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article imageUpside down house: A Polish village’s topsy-turvy tourist draw

By Robert Myles     Jan 3, 2013 in Travel
A house constructed entirely upside down is now a tourist attraction for the tiny village of Szymbark in northern Poland. As well as presenting topsy turvy from the exterior, the house’s internal contradictions proved problematic during construction.
Completed in 2007, the house designed by Polish businessman and philanthropist Daniel Czapiewski was originally created as an artwork designed to be representative of the end of the communist era in Poland ushering in a time of uncertainty, reports Greenme.
Polish upside down house at Szymbark  Northern Poland
Polish upside down house at Szymbark, Northern Poland
Poland Travel - Polish Tourist Office
The house is situated in the village of Szymbark, about 39 kilometres south west of Gdansk in Northern Poland, and now attracts thousands of tourists each year.
Szymbark’s timber clad, upside down house, the only one in Poland, was completed in 2007 and took approximately five times longer than a conventional house to construct. One of the factors contributing to the longer than normal construction phase was the disorientation experienced by tradesmen working on the upside down house.
The same disorientation is reportedly experienced by present-day tourists to the upside down structure with many reporting feelings of seasickness and giddiness after just a few minutes within this strange upside down dwelling.
Upside down house at Szymbark  Poland with the  roof  entrance on the  ground .
Upside down house at Szymbark, Poland with the 'roof' entrance on the 'ground'.
Wikimedia Commons - Tomasz Sienicki
Visitors enter the upside down house via a roof window from where they can walk around on the ceilings. Internally, the house is furnished as it would have been during the communist era. According to Poland Travel, the television even broadcasts socialist propaganda typical of the period before life in Poland was turned upside down as communist rule across the nations of the Warsaw Pact came to an end.
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