ahead burghotel

Lenzen/Elbe, Brandenburg, Germany

The "ahead burghotel", which opened in 2021, is the world's first climate-positive vegan hotel and wants to be a pioneer as one of the most sustainable hotels in Germany. The committed team implements the ambitious goals with a lot of passion and enthusiasm. The listed castle from the 13th century is located in the middle of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Elbe River Landscape, surrounded by a large garden with many birds and a small river. A variety of offers for exercise in nature brings the desired grounding and relaxation. The traditions of the place paired with sustainable ideas result in a coherent concept.

The rooms are in the castle or in the historic castle school. When setting up, attention was paid to organically certified furniture and materials. Wooden furniture, light textiles, natural colors and meadow-green decorative details such as individually painted walls, covers and plants dominate. In every room there are yoga mats ready for the daily courses in the tea house or in the countryside.

The rich breakfast buffet is taken in the sun-drenched conservatory. In the "place to V" restaurant you can choose to sit in the bright dining room or on the beautiful terrace. Veganism is celebrated here with ease, creativity and a lot of enjoyment. Depending on the season, there are black gnocchi with truffles, wild herb salad with colorful tomatoes or crumble with fruit from our own orchards. After the meal, a stroll through the garden will allow you to see some of the vegetable products you just eaten growing. A (climate) positive feeling to spend time here.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Single roomfrom79 €
Double roomfrom129 €
Family roomfrom167 €


ArchitectureThe hotel is located in a historic and listed castle complex. During the extensive renovation, attention was paid to sustainability down to the last detail.

FoodThe goal of the "place to V" restaurant is to get more people excited about climate- and animal-friendly food and at the same time to be attractive as a holiday destination for the urban and nutrition-conscious target group. Some ingredients come from the organically certified Burggarten.

Great importance is attached to ensuring that partners and suppliers are also sustainable and support social projects. For example "Solicola" from Berlin, which promotes projects for refugees, or the "My Boo" bamboo bicycles for hire, which are produced sustainably and fairly in Ghana and Kiel and thus support school projects and fair jobs in Ghana. There are barrier-free rooms with a stair lift and walk-in shower.

Environment100% green electricity, two combined heat and power plants for generating electrical energy and heat, in which the waste heat is also used to generate electricity, almost paperless office organization, waste separation in the rooms, vegan room furnishings and cleaning agents. In terms of sustainability, the responsible guests decide for themselves how often they change towels or how often they are cleaned and can thus actively participate in environmental protection. A forest in Panama is being reforested together with other hotels to compensate for the unavoidable CO₂ emissions. The sustainability of the reforestation project has been checked by independent third parties and has been awarded seals such as CCBS (Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards) and "Gold" status.

Well-BeingThere are two saunas, massage services, regular yoga and meditation classes, Pilates, nutrition workshops, and yoga retreats.


  • An innovative and future-oriented hotel concept in historic, listed castle walls
  • Surrounded by a more than 5 hectare, organically certified castle garden, directly on the river Löcknitz
  • Vegan, climate-positive and consistently sustainable with a purely plant-based and ecological restaurant
  • Burggarten with a natural poetry garden with works of art and the AuenReich
  • The tea house surrounded by greenery as a retreat for meditation and yoga
  • Regular nutrition workshops and yoga retreats
  • Swimming in the Rudower See, cycling on the Elberadweg or hiking in the Rambower Moor
  • Exhibitions on the river landscape and the town history of Lenzen in the medieval castle tower and in the historic half-timbered barn
  • The castle tower offers a wonderful view over the countryside
  • A pair of storks live on the premises

Hotel39 roomsBreakfast + restaurantChildren welcomeWi-FiDisabled accessno PoolPets allowed


  • Hotel with 39 rooms in the castle and historical castle school
  • Breakfast included in the room rate
  • Vegan restaurant with sun terrace and winter garden
  • Barrier-free rooms with stair lift and walk-in shower
  • Wellness area with Finnish and bio sauna
  • Various massage offers
  • Daily yoga, pilates or meditation classes (yoga mat in each room)
  • Bamboo bikes, stand up paddling and canoes on site
  • Approximately 200 m2 large conference and event room


Ein Hotel zwischen Berlin und Hamburg, mitten in der Natur. Ein geeigneter Ort zum Fahrradfahren, Wandern und Natur erkunden. Das ahead Burghotel ist der geeignete Ort für eine Auszeit aus dem Alltag. Und das Beste: Das Hotel ist sogar klimapositiv. Hier gibt es veganes Essen, recyceltes Klopapier und natürlich 100% Ökostrom.

Deborah Iber und Laura Hampel,, September 2022

Von der Zimmerausstattung bis hin zur Hotelküche zieht sich die Nachhaltigkeit und Ökologie als roter Faden durch das Hotelerlebnis... Auch für den Gaumengenuss ist gesorgt: Im integrierten Restaurant „place to v“ werden regionale und saisonale Speisen auf pflanzlicher Basis angeboten. Von der Sonnenterrasse und dem Frühstückswintergarten können die Gäste den Blick über den fünf Hektar großen Burggarten schweifen lassen. Chill-Out Areas mit Hängematten und Liegestühlen laden zum Verweilen ein. Für Yoga und Meditation stehen neben einer Yoga-Matte auf jedem Zimmer auch die Grünflächen und das fußbodenbeheizte Teehaus als Rückzugsort zur Verfügung. Geführte Kurse gehören zum täglichen Angebot für die Gäste., September 2022
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Rooms + Rates

per night
Single roomfrom79 €
Double roomfrom129 €
Family roomfrom167 €

Location + Directions

By car

It takes about 2.5 hours to drive from Berlin to the burghotel (192 km). It takes just under 2 hours from Hamburg (153 km), from Hanover just under 3 hours (172 km), from Schwerin around 1 hour (77 km) and from Wolfsburg it takes a good 2 hours (124 km). The exact address can be found on the website.

With public transport

The nearest (ICE) train station is in Wittenberge. From there you continue by bus to Lenzen, Markt (journey time approx. 40 minutes). The bus stop is only a few minutes' walk from the hotel.