- GREAT PURCHASE, HERR HARTMAN! THIS WILL THERE BE A HOTEL? HAVE YOU GIVEN IT A NAME YET?
- YES, THE HOTEL IS MY DREAM. I'LL CALL IT… HOWEVER, WHATEVER ITS NAME IS, I WAS DEFINITELY DREAMING ABOUT HIM!
There are "houses with history" in any city. In big cities, this story sounds muffled. Mostly, local historians know her, architects are much less likely to know it themselves residents. In small towns, the history of buildings compiles a large urban biography, it connects centuries, generations and destinies of people.
Such a house in the history of the Russian city Rauschen became the HARTMANN Hotel. First time hotel it was mentioned in 1910. It was called then "Waldesrand" (Forest edge), was summer and I just started my long resort history.
In those years, the future owner Willie Hartmann, Most likely, I haven't imagined myself yet the owner of the hotel. Willie had a service ahead of him in the Imperial Navy and meeting with the future wife.
After the service , his mother Bertha Hartmann gives he needs money to buy a hotel and a restaurant on the seashore in Raushen. New owner in 1925 year changes the concept and name of the hotel, makes it year-round, for convenience guests change the interior and open restaurant.
Under Willy Hartmann, the HARTMANN Hotel it is becoming a popular resort destination. New owners Willy and his wife Greta with love and great responsibility treated their hotel, gathered around for hotel professionals, we were proud of our successes and made plans…
- GRETA, WILL COME TO OUR HOTEL AGAIN TOMORROW THE MAYOR!
- VALTER NORGALL HAS EXCELLENT TASTE! LET'S COOK HIM THE BIGGEST FISH!
There is an undoubted proof of a large The Hartmann family's love for the hotel is their memory descendants. The owners themselves have been dead for a long time. They survived the war, settled on a new place, continued to work in the hotel in fact, they raised children and grandchildren.
Both sons were scattered by life in different continents, and they, too, will no longer tell about childhood in pre - war Raushen… But grandchildren and great-grandchildren remember this house. Their history the family started right here.
And on the map of Svetlogorsk again after a lot decades later, a hotel with the name of their grandfather appeared…
- BELIEVE ME, GRETA, THERE WILL BE MORE ON THE TERRACE OF THIS HOTEL OUR GRANDCHILDREN ARE DRINKING TEA!
- BUT THE WAR IS COMING, EVERYTHING IS CHANGING SO FAST…
- THE WAR IS NOT ETERNAL, BUT A HOTEL IN A SEASIDE TOWN ALWAYS WILL BE NEEDED. I BELIEVE IN IT!
The building survived the most terrible years of the war. Three states have changed, many owners and "improvements" to be reborn today and become one of the business cards Svetlogorsk. It would seem how many of these the old buildings were erased from the maps of the city, unable to withstand the war, time, oblivion. How much buildings arrive in dilapidated condition, they need care and regeneration. Every house needs a master!
The Hartmann family knew about it, knows about it and the current owner of the hotel. Everything was possible rebuild, make modern, change the building is according to your taste and vision. But it's not for nothing that the Hartman Hotel has a strong history, it's not for nothing that so much has been preserved about him photos, documents and memories. This a real "house with a history" in which for a century reflected world events, urban the chronicle and the fate of the owners.
Not only the original appearance has been restored buildings – restored hospitality, which the pre-war hotel was famous for HARTMANN. As 100 years ago – this is a prominent and a popular building in the city, sample the pre - war architecture of Raushen began of the last century. As with the Hartmann family, here there is concern for every guest, here new chapters of the hotel's history are being written.
One of the absolutely fabulous chapters is Descendants Willy and Greta Hartmann found information about the hotel is online!
At the beginning of 2020 , the new owners received a letter from Tobias Schwabe:
"MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER WILLY HARTMANN, FORMER OWNER OF THE HOTEL, I WOULD BE VERY PROUD TO SEE THAT YOU, ITS NEW OWNERS, CREATED FROM THE HOTEL HARTMANN. I WOULD LIKE TO CORDIALLY CONGRATULATE YOU! I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS THE GREATEST THANKS AND APPRECIATION FROM THE HARTMANNS FROM OREGON AND VERMONT, FROM ROSTOCK AND BERLIN FOR THE EXCELLENT RESTORATION OF THE HOUSE AND ITS RE-OPENING AS A HOTEL"
This correspondence has enriched the archive of the hotel photos and documents of the pre-war era. Now with these artifacts can get to know both hotel guests and people interested in the history of Svetlogorsk and Kaliningrad region.
A house with a history is a keeper of hospitality still waiting for his guests. And if you you will see a friendly family of descendants on the terrace Willy Hartmann, you know, the guests are here they come from all over the world, and they always glad!
In the photo on the right: Willy Hartmann /
Willy Hartmann's Business card