When guests open their eyes in the morning, the first thing they enjoy is a unique panoramic view over the water, the Krumminer Wiek. Nestled in the Usedom Island Nature Park, your gaze wanders towards the reeds glistening with the morning dew, towards swimming swans, ducks and herons. When you look out the front door, you can admire the sunrise. With a lot of luck, the circling white-tailed eagle can also be observed.
The floating, light-flooded suites offer a very special overnight experience on the water with exclusive furnishings. Living in the suites is unique at any time of the year, because nature shows itself from a different, beautiful side every time. It is very cozy in winter, as the suites are equipped with a sauna or a fireplace. With a glass of wine wrapped up in a blanket on the terrace with a view of the frozen Wiek, you can forget the hectic pace of everyday life particularly well.
The suites have been available in the Krummin natural harbor since 2017, which is a privately owned harbour. The port and its employees act as hosts who personally welcome the guests. The idea came about when the hosts noticed that although more and more houseboats were being offered for guests, that certain something was still missing. So an attempt was made to combine the demand for "sleeping in the harbour", for example on a sailing ship, with a little extravagance in terms of equipment. This is how four unique and high-quality suites were created, in which the attention to detail can be seen: well-known furniture designers ﬁnd a home here, such as Rolf Benz. The rooms have been furnished identically by an interior designer, the colors come in the corporate design of the natural harbor: naturally beige with turquoise accents. The line is clear and rather minimalist.
What is important to the hosts is that it is unique and that the charm of the harbor is always preserved, because not only the suites themselves, but also the embedding in the environment of sailing boats and the natural idyll make the experience.
We also featured this accommodation in Five places on Usedom. You can read more about the region in our country special.
ArchitectureAll the elements and buildings of the port try to blend in visually and harmoniously with nature, which is why the majority of the work was done with natural materials. For this reason, local wood and reeds were used on the roofs of the main buildings. All suppliers involved in the construction are suppliers from the region who work with regional raw materials. Carpenters, painters and other craftsmen from the surrounding villages were commissioned to ensure short supply chains and to support the regional economy.
FoodThe guests of the floating suites can enjoy the cuisine of the natural harbor of Krummin. The food there is seasonal, regional and mostly organic. Guests can ﬁnd all the providers on a Pomeranian menu that supply the kitchen with food from the region. Since there is not enough space for this, only our own herbs and mint are grown. Employees also bring fresh food from their gardens or from the forest, which the guests will later ﬁnd in their dishes. Food waste is taken home by the employees for their animals, the rest ends up in the food bin. A special recommendation from the kitchen is the Wiekburger, because apart from tomatoes and onions, all components are sourced from the region. In addition, the roast Duroc pork, the glazed onions, the fried egg and the dips are specially prepared. The kitchen team generally puts a lot of time and love into the development and creation of special dishes, so that vegans don’t just have to be satisfied with the side dishes, but also receive wholesome, special dishes, such as the mushroom dumplings with toast, aioli and bulgur salad.
All employees come from the region. As an employer, it is important to the hosts that they pay into the company pension scheme for their employees with green investments. To give an example: These green investments flow into a wind farm near Anklam, which is literally on the doorstep. Employees receive free drinks and discounted or free food. They are also allowed to use the overnight accommodation so that they can experience for themselves what they offer their guests and how it is to sleep in the floating suites. In addition, the employees are employed all year round, so that they can escape from seasonal work that often represents uncertainty - this also applies to the catering sector. The hosts are involved in the NABU cork campaign, which creates jobs for the long-term unemployed and people with disabilities and the proceeds go to crane protection. In addition, there is a cooperation with various workshops for the disabled in the area of laundry and the supply of a cheese dairy or garden center.
EnvironmentAll arriving guests are offered a complimentary shuttle service to and from the train station to encourage arrival by train. Since 2022, however, there have also been e-charging stations for arrival with alternative "motors" in the car park. The guest folders contain information on the various measures to protect the environment: change of linen after a week (instead of daily, this can of course be implemented if desired be), instructions for correct waste separation in the port, the abolition of the Nespresso machine despite the use of sustainable capsules and a bicycle rental system. Cleaning is done with biodegradable materials. Since 2017, the hosts have been involved in the NABU cork collection campaign; this is both communicated online as well as in the guest folders. A main focus is also on the cooperation with regional and local providers, such as in port construction: the procurement of materials, the construction of the suites and the other port buildings. The regional focus is also particularly in the area of gastronomy to notice and to taste. We consciously do without plastic, but also rethought together with producers and employees.
Well-BeingA free-standing bathtub, sauna and fireplace in the suites ensure personal relaxation. Otherwise, wellness offers can be booked externally on request - the treatments can also take place in the houseboat. "Usedom Pur" is a heart project that aims to introduce visitors to the natural, authentic Usedom: starting with the regional menu and offers from external providers such as kayak tours (also for hire), electric boat tours and a pirate treasure hunt for the little ones guests, to sailing tours on an old fishing boat called Zeese, as well as stand-up paddling.Of course, numerous cycling and hiking tours can also be undertaken on land, alone or with a guide.
It takes just under 3 hours to drive from Berlin to the floating suites on Usedom (253 km). From Hamburg it is a good 3 hours (306 km), from Hanover around 4.5 hours (448 km) and from Rostock it takes just under 2 hours to Krummin (151 km). The exact address can be found on the website.
The train station in Usedom is about 6 kilometers away. A bus runs twice a day. Or you can be picked up by taxi or cycle the route.
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