10 Years Grand Hotel & 220 years Heiligendamm
A unique world - from generation to generation.
In 1793, Frederick Francis I, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg took the advice of his personal physician, Prof. Dr. Samuel Gottlieb Vogel, and bathed at the "Heiliger Damm" on the Baltic coast, thus marking the birth of the first German seaside health resort.
Professor Vogel had recognised the healing effect that sea water had on a whole range of conditions. In favour of the location of Heiligendamm, however, were climatic advantages such as air that was humid and relatively dust-free, low temperature fluctuations, the abundant beech forests all around it as well as the lack of high and low tides.
In the years that followed its foundation, a lot of building work took place at the "Heiliger Damm" in order to cope with the ever-increasing popularity of the seaside resort.
Between 1793 and 1870, architects Johann Christoph Heinrich von Seydwitz, Carl Theodor Severin and Gustav Adolph Demmler created a unique, classical work of art made up of bathing and lodging houses.
In 1823, the first race track on the European continent - located between Heiligendamm and Doberan – was opened, thus becoming the cradle of German horse racing.
In 1862, a narrow-gauge railway was built, connecting Doberan with Heiligendamm. In 1910, the track was extended as far as Kühlungsborn and a steam-driven train still runs along it today.
Since its early beginnings, Heiligendamm has always been Germany's most elegant seaside resort. The high nobility of Europe, even the Tsar's family itself, spent their summer holidays here. Until 1930, Heiligendamm continued to be an exclusive seaside resort with many prominent guests. A visit to the resort at least once in a lifetime was an absolute must for the high society of the age.
After the Second World War, the buildings in Heiligendamm were used as a sanatorium and for convalescence.
In 1996, the Fundus Group, which was based in Düren, acquired the historical buildings of Heiligendamm, along with 500 hectares of land.
After three years of careful reconstruction, the Grand Hotel Heiligendamm was opened on 1 June 2003, thus ringing in the rebirth of Germany's oldest seaside health resort.