Twelve acres of land form the “Culture Island,” which is separated from the German mainland not by water, but by a different and fantastical approach to living. Forester Jürgen Bergmann learned the art of wood carving and then started experimenting with building large sculptures and play equipment. The park started as an exhibition of Bergmann’s ingenious play equipment. As more and more people heard about the objects in the woodland and brought their children to play, Bergmann decided to open up an amusement park. Today it’s a fully developed fantasy woodland world that attracts fun-loving travelers from all over the world.
The Baumhaus, or Treehouse Hotel is woven into the structure of the forest, with nine individual houses connected by ramps, walkways and sun decks that rise as high as 10 meters into the leafy tree canopies. Each house has its own resident fairy or troll with accompanying traditions. For example in ‘Fiona’s Luftschloss’ guests are asked to bring a button as a gift for Fiona. The luxury houses are equipped with showers and kitchens, and the regular residences share a shower block. Tree-top camping spots can also be rented. Visitors who prefer to keep their feet on the ground will opt for one of the many tepees, hut villages or a medieval-style ‘erdhaus’ dug into the ground on-site.
Each house provides comfortable sleeping quarters and stunning leafy views. For fast access to your morning woodland stroll, a metal slide delivers you quickly back down to earth. A restaurant serves filling German fare. Visitors can roast themselves in a huge metal sauna. An outdoor hot tub that is heated by setting a fire underneath. The owners call it the cannibal pot!
In the museum tree house, opened in 2007, medievalist Jurusch Gorlik has displayed a large number of artifacts. The tools and instruments tell the story of the lost 11th century culture of the people of Turisede. Animals such as goats and llamas roam amongst the twisted wooden walkways.New unique buildings are constantly produced by local craftspeople – not just for the Kulturinsel, but for other parks across Europe.
Photos via Kulturinsel Einsiedel