Hotel Fürstenhof: Abandoned hotel with a fascinating ballroom
Updated: May 10
On top of a hill in a German city and at the finest address in the town, I found this abandoned hotel called Hotel Fürstenhof.
The history of the old hotel
The buildings are from the beginning of the 20th century, and the wishes were to make the city a luxurious spa town. In 1920 a casino was built to give guests an even more luxurious experience.
In the late 1920s, a fire ravaged the ballroom, and this had to undergo a complete renovation.
I have included a picture of the ballroom before the fire and the reconstruction.
After the reconstruction, the hall had room for about 2000 guests and was used for many different purposes. One of the purposes the place later probably was not so proud of was the visit of Adolf Hitler, who was to speak for the local group of the National Socialist German Workers' Party in 1932.
During the Second World War, the hotel was used as a kind of hospital where the wounded could be rehabilitated. The hotel manages through the war without being damaged at all.
After the war, the hotel quickly came back into use but was for a short period in use to rehousing citizens whose homes had been bombed. But it went just as quietly downhill, and it ended with the hotel finally closing in 1996.
A fascinating ballroom
During my visit, the hotel was in a very decaying state due to a lack of maintenance, and unfortunately, there was not much furniture or other things to photograph. It looked like the demolition work had been underway in most places but stopped again before they were finished, and at the same time, there were some of the rooms where the ceiling had collapsed, and it was impossible to move around in them.
The most fascinating detail I could find was the large ballroom with stage and the three large chandeliers.
When I say big, then it's I mean HUGE chandeliers.
It isn't easy to show in the pictures, but they have required a lot of work to get them placed in the ceiling.
Considering the constitution of the place, I chose to go a big arc around if they were to fall down.
The future of the old hotel is quite uncertain, for the current owner wanted to tear down the hotel and instead build villas and an underground car park at the address. But the municipality has only partially permitted a demolition because they want to preserve the historic facade as a landmark. So it will be exciting to see what it ends up with.
Today, the place is guarded by an older man who really wanted to show off a lot of things.
However, we had a bit of a language barrier, but we tried the best we could, with sign language and a few more or less understandable words. One of the reasons some of these sites are being guarded is the risk of vandalism. One of the places that would have benefited from a permanent guard was this abandoned school in Denmark. Unfortunately, it ended up being subjected to a lot of vandalism before it eventually burned to the ground. Luckily, I managed to visit the school a few weeks before and document the place.