10. Benson Hotel Falkenstein Castle & Village
Unveiled on November 29th, the gingerbread architectural display at the Benson Hotel in Portland is now in its 41st year of tradition. Local area Chef David Diffendorfer, creator of the intricate gingerbread art, says that he is “sure King Ludwig II would be delighted to see his beloved Falkenstein Castle come to life.” Falkenstein was to be a magnificent, fairytale castle in the Bavarian Alps, but with the untimely death of King Ludwig II in 1886, the castle’s plans were abandoned. What a better way to pay homage to visionary architecture than to replicate it in confection?
photo credit: Coast Hotels & Resorts
Although this project is still in progress, we wanted to give a special mention to Renne Baumann’s gingerbread brownstone.
In tribute to the residential architecture of Brooklyn, baker Renee Baumann’s created a intricate gingerbread brownstone. Baumann is looking for partners to help in the creation for a full city gingerbread block for charity! Get more details on joining her cookie conquest here.