Bleiche Resort and Spa

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Fanny Zschau, Digital Diva Deluxe, Wellness, The Berlin Guidebook
Photos: Bleiche Resort and Spa

Looking for the perfect start of you summer holiday? At Bleiche can be wonderfully lazy, sit outside at the thermal water fountain in the garden, listening to its stories from the Spreewald, paddle in a boat or simply watch the butterflies reflecting in the water. Bleiche in Spreewald is about one hour drive from Berlin, connected by river Spree, crossing the Federal States of Brandenburg and Saxony to its inland delta. Here the river branches out into hundreds of kilometres. The Sorbs and Wends settled on the fertile land in the 6th century, in the 20tiest Century UNESCO made the Spreewald a particularly protected natural area. The foundation for Bleiche was laid in 1755 when Old Fritz, King of Prussia, specified that this was where his army's uniform shirts were to be bleached. From this time on rooms were rented out to travellers. Christine and Heinrich Michael Clausing bought the hotel in 1992 to develop it into today's resort and spa. The connection to the region is decisive: many natural materials such as clay, straw or wood were used.

The local linen used for the towels and bedcloth is also typical for the combination of modern and international elements: If you want a weekend off, you should sure stay over night. There are 90 rooms including 21 luxury suites plus nine hotel restaurants and the gourmet place 17fuffzig, managed by the chef of cuisine Oliver Heilmeyer. His menues are fresh and mostly from the region, which is one of the traditional vegetable growing areas of Germany. Herbs play a special role for Heilmeyer, who cuts them in the hotel's 1,000 sqm large kitchen garden that you can also visit with him. The wine menu with about 500 items is also very well equipped and draws attention among connoisseurs. Bleiche is also a paradise for bookworms like me: Comfortable corners invite you to read over a cup of icecoffee, while librarian Birgit Holler offers personal service and recommendations for the more than 15,000 books in the hotel. And last not least: Children are welcome in the Storchenburg, during the day and in the evening  – from Monday through Fridays free of charge from 8am–5pm, against a fee and registration beyond this. During the holidays, als Bleiche offers many programs for kids in a healthy mix of wellness, play and sport. Meet you there for a chill out summer holiday.

Bleiche Resort and Spa, open 24 hours all year long
Bleichestraße 16, D-03096 Burg im Spreewald
www.bleiche.de