Hotel Bodeewes

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The hotel after its completion in 1892

The Hotel Bodeewes was a hotel built in 1892 on the North Sea island of Borkum , Hindenburgstrasse 16. The building that has been preserved is a listed building .


The building is located in the center of Borkum, opposite the war memorial in a small, central park. From there you have a good view of the New Lighthouse .

The stately, four-storey structure consists of a symmetrical central building with five window axes, which are joined on the left and right by two slightly raised corner pavilions with one window each on the second and two windows on the third floor. The ground floor is relatively low. The reception area with the common rooms was on the upper floor. In front of it was a wide, covered terrace area, which was later partially glazed as a winter garden. The house was originally accessed via a central, two-flight wooden staircase.

The facade is designed in the classical style and is structured by strong storey and breast cornices and pilasters on the second floor of the central building. It includes up with a strong, decorated in the pavilion or by consoles attic cornice from behind which gently dipping hipped roofs are.


Postcard from Borkum from 1896

The house was built in 1892 by Th. Bodeewes as a hotel on what was then known as Dünenstrasse 9b. It was considered a first class house and offered accommodation with full board and table d'hôte . In addition, it had a "Rheinische Weinstube" , in which the inscription was attached: "The ice melts in the sunshine and also the heart with golden wine" .

In the 1920s the hotel was operated by Carlstof Bodeewes. The terrace on the left was closed by massive outer walls with windows in favor of a common room. In 1925 the still existing war memorial was built in the green area in front of the hotel in honor of the 73 Borkum soldiers who died in the First World War.

After the Second World War, the building was named "Haus Pinguin" of the Dr. Zühlke used it. The children's book author Sabine Ludwig processed her memories of the home in her 2014 book "Black Houses" .

In 2012 the house was completely rebuilt as a holiday apartment complex, modernized and equipped with a lift, wellness area and sauna. Since then it has been called "Villa Patricia" .


  • Axel Hansen: The history of the North Sea resort of Borkum from 1800 to the 1920s , Welver 2017 [1]

Web links

Commons : Hotel Bodeewes  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Text on a postcard
  2. ^ Sabine Ludwig: Black Houses, Dressler Verlag , 352 S. Hamburg 2014, ISBN 978-3-7915-1204-4 , EAN: 9783791512044

Coordinates: 53 ° 35 ′ 23.5 "  N , 6 ° 39 ′ 50.8"  E