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Friday, October 7, 2011
World's smallest hotel
This narrow building boasts the smallest hotel in the world.
The miniature 2.5m-wide guesthouse spans over a meagre 53 sq/m and can only cater for one couple at time.
The five-star Eh'haeusl, in Amberg, Germany, stretches over seven narrow floors but boasts all the mod cons from flat screen televisions to a mini spa.
It was originally built as a house in 1728 after the city council ruled couples could only get married if they owned property.
To give lovebirds a chance to tie the knot, a resourceful local came up with an idea to get round the law.
He built a house so small and cheap even the poorest of people could afford it even on a short-term basis.
It meant couples could buy the house, get married, move in and then sell it soon after to the next lovers looking to wed.
With a different newlywed couple as occupants every few weeks, it became known as Eh'haeusl — or 'the Wedding House'.
The extraordinary hotel is owned by Marina Schreiner.
She said: "People who stay here will live happily ever after and never get divorced - it's an old legend told by the locals of the town and we are keeping it strong.
"Eh'haeusl was built in 1728, when the space between two buildings was walled in and covered with a roof.
"It was once passed around among local couples who according to law needed to own property in order to get married.
"These days we are always getting people coming here and staying for their honeymoon or romantic holidays.
"Despite the difference in appearance, it's nice the hotel is still the same as it was almost 300 years ago."
Kak Wan Kamsiah
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