The Hotel Heinrich Heine is on Alte Dorfstraße 2 on the outskirts of Schierke in the town of Wernigerode, district of Harz, the state of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
Construction for the Heinrich Heine Hotel began in 1898 and completed in 1900. Upon opening the hotel was initially named Fürst zu Stolberg (Prince Stolerg Hotel). The name was changed to the Heinrich Heine Hotel after 1945. There was a nightclub that was part of the Heinrich Heine known as Dachsbau (Badger House). Rumors of luxurious parties taking place in the Dachsbau swirled during the prime of the popular Heinrich Heine. Located close to the East and West German border the hotel could be visited only with a permit and the guests had to wear ID tags. The hotel was often sold out and enjoyed immense popularity until the 1990’s. After the reunification of Germany the Heinrich Heine lost much of its business and corporate funds but continued operations until closing in 1995. The Heinrich Heine was ultimately abandoned and has been vandalized, looted and decaying ever since.
Remaining unused until 2007 when the Heinrich Heine was set for auction and sold for 43,000 Euros. It is said that renovations and restoration are to be done to the former hotel as one of the rooms has begun to collapse. Unfortunately, it does not seem that work has yet started to save the Heinrich Heine.
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Where is the abandoned Heinrich Heine Hotel located? You can find it with these coordinates. 51.761718,10.672959.