Grandhotel Heinrich Heine

Built: 1898

Abandoned: 1994

Demolished: 2016

Visited: 2011

Schierke, Germany

This building was a luxury hotel in the DDR times. It was built in 1898 and named Hotel Fürst zu Stolberg. In 1950 it was branded Heinrich Heine, named after Christian Johann Heinrich Heine, a German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic. Russian officers were reported to have lived quite extravagantly in the complex after the WW II. Due to its proximity to the East-West German border, the hotel could only be visited by permit, and all guests had to wear ID tags at all times – however the Heinrich Heine continued to be quite popular, and rooms were often sold out, typically by government officials and wealthy businessmen.

Travel Hotel

After the reunification of Germany in the 1990s, the high-class guests, as well as the DDR parent company’s funds, vanished into thin air. The resort limped through the next few years operating as a Travel Hotel until 1994, when it was finally closed for good. The hotelgrounds were sold at an auction in 2007 for 43.000,00 euro. The building was demolished in July 2016.

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