Kittlitz, Northern Germany, Germany

"School's out for summer" is a rock classic that everyone has probably sung in a good mood on the way to the long holidays. In THE BETTERHEIM, since the beginning of 2023, you can spend wonderful holidays at any time of the year in a former school.

Frede, her husband Axel and their three children have created a holiday oasis for friends and families that is as sustainable as it is stylish in the village of Kittlitz in Schleswig-Holstein after almost two years of renovation work.

In the thatched brick house from 1840, four spacious holiday apartments with a beautiful and at the same time sustainable interior have been created after the core renovation. Frede is an interior designer and stylist by training and has furnished the apartments in a modern, stylish and comfortable way, while preserving the old charm of the building. The renovated half-timbered structure matches the furniture made of rattan and Viennese weave, zellige tiles in the bathroom in pink or sage green provide stylish accents, beautiful boho blankets, cushions and matching decorative objects round off the concept. Actually, you want to take everything with you immediately and furnish yourself at home in the same way. And that is also possible - Frede sells the accessories and furniture of the Dutch trend brand HKliving to interested guests.

The apartments have very well equipped and pretty kitchens made of real wood. There are also tips for good shopping opportunities from the lovely hosts. Workshops on sustainable living, team building seminars and yoga retreats can also be booked. And all around there is pure nature to switch off and relax - meadows, lakes, moors and lots of apple trees. And if you want to get a taste of the city for a change, you can quickly get to Lübeck or Schwerin. Ah, if only there were always (long) holidays...

Rooms + Rates

per night
Apartmentfrom192 €


ArchitectureThe renovation was carried out with ecological building materials and plastic was largely avoided in the furnishing of the four holiday apartments. The thatched roof and brick walls have been preserved, the old wooden beams have been restored. In the garden, attention is paid to sustainable, regional and insect-friendly planting. In addition, self-sufficient beds are planned.

EnvironmentConversion with energy efficiency class 100, ecological building materials, pellet heating, own well with water filters, plastic-free furnishings and equipment, waste separation, towels from Kushel, bed linen from Linenbundle, cleaning products from Everdrop, DIY cleaning products and plastic-free cleaning utensils. The organic waste is of course composted.


  • Stylish holiday oasis in a former school, a thatched brick house from 1840
  • Located in Kittlitz, near the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Schaalsee
  • The apartments are mostly plastic-free
  • Workshops on sustainable living, team building seminars and yoga retreats are being planned
  • Swimming, cycling, hiking and horseback riding possible in the area
  • Excursions to Mölln (Till Eulenspiegel), Ratzeburg (historic old town), Hamburg (Elbe), Lübeck (Holstentor), Schwerin (castle) and Travemünde (Baltic Sea)

Apartments4 apartmentsOwn cooking facilitiesChildren welcomeWi-Fino disabled accessno PoolPets allowed


  • House with 4 apartments for up to 4 people each
  • Well and high quality equipped kitchens in the apartments
  • All apartments with private outdoor area (terrace or garden)
  • Dielencafé on site offers cake classics such as Friesentorte and apple pie
  • Event rooms for workshops and seminars
  • Online shop for interior
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Rooms + Rates

per night
Apartmentfrom192 €

Location + Directions

By car

It takes about 1 hour to drive from Hamburg to THE BETTERHEIM (75 km). It takes around 45 minutes (37 km) from Lübeck, around 2.5 hours (217 km) from Hanover and just under 3 hours (250 km) from Berlin. The exact address can be found on the website.

With public transport

The nearest train station is in Ratzeburg. From there there is a bus connection to Kittlitz. The bus stop is right in front of the door.