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The ivy penetrated a foot deep into the house

she freed The roots penetrated the temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia came Claudia Spalinger in the sense, as their newly acquired house in herrliberg with friends from the foliage. Yew, elder, snow-ball, - meter-high dogwood concealed the view of the facade. Ivy grew, vines thick as forearms had forced through the cracks in the Walls into the Interior.

A Meter deep, so far as the light penetrated, grew Green in the house. Spalinger couldn't believe what you here, to the rich gold coast encountered. Only now, with three years of distance, thinks Spalinger in a castle, if you look at your new home, to a sleeping beauty's castle.

A blot with history

Spalinger is not a Princess, not even Scion of a venerable gold coast sex. She came as a maid in the house to the Lily: The real estate agent from the Aargau should acquire the "eyesore" on behalf of the neighbor, this was just to restore the 1822 built "Loyalty". Now, you objected to the ruins next door. Spalinger established contacts with the owners, filed for your customer the origin of the purchase of interests. But when the time was ripe, had enough of the renovation of monument-protected real estate. It Spalinger could be a warning, but after some Hesitation, to handle.

A castle is not it, the house on Lily or "long term goal" said how to, but it was for the glorious Berger once at least as important: a "powerful building", noted the chronicle, with a high basement and three Main floors. In the 16th century. Century was the long term goal over the years, the splendid Berger headquarters. And one of the two competing taverns in the town, both located on the splendid Berger Haab. At the pier for Waidlinge, where in the middle ages, people and goods across the lake were shipped.

is Not Gold, but valuable salt was stored in the basement of the house. The lilies stand to host the Only in place of the Befugsame, it is to measure – a law, by the Zurich Council grants. Because the Lily was on the trade and pilgrimage route in the direction of Einsiedeln. From southern Germany, salt and other goods came to the lake of Zurich and the pious Wanderer on their journey.

the curse of The railway

a king stayed here once, or almost: in 1676, the Küsnachter upper Vogt of Zurich, master of the Guild the Meisen, Hans Heinrich Denzler bought for 4270 Guilder, the property. The Zurich goldsmith was at the Inn and farm, he brought both in the shot, to put paths and a garden.

Although the importance of the Haab declined as a trading centre with the construction of the lake road, in 1836, saw the house on Lily during the Viticulture boom in the 19th century. Century a further flowering: As the seat of the two-hundred-year-old wine dynasty of the Hottinger.

A jealous witch that conjured up the castle of sleeping beauty in the fairy tale in a hundred year sleep. As a curse for the house of the Lily of the construction of the railway line it turned out: in the Midst of the rolling vine hills that surrounded the Well at the time, drove the railway engineers to the high railway embankment. For the wine-growers of the way in your sliced wine mountains was suddenly steep and arduous. The Hottinger were not able to keep the Lily soon. Before it became a stately home behind rankendem Green in oblivion, it was used as an old people's home.

There has been a lot of accompanied more expensive than I thought

Closely by the Cantonal monument preservation Spalinger and your Partner have brought the Lily to the light her own and three more apartments in the former tavern housed. It has not tasted power for three years and three times as much money as you thought because the roof floor is considered, because the ivy has destroyed a part of it, because in the stairwell and in the rooms Ceiling and wall paintings came to light, you had to get used to it. Still, "it was worth It; with the house, I fulfilled a dream," says Spalinger. Others her age had children, this historic house. And honestly: Who can decipher it as a game with his friends in the living room sayings from the middle ages? This fairy tale has a Happy ending.

The weekly column "building zone" is dedicated to the many unusual, exciting, ugly, or somehow slanted houses that are everywhere in the Canton of Zurich. The well over a hundred previously published articles, you will find a construction zone (Tages-Anzeiger)

Created: 15.01.2019, 16:01 PM

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