Discover Germany, Issue 26, May 2015

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Great Spa & Wellness Destinations

Unwind in an Astrid Lindgren idyll Set in the Sternberger Lakeland national park and directly on the banks of a magnificent lake, one can find the Seehotel am Neuklostersee. Cats roam through the grass, sheep graze on the fields and a relaxing rural idyll is sure to remove any stress from everyday life. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: NALBACH ARCHITEKTEN GMBH

Berlin-based architects Johanne and Gernot Nalbach have constantly converted and extended the family-operated hotel and have achieved an architecturally pleasing design in harmony with its rustic setting. Today, the thatched half-timbered barn and the Dutch clinker farmhouse have seen the addition of the ‘Badescheune’ with swimming pool and fireplace, the ‘Wohlfühlhaus’ offering beauty treatments, the hotel park with its own sandy beach and jetty as well as tennis courts. Alongside the cosy‘Gänsebar’ and the children’s ‘Kinderhotel’, the ‘Bootshaus’, used primarily for festivals and events, is yet another popular example of the hotel’s wide range of offerings.

“You won’t feel like you’re in a hotel, more like you’re in a cottage with friends,” explains Thomas Niederberghaus, journalist from DIE ZEIT/ZEITREISEN.The expansive views across the lake and the stunning scenery come hand in hand with great sporting facilities, extensive wellness and massage offers, a generous sauna landscape and a love for architectural details with the use of wood or straw. 26 rooms, suites and small holiday chalets provide relaxation and family holidays. An exceptional restaurant with a rich breakfast buffet, high quality local produce and freshly caught fish from the lake leave no wish unfulfilled. It’s therefore no wonder that GEO Saison called the

Seehotel am Neuklostersee one of Europe’s top 100 hotels.

Relaxation, celebrations and conferences in pure nature From a classic residence of the count’s family and village school to a hotel – the Kavaliershaus Suitehotel am Finckener See is a historical gem that has been restored and extended with an exceptional love for detail by Berlin-based architects Johanne and Gernot Nalbach. They have created a classy, inviting ambience for couples, groups, families and individuals alike. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: NALBACH ARCHITEKTEN GMBH

Choose between one of the twelve modern and spacious suites with cooking facilities and maisonettes or a room for two to six people, as each one creates the perfect space for a little break from everyday life. “Every house needs to be its own world and has to be an answer to its surroundings,” says architect Johanne Nalbach. This idea is reflected in the hotel’s interior design, as it refers back to the location’s history. The tranquil haven is located directly beside the lake in the picturesque nature of the Mecklenburg Lake District. Ideal for spending harmonious days with the whole

family, the hotel boasts almost unrivalled family friendliness – and not only because of the ‘Kinderspielhaus’, sandbox or the swings. After indulging in fresh local produce at the hotel’s restaurant, one can en-

joy the small wellness area with Finnish sauna and sauna garden, an old barn for events, a hotel park, a small bathing beach with landing stage, a wine cellar, as well as a lawn in the paradise-esque chateau park. The hotel’s surroundings also offer various biking and hiking paths as well as golfing opportunities. With good accessibility from Berlin and Hamburg, one can quickly escape the city buzz and enjoy some idyllic days in the countryside.

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