Today’s post was a totally unexpected little trip 30 minutes away from my parent’s house to the upside-down house in Wertheim. I didn’t expect it to be such a success with my kids but it was and that’s why I decided to write a post now. It will be a quick and fun one.
We visited the Toppels House (Toppels Verdrehte Welt) right outside of Wertheim which is an upside-down house. Everything is upside down and it is done so well and makes a phenomenal backdrop for people who just love to take photos like us.
What is an upside-down house?
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An upside-down house is a unique type of architecture that has been popping up all over the world in recent years. These types of houses are designed to look as if they have been flipped upside down, with the roof on the ground and the foundation in the air.
Notable upside-down houses in the world
One of the most famous upside-down houses is the “WonderWorks” building in Orlando, Florida. This building is a popular tourist attraction that features over 100 interactive exhibits and is designed to look like a house that has been lifted and flipped over.
Another notable upside-down house is the “Crazy House” in Dalat, Vietnam. This unique building was designed by Vietnamese architect Dang Viet Nga and features a series of interconnected rooms and walkways that resemble a giant treehouse. Visitors can explore the house and climb through the various rooms and levels, which are all designed to look as if they are upside down.
- WonderWorks – Orlando, Florida, USA
- Upside Down House – Szymbark, Poland
- Upside Down House – Baan Teelanka | Phuket, Thailand
- The House of Katmandu – Mallorca, Spain
- Kuala Lumpur Upside Down House – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Upside Down House – Rügen, Germany
- Upside Down House – Trassenheide, Germany
- Top Secret Upside Down White House – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
- The Upside Down House – Niagara Falls, Canada
- Tagurpidi Maja – Tartu, Estonia
- Upside Down House – Krasnoyarsk, Russia
- Upside Down House – Moscow, Russia
- The Crazy House – Dalat, Vietnam
- Toppels House (Toppels Verdrehte Welt) – Affoldern, Germany
Our visit to an upside-down house
Since I was born and raised in Lohr am Main which is close to Wertheim and Affoldern, we got to visit the Toppels House with our kids. And here are all the photos that we took.
My daughter made my dad, her grandfather sign a contract that he’d take her back before we go back to the US because she has so many more ideas of what kind of photos she wants to take. He signed the contract (smirk) which means I’ll have to go and take more photos of her and her ideas.
Let’s just see what we came up with so far.
As you can tell I enjoyed the upside down house too. Actually quite a bit 😉
I think the below photo of my daughter on the fridge is one of my favorites:
My mom thought it was really interesting but couldn’t go all the way in because she struggles with dizziness. 80% of the people entering the home complained about it and I have to admit I felt a little strange myself.
I tried to explain to my mom that the floors and ceilings weren’t straight and they even tweaked the perspective to make the rooms look larger than they actually were in the photos. It’s like you are wearing someone’s prescription glasses for a while and you get dizzy from it which just proves how much your own eye can trick you.
Even in the roadside cafe, they have things upside-down.
We all give the Toppels-Haus a major thumbs up for odd fun without spending a lot of money or an entire day. If you love taking movies and photos as much as we do, then it’s a must. You should have seen my snapchat videos (@cuckoo4design)… it was bizarre. Maybe I’ll cut them together to make a little movie to show you.
And I’m also looking forward to what kind of photo ideas my little one comes up with on our trip back to the house since she won’t let the contract slide with my dad.
UPDATE: note the outfit change which means we already went back for more photos:
Wasn’t this fun?
And if you are interested in seeing other designer homes I’ve visited then you can check out the HGTV Dream Home on Martha’s Vineyard, the Southern Living Idea House on Bald Head Island, Jersey Shore architecture, beautiful Jersey shore homes with Bahama shutters, or the Philadelphia Magazine’s Design Home.