From the brickworks to the 4-star Seehotel Frankenhorst
From 1770 to 1922, several brickworks and lime kilns stood on the site of today's Frankenhorst, whose raw materials, clay and meadow lime, as well as peat as fuel, were available in sufficient quantities. Many of Schwerin's representative buildings were constructed from the building materials produced here.
In the early 1920s, there was already an excursion restaurant "Seelust" on the site. This restaurant was located in the building that is now known as House 2 or Haus am See at the Seehotel Frankenhorst. In the night of 17 to 18 October 1935, a fire broke out in the roof of the "Seelust" restaurant. No one was injured, but the attic storey burnt out completely. The storey was rebuilt and the pub remained in operation for many years, but like many other establishments, it was used for other purposes during the Second World War.
In 1921, the poet Hans Franck bought the 122,000 m² property on Schwerin's Ziegelaußensee - the Frankenhorst, to which he attached great affection and lived for more than 40 years. He gave the property its name: based on "Frank", as in "free, open" and "Horst", as in "bush or nest of birds of prey". After his death, Frankenhorst became a guesthouse of the then Schwerin district. High-ranking guests of the district stayed there, as well as party veterans and other personalities. Of course, Erich Honecker also knew where it was most beautiful and stayed at Frankenhorst during the 1987 farmers' congress.
After German reunification, the guesthouse was put to a touristic and gastronomic use and today houses the 4-star lakeside hotel Frankenhorst.
In 2004, the grounds including the hotel were classified as a nature experience area. This added a focal point to the unique location. Especially the beautiful location of the hotel at the Ziegelaußensee, which is now in the middle of a landscape conservation area and a European bird sanctuary, makes the Seehotel Frankenhorst a popular excursion and holiday destination for the people of Schwerin and its guests.