The destinature village is a nature hotel and outdoor holiday village. Located on the outskirts of the idyllic village of Hitzacker, not far from the Elbe, in the middle of the Lower Saxon Elbtalaue biosphere reserve. Overnight huts and mobile covered beds as well as an organic bistro and a sustainable sanitary building were built on a former garden plot. Old trees and large bushes enliven the area as well as fruit trees, from which you can reap plenty in late summer.
The 16 destinature huts are built and furnished in the WERKHAUS style, with wood from sustainable forestry. Textiles in certified organic quality and high-tech mattresses with an eco-wool cover ensure a pleasant room climate and a relaxed sleep. With closable ventilation slots (with insect screen), you can get fresh air and enjoy the direct view of the stars. Another highlight is the bed to go, the mobile micro hut. Here you can sleep, protected from insects, under the open sky and be tickled by the sun. If you like it more shady, just turn the bed, because with its two wheels it can be easily moved. Six of these beds are distributed around the premises, but can also be pushed together or grouped together for group bookings.
The destinature village was built in 2019 and opened in September. Eva and Holger Danneberg, the owners of WERKHAUS, are the initiators and owners. Actually manufacturers of sustainable living and office accessories, furniture and goods displays, the two company founders have realized their vision of comfortable and completely sustainable accommodation in the middle of nature with this nature hotel. Guests can look forward to an open-air vacation.
The destinature village invites you to return to the important things and to spend quality time with the family. The organic bistro offers enjoyment of high-quality, regional organic food and beverages. There are many opportunities to meet other guests, whether at breakfast on the terrace or in the evening at the fireplace. If you want to retreat, you can use the terrace in front of your own hut. Smartphones and laptops can be charged anywhere in the destinature village using solar energy.
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ArchitectureThe destinature huts and mobile beds are made exclusively from sustainable materials and mostly assembled in the original WERKHAUS plug-in system. Set up on pedestals, the huts do not have to be anchored to the ground. This means that they can be broken down at any time without leaving any lasting traces in nature. WERKHAUS obtains its materials preferably from local sources, without long delivery routes. The huts and the entire interior were manufactured in our own factory in Bad Bodenteich and set up by the employees and local companies. The two beds in the huts can be pushed to either side using a sliding system. In addition, they can be expanded over the entire area to form a spacious lying area. There are two hut categories. The destinature Hut Plus is additionally equipped with a sustainable dry toilet and a hand wash basin, the destinature Hut with a third bed. The destinature huts are furnished in the WERKHAUS style. All furniture comes from the WERKHAUS product range or was specially made for the destinature village. They are made from Douglas fir and spruce wood from certi ﬁ ed forestry and combined with sustainably produced textiles made from natural materials as well as innovative material combinations. The textiles were designed by an in-house designer and show lovingly illustrated natural and village impressions. The style of the huts can be described as minimalistic and at the same time homely.
FoodThe organic bistro offers breakfast, salad and snacks as well as a vegan and gluten-free menu. Many of the food and drinks are sourced from regional manufacturers, like the bread from a Wendish organic bakery. There are long-standing relationships with some organic producers, which stem from the common eco-pioneering period of over 25 years ago. In addition, participation in an emerging solidarity agricultural initiative is planned on site, so that fruit and vegetables can be obtained without detours from the environment and in organic quality.
At WERKHAUS traditionally, good working conditions, such as the compatibility of family and work, as well as the integration of refugees, disabled people or people with difficulties on the job market, are taken into account. This line is also observed by the employees in the destinature village. Just like ecological projects, WERKHAUS supports social projects. The most recent examples are the cooperation with the non-profit organizations Goldeimer and Viva con Agua as well as the GoBanyo, the homeless shower bus in Hamburg. Kindergartens, schools, social institutions and associations are also continuously supported by donations or sponsoring. In the village, social interaction and environmental awareness for an environment worth living in should also be promoted. Through open communication rooms (bistro or village level at the campfire) as well as through cooperation with local providers. Close cooperation on site, for example with the directly adjacent Hitzacker Archaeological Center, is intended to give guests the opportunity to experience the past of the place, the surrounding Lower Saxony Elbe Valley biosphere reserve with its unique flora and fauna, the rustic and creative Wendland, the Elbe to discover with its popular Elbe Cycle Path (a few hundred meters away).
EnvironmentSustainability already played a role when the WERKHAUS company was founded in 1992. Eva and Holger Danneberg had previously lived in an environmentally conscious manner and continue to do so in their corporate philosophy to this day. Since 1992, ecological and social production has been consistently important only in Germany, and constant improvements in the area of environmental protection have been worked on. In the village, energy and hot water are generated by solar power, and there is also a contract with Greenpeace Energy. There are solar panels for charging cell phones and small electrical devices with batteries. A solar thermal system is also planned. The wood materials come from certified sustainable forestry - MDF materials include wood fibers from residual or dead wood. In a material customer, WERKHAUS discloses its suppliers and the materials they use, including for destinature products and the destinature village. WERKHAUS has been committed to nature conservation right from the start and thus also to climate protection. Projects are continuously supported, such as current nature conservation projects in Germany from Agora Natura (https://agora-natura.de/) or various tree planting campaigns (more than 700 trees planted in the period from September 2019 to the present). WERKHAUS is also a partner of the Lower Saxony Elbtalaue Biosphere Reserve, in which the destinature village is located.
Well-BeingWith three outdoor saunas, outdoor showers and hot tubs, the destinature village offers a very special wellness offer. The outdoor wellness area is located in a part of the village shielded by bushes and trees, so that guests can enjoy their time there undisturbed. The Finnish wood stoves ensure the right temperatures in the saunas. Up to six people can sauna together on the comfortable seats, optionally on two levels. Two large windows and a sauna door made entirely of glass offer a view of nature. You can cool off under the outdoor showers. The two wood-heated bath tubs round off the wellness experience. Towels and bathrobes in organic quality can be borrowed.
From Lüneburg it takes just under an hour by car to the destinature village (50 km). Hamburg is a good hour away (102 km), Hanover around 2 hours (140 km) and Berlin around 3 hours (247 km).
The closest train station is in Hitzacker. The Wendlandbahn runs directly from Lüneburg to Hitzacker. From the train station it is 1300 meters to the destinature village. The exact address and directions can be found on the website.
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