the largest artillery works of the Maginot Line. Throughout a remarkable show trail, vivid special effects and multiple film screenings recreate the daily lives of the 876 men at the ouvrage and the intensity of the fighting in 1940.
This modern and spectacular approach is maintained with a guided walking tour of the barracks, 30 meters underground. You will discover the men’s living quarters, the electrical power plant, the infirmary and a firing chamber.
A masterpiece of military art, the citadel is the most important historic site of Bitche. It is in fact the first thing you see as you approach Bitche.
It appears that originally it was only a hunting lodge, later transformed into a “Château”, which is what it was called for centuries. From this rocky promontory, there was a breath-taking view of the entire region and, as it was difficult to access, it was easy to defend and soon gained a reputation for invulnerability.
The Meisenthal glassworks (1711-1969), now converted, area hybrid of time-honored local know-how and contemporary artistic expression. Visitors to the Glass Museum will be enthralled by its sumptuous art nouveau collection illustrating the collaboration between Emile Gallé and the virtuoso glassmakers of Meisenthal.
At the International Centre for Glass Art, which represents creators, you will witness the graceful ballet of its glassblowers, who also discuss their work.
La Halle Verrière schedules contemporary music concerts, street theatre and exhibitions of contemporary art all year.
The Musée Lalique is dedicated to the master jeweler and glassmaker René Lalique and his successors. Opened in July 2011, the museum displays about 650 pieces from its own collections but also pieces from the company and loans from Parisian museums or private collectors. It is the only museum in Europe specifically devoted to Lalique.
In Soucht, the clog-makers’ village of the Bitche area right in the heart of the Northern Vosges Regional Natural Park, you can discover all aspects of the manual and mechanical manufacturing of clogs.
Different activities are offered in a High Environmental Quality building constructed entirely from wood: manual and mechanical demonstrations, collections on display, movies and slideshows, games, etc.
Jardin pour la Paix
Located at the foot of the Bitche Citadel, between the city and this masterpiece of military architecture, the Bitche “Garden for Peace” was designed in 2003 by landscape architect Florence Robert. This garden is primarily a unique horticultural creation. Through a dozen regularly updated artists’ gardens, the gardeners of Bitche share their work in corporating glass and crystal, rustic plants, wrought iron, grasses, etc.
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From Paris, Strasbourg or Germany, take the A 4, exit Haguenau. Towards Sarreguemines N 62. At Philippsbourg, towards Baerenthal. In Baerenthal, take D 87 towards Zinsviller (4 km).
Strasbourg (Intl) 70 km
Niederbronn-les-Bains 15 km
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