The Kranich Hotel is located in an old mansion near the Bodden coast of Pomerania. The historian Bettina Klein bought the run down building in 1999 and saved it from total decay. A museum, a hotel as well as a café now form part of the manor’s ensemble of restored spaces. The museum on the first floor displays contemporary art – all on the topic of cranes. And not just the (always changing) exhibitions, but also the rooms of the museum and hotel, designed by the New York architect and installation artist Alex Schwede, are worth seeing. The traces time left on the mansion are highlighted rather than hidden, and the design’s concept includes an element of the “unfinished”, ensuring a special atmosphere in each room. The walls have been left bare and unpainted – on some walls you can see layers of color from several coats of paint over the years. There is a small gap between the raised wooden floor and the walls through which light shines from below, bringing out the textures of the stone walls. The rooms are furnished with antique furniture and cast-iron stoves, while modern beds set a contrast to the historic ambience. From old bathtubs resting on lions’ feet, you can enjoy the view out into the park or the courtyard.
What to do
The estate is located 2 km from the beach of the Saaler Bodden. The Baltic sea beaches of the Fischland peninsula, as well as Darss and Zingst, can be reached in about 35 minutes. It takes about 40 minutes to drive to the Hanseatic cities of Rostock and Stralsund.
Horseback riding, cycling, bird watching and carriage rides.
Why we like this house
A special place to relax, enjoy art and to explore the eastern seacoast.
Details of the property
Region/Town: DE – Germany, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saal, Hessenburg
Name: Kranich Hotel
Scenery: small settlement between wide range and old trees
Number of guests: [:de]6 Doppelzimmer [:en]6 double bedrooms
Architecture: Old & new
Completed: 2015 (originally built around 1840)
Design: Alex Schweder, New York
Published: DIE ZEIT 10/2017
Special Features: The manor house features a registrar’s office. It also houses an artist in residence program.