A new exhibit called “Soma” at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof museum allows visitors to sleep overnight amid 24 golden canaries and a dozen reindeer.
“Guests can rent a single revolving bed in the middle of the reindeer herd for 1,000 euros ($1,363) per night. Businesswoman Maru Winnacker and her husband rented the bed a few weeks ago and considered the hefty price tag money well spent. “The bed was comfortable, but we were too excited to sleep,” she told The Associated Press. “The reindeer were playing and fighting; it was quite loud. We sat on the bed and watched it all.” The bed is at the end of a long room on a raised circular platform that overlooks the reindeer enclosure. The pathway that leads to the stairs up to the bed bisects the sawdust-covered pen, and tall white railings keep the reindeer and guests separated at all times. Six reindeer are on one side, another six on the other. “It wasn’t a night like any other night,” said Belgian-born Carsten Hoeller after staying over himself. He also found it a little difficult to sleep: “The reindeer made distinctive roars that sounded to me like lions — you are surrounded by different noises here.”