Kranich Hotel

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 exhibitions, but also the rooms of the museum and hotel, designed by the New York architect and installation artist Alex Schweder, 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 look out over the parkland with its mature trees.

In addition to the six rooms on the ground floor, there are two apartments in the attic. They also reveal the charm of imperfection. The 43-square-metre apartment facing east with a view of the orchard has been furnished with a bed in which you sleep like in a crane’s nest. On the other side, the west-facing 75-square-metre maisonette is overlooking an elegant ambience from a dizzy height.

The estate includes an old smithy, which houses a café decorated in typical 1950s style. Guests are treated to homemade cakes and small dishes.

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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, carriage rides, kitesurfing

Why we like this house

A special place to relax, enjoy art and to explore the eastern seacoast.

This house is great for

Single travellers, couples, (small) families


Region/Town DE – Germany, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saal, Hessenburg
Name Kranich Hotel
Scenery small settlement between wide range and old trees
Number of guests 6 double bedrooms and 2 apartments (for 2 / 3 people), extra beds possible
Completed 2015 (originally built around 1840), 2019 (apartments)
Design Alex Schweder, New York
Published Weltkunst Special 02/2022: Art and Nature, GEO Saison (February 2022), ELLE Germany (February 2022), Der Tagesspiegel (Sept. 2021), ZEIT-Edition Hotels zum Verlieben 2021, Der Tagesspiegel 9/2021, SZ Magazin 33/2021, Der Feinschmecker 2/2021, Hoteldesign 10/2020, AIT 6.2020, Manager Magazin 06/2020, DIE ZEIT 10/2017
Special Features The manor house features a registrar’s office. It also houses an artist in residence program.
Architecture Old & new
Accomodation Hotel
Criteria 1-2 (house/apartment), Rooms for 1-2 (hotel), Art, Beach, Pet-friendly, Restaurant, Sea

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One Comment

  1. Für uns – mal durch einen Zufall vor 4 Jahren entdeckt – ein Kreinod, ein kleines Paradies, ein Rückzugsort zum Entschleunigen. Wir haben sogar im letzten Jahr unsere Hochzeit vor Ort gefeiert, mit unseren Kindern und Freunden und alle waren begeistert, welch wunderschönes, kleines, idyllisches und individuelles Hotel sich dort versteckt. Idyllisch, weil man morgens den Hahn hört, die Vögel zwitschern, die Bienchen summen und der Storch auch vorbeischaut. Aber nicht nur die Natur, der Park sind idyllisch, auch dieses einzigartige Hotel, diese Komposition aus Modernem und Altem, diese Architektur ist einmalig. Zum Glück hat Frau Dr. Klein das Potential in einer Ruine entdeckt und hat ihre Träume mit kreativen Architekten umgesetzt. Das Hotel, der Park sowie die Schmiede bilden ein zusammenhängendes Ensemble. Wenn man sich einlässt, kommt man sofort in einer anderen Welt an. Die liebevolle und wirklich fast familiäre Betreuung der Hausdamen lassen keinen Wunsch offen. Es ist eines unserer Lieblingsplätze in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Wer einmal dort war- den packt die Sehnsucht – immer wieder einmal vorbei zu schauen. Nach dem Urlaub im Kranichhotel – ist vor dem Urlaub im Kranichhotel.
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