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Heiligendamm - Bright Pearls by the Baltc Sea

( “Heic te laetitia invitat post balnea sanum"- You are invited to enjoy yourself here after a healing bath, tells the inscription at the gable of the spa hotel in Heiligendamm. By this charming invitation the white town by the sea has attracted innumerable guests from home and abroad for more than 200 years.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania owes this gem of a place to Frederick-Francis I Duke of Mecklenburg Schwerin, who took his first bath in the Baltic Sea at Heiligen Damm in 1793. Not so much because of the curing water, but rather to boost his duchy's economic upturn, he got enthusiastic about the establishment of a public seaside resort. Following the great English examples of Brighton and Bath he caused the erection of white, elegant houses along the cost.

Half a century later, Grand Duke Paul Frederick made the resort a real summer residence of timeless and plain beauty. Until 1865 graceful villas were built, placed along the coast like pearls on a string. From that time on visitors remembered the bright ensemble of houses as “white town by the sea". No less than the European high nobility including the Tsar's family and Lord Nelson were among those guests taking a holiday in Heiligendamm. The exclusive seaside resort became increasingly popular until the 1930s. After the Second World War many patients were welcomed to Heiligendamm's bathhouses and villas then functioning as sanatoriums and convalescent homes.

In 1996, a group of investors named FUNDUS purchased the white town by the sea. Due to extensive renovations the classical masterpiece of architechture celebrates its glorious renaissance today. The Kempinski Grand Hotel Heiligendamm opened in spring 2003 and welcomes visitors to its fashionable apartments and meeting rooms. As luxurious as ever the exclusive spa receives international guests looking for recreation. Still joy invites them after healing baths: Starred chef Tillmann Hahn for example surprises gourmets with masterly prepared, declicious meals.

In 2007 the G8 Summit will be held at Kempinski Grand Hotel. Prominent personalities will reside at the luxurious villas of Heiligendamm and thus tie in with its grand history. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania expects thousands of guests, heads of states, congress participants and journalists and yet again will prove its cosmopolitanism and internationality.

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