Grand Hotel Heiligendamm
The complex consists of six buildings which were all built as a seaside resort between 1793 and 1870. It is renowned to be the first example of resort architecture. The main building (Haus Grandhotel) was built in 1814 and reopened on June 1, 2003 after three years of revitalisation work. The seaside resort was first established in 1793, when Friedrich Franz I, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin visited Heiligendamm, upon advice by Dr. Samuel Gottlieb Vogel.
The seaside town languished during the period in which it was within the borders of the former East Germany, but the investment of the Kempinski hotel group becomes a first step in a process of 21st-century re-development for this 19th-century destination resort.
In June 2007 it hosted the 33rd G8 summit. As a result, thousands of anticapitalist activists blocked the roads to Heiligendamm and an estimated 25,000 anti-globalization protesters demonstrated in nearby Rostock; the protesters had little effect on the leaders of the top industrialized nations because they could not get close enough to the building.
- Bradley, Kimberly. "A Spa Town Reclaims Its Glory," New York Times. June 3, 2007.
- Bekker, Henk. (2005). Adventure Guide Germany, p. 189.
- "An Orgy of Violence as G8 Approaches; German City Rocked by Violent Riots," Der Spiegel. June 2, 2007.
- Landler, Mark. "Thousands of Protesters Foil Some German Security Measures and Clash With the Police," New York Times. June 7, 2007.
- Bekker, Henk. (2005). Adventure Guide Germany. Edison, New Jersey: Hunter Publishing. ISBN 978-1-58843-503-3; OCLC 59138570
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