Farm owners rely on tourism: a daily pass

They look great with their mansions, barns and stables. But in order to maintain large real estate in Schleswig-Holstein, strong commercial operations are needed. And where agriculture and forestry are not enough, owners and women depend on Christmas markets and events. Some properties have also developed into hotels or rented holiday apartments in recent years and have a special place in tourism in Schleswig-Holstein.

Gut Panker (Bloen district) owned by the Landgraves of Hesse is a separate village with a chapel, Trakehner dynasty houses, and shops. There are 23 rooms available for overnight guests in the “Ole-Liese” restaurant.

Besides quality employees, real estate is the most valuable capital for Hessian House Foundation property management, says official Acaz von Wintzingerode. “Agriculture and forestry have been the basis of this company for nearly 300 years, as have many others.”

Farm holidays: hotels and restaurants cater to tourists

Gut Panker is a popular tourist destination, especially because of the hotel restaurant “Ole Liese” (one Michelin star in the restaurant “1797”), Forsthaus Hessenstein and its own shops, art workshops and galleries. “All buildings are actively used, and Panker provides a place to live and work for many people at the same time,” says von Wintzingerode.

According to tourism agency Schleswig-Holstein, properties are particularly interesting for state tourism due to events, culinary shows, and overnight accommodations. “For example, seasonal markets, especially Christmas markets, have developed into visitor attractions on many properties and have gained a reputation overseas,” says spokeswoman Manuela Schutze.

Cultural events such as concerts at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, garden fairs and much more are of particular interest to everyday tourists. “Property is part of the country’s history and through its openness and what it offers to guests, it contributes to Schleswig-Holstein’s image as a destination,” says Schüze.

Immenhof in Malente is now a hotel

One of the most famous properties in the state is Immenhof in Malente, East Holstein, which was made famous from local films from the 1950s. After a lengthy restoration, a 50-room hotel, six vacation apartments, two restaurants and an equestrian center opened directly on Lake Kellersee last fall. There is no actual farm anymore (daily ticket reported).

The starting conditions were not easy due to Corona, says hotel manager Thelo Mohl, but the hotel and restaurants were well received. Guests come mainly from the region of Hamburg and Berlin, from Lower Saxony, but also from North Rhine-Westphalia. Immenhof is free to access and should also be a destination for East Holstein vacationers and locals. “Eminhof’s topic is emotionally charged,” says press spokeswoman Julia Brinkmann.

The restoration and planning work was expensive, Mohl says. The complex is under the protection of the group and the memorial. But according to the hotel manager, the result was great. “All the rooms are individually designed,” Muhl says. From the windows, guests can enjoy a view of the Kellersee, the estate with its riding yard, or the mountainous and wooded landscape. Both restaurants attach great importance to regionalism and seasonality. “Everything comes from farms in the area — as much as is available,” Muhl says.

Farming and holiday homes

The situation of the Nehmten estate on the Great Plöner See is quite different. Christoph Freiherr von Fürstenberg-Plessen and his wife currently run three holiday apartments as well as Agriculture, Forestry and Energy Management. “We have to position ourselves very broadly, because tourism in our location is also a part of it,” he says. After all, tourism contributes about ten percent to business.

Caspar Graf zu Rantzau still practices extensive agriculture and forestry on the Pronstorf farm in Wardersee in the Segeberg region. The Christmas market and other events attract many visitors. Guests can stay overnight at the large sentry gate. “The hotel was built because we wanted to preserve the building,” he says. After a few years of autonomy, the hotel with 21 rooms has been rented since 2019. It is mainly used for weddings and meetings and not from the tourist business. It makes an economic contribution, “but it’s not a profitable cow.”

The Weissenhaus Resort in Wängels (Ostolstein region) is the peak of Schleswig-Holstein tourism. Chef Christian Schärer and his team were awarded two Michelin stars at the gourmet restaurant “Courtier”. International politics will stop at Weissenhaus in May: the foreign ministers of the seven major western industrialized nations (G7) will meet at the resort (the daily ticket reported). (dpa)

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