The Wälderhaus hotel concept has won the ADAC Tourism Prize 2017 for tourism projects in Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, a press release said Wednesday. The winning projects all reveal the sustainability of tourism in Hamburg. Six projects had reached the final round, which included many top quality entries, according to the jury. Second prize went to HafenCity Riverbus offering amphibious tours of Hamburg on land and at sea while the Freilichtmuseum Kiekeberg came third for its game world that operates regardless of weather.
Ecological and sustainable Wälderhaus
The concept of Wälderhaus won over the jury with its consistent, ecological construction and the combination of hotel and conference operations with its Science Center Wald exhibition. The inclusive concepts means sustainability is practised on a social level as well, said the jury. The concept is marketable and contributes to tourism and urban development. “The consistent focus on guests’ needs linked to social responsibility in the truest sense has yielded a concept for hotels in future,” said the jury.
Amphibious HafenCity RiverBus
The HafenCity RiverBus tour of Hamburg departs from the Brooktorkai in Speicherstadt where it travels on dry land to Elbpark Entenwerder in Rothenburgsort. There, the bus glides off a ramp into the Elbe. The river-bus can travel at speeds of up to seven knots for half an hour on the Norderelbe to the Landungsbrücken and then back to Entwerder from where it heads to Speicherstadt. The jury honoured the idea with second prize saying: “The cruises across the city with the HafenCity RiverBus are a unique selling point in German urban tourism.“
Freilichtmuseum am Kiekeberg
Visitors can travel back in time at the Freilichtmuseum am Kiekeberg and learn how farmers in pre-industrial times lived. During the “Gelebte Geschichte 1804/Living History 1804“ event, voluntary child and adult actors become maids and farmhands of that era and spend a while reliving history there. The museum plays an important role in day tourism in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. By constantly expanding the game world for instance, the museum now plays an outstanding role among German open-air museums, the jury said.
Other convincing entries
The Emigrant Museum Ballinstadt, the e-bike ERFAHRE Hamburg and Chocoversum, partners of Genusswelten, Kölln Haferland in Hamburg, Meßmer Momentum, Spicy’s Gewürzmuseum and the Speicherstadt Kaffeerösterei came joint fourth and were all praised for quality and innovations.