Since 1914, what is now COLUMBIA Hotel Casino Travemünde has been a synonym for top-class hospitality and exclusive entertainment. Hardly any other German hotel can look back at such an eventful and exciting history, or at such a prominent circle of guests and admirers – including Richard Wagner, Russian poet Turgenjew, Thomas Mann, Konrad Adenauer, Aristoteles Onassis and Curd Jürgens.
On 30th May 1914, the house planned at Kaiserallee 2 by renowned Lübeck architects Glogner & Vermehren was opened as a town assembly room. Later used to care for troops during World War II, a German army field hospital was housed in the building from the end of 1944 onwards. Following the end of the war, concerts and balls soon returned to this house by the sea, which had managed to remain unscathed throughout the war.
At the end of a conversion project lasting just six weeks, Travemünde Casino was inaugurated in the former assembly room on 5th June 1949. And in the very same year, the La Belle Epoque night-club, unique throughout Germany at the time, also opened its doors in the building. During the following decades, numerous international stars such as Josephine Baker, Lale Andersen and Vico Torriani appeared here.
From 2001 onwards, the building was redeveloped and converted to a 5-star hotel. On 10th May 2003, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Casino Travemünde opened its doors to the public for the first time. In January 2005, COLUMBIA (Deutschland) GmbH took over the hotel – since when it has carried the name COLUMBIA Hotel Casino Travemünde.