Garden House in Essen, Germany
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I always been in love with garden, thus passing by Margarethenhöhe area in Essen, Germany left a nice impression to me on the city. All the houses are green, plants are made to grow on the building wall and the houses even though they look the same, but no house is exactly the same. What impressed me even more was the history behind, how this place was founded by Margarethe Krupp (if you ever heard Thiessen-Krupp, a big steel company in Germany...then Margarethe was once the owner of Krupp company before it merged to Thiessen and become the company that it is now). Margarethe Krupp's idea was to make a city garden, comfortable for employee of Krupp to live in. It was probably the way she's thinking ahead about her employee benefit and welfare that impressed me.
The heart of Gartenstadt Margarethenhöhe is formed by the picturesque market square with its axis of guesthouse (now Hotel-Restaurant Margarethenhöhe), fountain and former Krupp’sche Konsumanstalt store (now a supermarket). Today, the Margarethenhöhe remains in the possession of the Margarethe Krupp-Stiftung für Wohnungsfürsorge (a foundation for housing). I am not sure if people that living there today is still the employee of Thiessen-Krupp company or whether anybody are allowed to rent house there.
Beside the Hotel-Restaurant of Margarethenhöhe (which serve very good food, but you have to book to dine in here as the place is a bit sophisticated, serving only maximum certain number of people....usually not more than 30 people a day), there is a restaurant nearby called Hulsmannshof. This restaurant is bigger and you can simply come in without reservation, they will always have a table there. But you can try to walk in to Margarethenhöhe restaurant, never know...you might get lucky and they find you a table.