The Science Behind Germany’s Upside-Down House

Toppels adventure house can be disorienting, even for the sober. | By NGT Staff  
Photo-ops galore at the German adventure house Toppels-Verdrehte Welt. Photo courtesy Toppels-Verdrehte Welt
Photo-ops galore at the German adventure house Toppels-Verdrehte Welt. Photo courtesy Toppels-Verdrehte Welt

It’s best not to visit Germany’s Toppels-Verdrehte Welt after a couple of drinks. The cafe-cum-funh­ouse in the town of Wertheim, about an hour’s drive outside of Frankfurt, is quite disorienting even for the sober: it’s built upside-down. Made to resemble a lived-in home, there are beds, kitchen counters, washing machines, and even a car hanging from the ceiling. Best of all, patrons at the in-house café sit on lampshades instead of chairs, and sip coffee from an inverted cup.

The name “Toppels” is a play on the English word “topple”, though some believe that a real family named Toppels owns the house. (They don’t.)

upside down rooms

Extra strong magnetic screws were used to ensure that bulky items like tubs, kitchen stoves, and tables stay in place. Photo courtesy Toppels-Verdrehte Welt

The brainchild of Andreas Haken, the Toppels house was actually built the right way up before being flipped over. Magnetic screws and a lot of creativity went in to creating toilet bowls and drum kits that don’t come crashing on visitors’ heads. Many of these objects were specially crafted for the project and the attention to detail is commendable—children’s toys are scattered around the house, with snacks left on the kitchen counter.

Upside-down houses aren’t new—spot them in Malaysia, the U.S. and Poland, to name a few. Germany’s Propeller Island City Lodge even has a room with furniture hanging down from the ceiling, for travellers who want anything but the traditional.

The Guide

Where Toppels-Verdrehte Welt is in Wertheim, Germany, 88.5km/1hr by road from Frankfurt. It is located on the A3 autobahn that connects Wertheim and Frankfurt.

Entry Café, free entry; House, €4.50/₹337 for adults, €3.50/₹262 for children between the ages of 4-14.

Website http://www.toppelshaus.de

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