Germany’s largest vegan hotel is located in Prignitz

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Germany’s largest vegan hotel is located in Prignitz

Lenses / Elbe.Once the main Elbe customs station in Brandenburg, Lenzen – idyllically situated in the meadows of the Elbe Valley in the heart of the Elbe-Brandenburg river biosphere reserve – today looks more like a hibernation. But the city of Prignitz has potential. Jonas Mog and Kim Stellbrinck are convinced of that. The two nationwide were looking for a place to realize their vision of the hotel industry. They found him in Lenzen and opened a year ago the “ahead burghotel” – Germany’s largest vegan hotel. “The area is a dream and we fell in love with the castle right away,” says CEO Jonas Mog, who now lives in Lenzen just like Kim Stellbrinck.

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Sustainable and organic hotel industry

“The hotel industry, as we want it to be, is sustainable and ecological,” says the 28-year-old CEO, who is proud that the establishment is not only climate-neutral but also climate-positive. : “Everyone who spends their holidays with us makes the world a little better.” The innovative concept of ancient walls – the castle tower dates back to the 13th century – is increasingly attracting people living consciously, including a growing number of younger people, many cyclists (the Elbe cycle path is a few hundred meters away), families, nature lovers and climate protectors, vegetarians and vegans. And last but not least, the dog lovers. Because the hotel is extremely dog ​​friendly. The four-legged friends are allowed in the restaurant and have their own bed in the room. What some visitors should definitely get used to: In “ahead burghotel” they consistently use the first name terms.

From vision to reality

The hotel is designed in many building blocks according to the vision of its CEOs. The 39 rooms are exclusively decorated with natural wooden furniture, the bedding is organic. The house uses 100 percent green electricity, and plastic and waste are largely avoided. There are two electric charging stations in front of the hotel, and the hotel itself is certified by ADFC as bicycle-friendly accommodation. The food often comes from organic farming and solidarity projects. Rolls, fruits, vegetables and more come from the region. There is a yoga mat in each room, and the heated tea house in Burggarten also invites to yoga and meditation.

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Nature, exercise, wellness

Around the castle there is plenty of space for people and animals to run around and a lot to discover. The five-hectare castle garden borders directly on Löcknitz, is crossed by a nature experience path and also surprises with “NaturPoesieGarten”. Anyone who wants to get to know the Åland landscape better can find out more in the BUND visitor center and local history museum, both located in the castle area. Canoes or stand up paddles are available for water lovers and the surrounding area can be explored on bamboo bikes. A fitness center, sauna and massage complete the hotel’s offerings.

Price for the vegan restaurant “place to V”

Chef Jonathan Gebhardt, who previously worked at a 3-star restaurant in Stockholm, takes care of the guests’ physical well-being. The hotel’s own restaurant “place to V” (V for vegan), which recently won 1st place in the “World Imrover Competition 2022”, is open to all lovers of vegan cuisine and those who want to try it, preferably with reservation. The restaurant’s evening menu includes, for example, “Magic Mushroom Burger” and “Königsberger Klopse made from tofu”. Very impressive: the CO2 footprint is given for every meal, which is never more than 800 grams. To be able to classify this value, the menu provides the comparison: The footprint of a dish, consisting of 200 grams of beef with side dishes, is three kilos. That equates to a journey of 21 kilometers by car. Kim Stellbrinck and Jonas Mog, who live vegan themselves, find a good reason for vegan nutrition. “For a better world, in harmony with nature, people and animals”, as the two put it to the whole hotel concept.

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