You will discover many lovingly designed corners at the Deutsches Haus in Arendsee
Dished up at the Deutsches Haus in Arendsee
Family warmth in the climatic health resort Arendsee
Burghard Bannier lives and works where others spend their holidays: he runs the "Deutsches Haus" hotel family business in Arendsee. The Altmarker likes living in this "ideal world".
Hotelier Burghard Bannier believes that the Altmark is trendy as a holiday region. "Arendsee attracts people as it is not so crowded because it is quiet and small here." Before he settled here with his family in the 1990s, the Salzwedel native had travelled quite a bit: training in the Harz and Leipzig, work in Prague and Berlin. His time in Prague especially, where he lived with his wife for three years and where they worked together in a hotel, had a great influence on him. "Everything was so dogmatic in the GDR. The Czechs are different, they all have a bit of the soldier Svejk in them, if you remember him." This inspired him to build something for himself. His family is deeply rooted in the Altmark region and everyone who moved away felt the urge to come back at some point: "We've all grown up here." So Burghard Bannier and his family returned to Arendsee in the Altmark region during reunification and made his dream come true. Together they bought an old hotel in a half-timbered house and converted it into the "Deutsches Haus Arendsee". At that time they started with 5 hotel rooms and a restaurant with 40 seats, today there are 26 rooms and 170 restaurant seats. Bannier’s hotel is a family business, many relatives are employed by him. "We are doing this because we like doing this. We live and breathe it and that's part of our success." The hotelier considers it a privilege to be able to help shape the region as an entrepreneur. This is especially true as there is still untapped potential for companies. He has started his own projects and enables young people from Vietnam to be trained at his business. The hotel is well frequented, many regular guests come back every year. This is also because Bannier effectively adapts his offer to the season. Arendsee is a classic holiday destination for the summer months, but with restaurant offers such as brunch or goose dinner at Christmas time, the family attracts guests to the climatic health resort all year round.
The Bannier family not only works together but also lives together with several generations under one roof. "This only works if you are tolerant of the others," says the head of the family. "People are proud of their children who go abroad and build something, but the downside is they rarely see each other." For him there is nothing more beautiful than seeing his grandchild grow up. Arendsee and the Altmark are his little ideal world. "Of course we are not a high-wage region, but everything that makes you happy is here: the personal contact to people, short distances, healthy nature, good food. We have a high quality of life and I consider it a privilege to live and work here."