Sunday, September 27, 2015

Get Up & Go: Does size count?

Get Up & Go: Does size count?

Does size count?

Now this is a small Danish . . .
In his continuing search for the more weird and wondrous in the world of travel, Get Up & Go contributor David Ellis says the world’s smallest hotel has just one room – and that’s a mere 8ft by 10ft (2.43m X 3.04m.)
But small as it is, this miniscule room has a double bed, ensuite with shower and toilet, a stocked mini-bar, flat-screen TV and a stereo unit with iPhone connectivity.
Located in the trendy Vesterbro district of Denmark’s capital Copenhagen, the Hotel Central and Café began life in 1905 as a shoe repair shop, the shoemaker adding a 2nd floor and moving into that in 1920. The shoemaker’s later became a goldsmith’s and then a café, and in June 2013 the second floor flat became the world’s smallest hotel.
Guests arrive to find fresh flowers, fruit and a welcoming bottle of wine in their room, and downstairs a tiny café that takes them back in time with vintage signs and various other bits of historic paraphernalia.
It costs 1,800 Danish krone a night (currently approximately AU$384) which includes breakfast for two at the Granola Café that is a half block away and owned by the same people who own the Hotel Central and Café.
If you’re interested in booking a night, email

Friday, September 11, 2015

SWITZERLAND Zurich's Best Car Park

It's not often a visitor to Zurich gets excited about a Car Park - but you never know what this city is going to turn up. A couple of years ago the land in front of the Zurich Opera House was dug up to prepare it (down several layers) for a Car Park to service the city.

Going down a few layers revealed the well-preserved, substantial remains of a 'stilt' village: stilts, rudimentary tools, domestic implements, fishing nets and shamanistic tokens.
This find confirmed how the early/first people of this region lived. Villages were perched around Zurichsee (Lake Zurich), with the houses and community dwellings sitting over the edge of the water. Popular theory is that they lived over the water, up high because of marauding wild animals and there would always be food to be caught on the lake.

The remnants of life on the lake were sowell preserved because they had been immersed and lacked in mud/silt therefore not disturbed nor destroyed.
The remarkable age discerned and documented puts the life and times of the village at 4300 years BC!  So more than 6000 years to date.

The Car Park went ahead - very carefully and in a thoughtful and intelligent manner. There are display cases with some of the finds, a film of divers and what they found at the edge of the lake and the finest damn Car Park in town.

The vast square on top of the Car Park spreads out before the Opera House. The surface is covered in oblong squares of Switzerland's finest granite. Lots of grumbling from the locals at the exorbitant cost but there's every chance it will last as long as the stilt houses!
There are a few randomly placed chairs which are happily filled with people, their faces tilted to the ever welcome sun.

Just another surprise in Zurich - go see for yourself.