Heiligendamm is the oldest seaside resort in Germany. It was founded in 1793 and for many, many years nobility from throughout Europe used it as a summer getaway. This changed with World War II - and afterwards the buildings were used as sanatoria and recovery ward in the GDR Regime. The lodgings once used by German kaisers and Russian czars now accomodated socialist workers. They were run down and not maintained very well. After the German reunification some inverstors bought the site and built a hotel complex. However, there is still a row of unrefurbished buildings there, giving the place a somewhat gloomy and morbid charme.
This picture shows a refurbished part of the hotel, the Haus Mecklenburg (built in 1795).
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