Pure nature on the Bay of Lübeck: a gust carries seagulls through the air. The seagrass bends gently in the wind. And on the beach here and there are sunbathers, a few children play in the sand - otherwise there is peace here.
In the holiday village Augustenhof you can still enjoy the Baltic Sea far away from mass tourism. In 2004, former filmmakers Adolf and Regina Bollmann and their son Moritz made a dream come true. They bought a 15-acre area two kilometers south of Dahme directly on the beach. There they wanted to create the holiday resort they had always been looking for: a refuge for sustainable tourism with holiday homes that blend into the landscape. The result is so in the middle of a nature reserve a small town of 30 wooden houses with green roofs. The ecological beach village is on the one hand a model project, where new ecological techniques are shown.
Above all, it is also perfect for families: on the small playground with bird's nest swing and observation tower, the children meet. And on the rest of the grounds, the children can play largely unattended, while the parents lie relaxed on the beach, or sit on the terrace. Because apart from the few cars of the tourists there are no busy roads. And if you want to meet like-minded people, you also have the opportunity to do so: for in the community center of the holiday development there is not only a small health food store and a library, but also a coffee meeting twice a week for all guests.
Then the Bollmanns serve fresh waffles or home-baked cakes. In their houses, however, guests can also go their own way and make their holiday the way they like it most: sitting by the fireplace for hours, reading, swimming in the Baltic Sea, sweating in the sauna, taking walks on the beach, learning how to surf cycle through the Eastern Holstein Switzerland or drive with the whole family to Hansapark in Sierksdorf.
ArchitectureWhat can a holiday village look like that only slightly impacts nature? Who wants to know, should go to Augustenhof. For this question Adolf and Regina Bollmann have tried to find an answer when they began in 2004 to build the Augustenhof. The couple wanted to make the beach village a model project in which new ecological techniques in the areas of building materials, alternative energy and wastewater should be tested and presented. At first glance, the 30 buildings on the Baltic Sea beach are reminiscent of small Swedish houses. With their grass roof and the natural larch planking, they naturally fit into the extensive coastal landscape. However, there is a lot more to it: for example, PVC-containing fabrics have been dispensed with in construction, and the comfort houses have a double-layered clay plaster which, with its moisture-regulating properties, ensures a particularly good indoor climate. In addition, Bollmanns decided in the second construction phase 2008 for a newly developed insulating material made of wood, clay and water, which was injected under high pressure into the walls.
FoodA small health food store on the premises provides the guests with the most important food. In the morning, fresh bread rolls and coffee or milk are available to order. And if necessary, fresh fruit, vegetables and meat from the neighboring organic farm in stock. The special: nobody needs cash. Each guest simply writes in a little booklet what he has bought. Billing is then at the end of the holiday. In order to give guests the opportunity to get to know each other, the Bollmann family organizes a coffee meeting twice a week in the community center with home-baked waffles or cakes as well as hot and cold drinks.
EnvironmentAnother special feature is the sustainable energy supply: The community house was built as a passive house, which requires little additional energy even in winter, and in the other buildings was paid to an environmentally friendly energy supply: The 2004 built houses are powered by a small heating plant, which with Solar collectors and a wood pellet stove works. The houses from the second construction phase have their own solar collectors and a solar storage. For the time, in which the solar energy is not enough, supports a heat pump, which draws its energy from a 1 km long Solegraben. Here, too, the model character was taken into consideration: supplying identical houses with different energy technologies makes it possible to compare the different systems in their mode of action. In addition, a new wastewater technology is being tested in the beach village Augustenhof. The Augustenhof is supported by the Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein under the "Promotion of Ecotechnical and Ecological Measures" program of the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas. For its ecological orientation, the beach village of the "Royal Awards for Sustainability" and "Germany. Land of Ideas".
Well-BeingRelax at 60 - 90 degrees: On the Augustenhof there is a sauna house, which opens twice a week for all guests. On the other days, tourists can rent the sauna for 50 euros per day. There are also weekly massages and beauty treatments with natural products, and in the summer months there is the option to attend a Qigong class.
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The beach village Augustenhof can be reached from Hamburg in about 1.5 hours. Lübeck is about 65 km away. The exact directions you get with the booking.
From the train station Oldenburg / Holstein a call bus drives cheap and fast directly to the beach village Augustenhof. If possible, you should organize the call bus a few days before the scheduled date, as capacity is limited.
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