22.Jul - 05.Aug 2017
Freudenstadt , Allemagne


  • chantiers 1-3 semaines
  • ENVI
  • OH-H01
Age minimum : 18
Frais d’inscription : 150.00 EUR
  • Code : OH-H01
  • Dispo : 7M / 7F (Total Part 14)
  • Langue du Projet : ENG / GER
  • Age : 18 - 99


European Heritage Volunteers, a branch of Open Houses


The project will consist of two parts aeuro( a practical working part and a study part. The practical working part, which will take place at different parts of the site, will last six hours per day. In the evenings and during the weekend there will be time for the educational and cultural activities. The European Heritage Volunteers Project aims at restoring and cultivating further parts of the historic hotel park. Thereby the old concept of aeurooeParkwaldaeuro (park forest) should be regained und brought into presence. This concept, being founded during the 1st decade of 20th century solely in Freudenstadt, means a specific and delicate kind of cure and wellness infrastructure. The aeurooepark forestaeuro idea had come out as a unique pioneer act made by the Freudenstadt town builders of those years. In 2025, when Freudenstadt will host a half year aeurooegreen exhibitionaeuro for the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the hotel park should contribute a singular and outstanding historic scenery.The works, which will be carried out during the project, include a conceptual und intelligent sweep of the green wilderness, which has captured the originally garden site. This means the clearing of small or middle aged trees and plants that are not typically for the park as well as the excavation of garden structures with century old origin currently covered by leaves. Finally, a handcrafted historic water suspension system in the hill slope, dating back to 1892, which combines as well technical as artistic construction value, will be restored.Those works and measures will surely help the city of Freudenstadt, its citizens and guests, to realize the enormous treasure of air-bath heritage and livelihood during the golden age, when this formerly rural town deep down in the woods became a world famous spa resort. The garden project can also set an impulse for a highly needed renewal, a new start for the whole old cure district of Freudenstadt.


shared rooms with beds,warm showers, toilets,The meals will be prepared together as they are part of the community life, what means that every participant will be responsible for the meal at least once during its stay. So it would be very nice if the participants could bring typical recipes from home in order to introduce each other to the preparation of food from all over the world.


The aeurooeWaldlustaeuro Hotel in Freudenstadt, founded in 1899, was a first choice resort of a noble society of spa guests. It stands as a historic architecture building, as a cultural heritage treasury, as a long time social meeting place in a high rank aeuro( a unique symbol of a former golden period of town development.During the 1st third of the 20th century the hotel took a breathtaking career, carried by the arrival of many world famous guests aeuro( kings, queens, princes, poets and artists. aeurooeWaldlustaeuro, the leading hotel of Freudenstadt, came to success by the entrepreneurial genius of a widespread hotel dynasty, the Luz family, who owned and managed several well known houses in Freudenstadt, Baden-Baden and Austria.Today the old palace with its impressive size and scenery and its glorious aeurooepersonalaeuro history offers us a review back to a golden era, almost unimaginable for such a small town deeply embedded in the Black Forest woods. The Freudenstadt Association for Heritage is highly ambitious to preserve the splendid architecture as a cultural heritage site of a great age. Therefore it undertakes rooftop repairing and other constructive measures, carries out conservation works as well as preventive measures against the loss of art. The association also informs about the great history of the heritage site by guided tours and by public relation efforts of all kinds. The aeurooeWaldlustaeuro Hotel is surrounded by a wide park area, which formerly served as an old style wellness and leisure time retreat for the noble high society clientele: with broad promenades, nicely built in the steep hillside, with stone walls and stair cases as well as intimate sitting opportunities, which offers marvellous outlooks.This once very characteristic Grandhotel leisure ground had been fallen to oblivion in many years. Forms and structures had gone lost, due to the absence of any gardening and cultivation aeuro( until the aeurooeDenkmalvereinaeuro started to restore paths and interesting places of this traditional ground.


CV photo, Motivation letter related to the project required

Open Houses – not empty buildings, but places with visible and invisible traces of history, places which have grown and decayed over the centuries, places which were shaped by those people who lived there long ago as well those who left only yesterday – places which will be shaped by those who live there or who come as a guest.

Open Houses – rooms which want to be filled with dreams and ideas, with meetings and exchange, by people of different backgrounds, different cultures, different generations and different ideas and visions.

The history of Open Houses Network dates back to the mid-1980s, when a group of young people started to restore village churches in East Germany in voluntary work to protect them from decay. The engagement for these buildings united people who enjoyed the freedom these activities provided and who filled these rooms with life again in ways which by far exceed the craftsmen’s´ work done – through exhibitions, concerts, making music together or just sitting by the camp fire.
Meanwhile, rooms free of political and ideological pressure are no longer urgently required; however, places have become rare where people can meet without commercial pressure, free of bureaucracy and institutionalism, free of nepotism and the exclusion which it produces.
What should be easy – to go somewhere in order to meet people and to work together – has become difficult. The tightrope walk between, on the one hand, public activities in a monetary and functional sense, and the retreat into private life on the other, is very difficult, and it requires a lot of power and permanent efforts to tackle red tape and financial restrictions.
Free spaces are less and less understood as common property, and are permanently being cut back. The idea of public property seems to have gone out of fashion, and places of common responsible work have become rare.
Open Houses Network tries to create and protect such spaces. In this process, we do not want to be the do-ers, but be people who have a vision, who want to initiate something, but who also are aware of depending on the co-operation of others. We understand our projects and events as offers – as offers to create space for commitment, for changes, for meetings.

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