History of the “Linde”

Our B&B, more than 200 years old, is one of the oldest buildings of Bad Elster. Some dates and pictures:

  • First construction before 1800 on the former sheep farm grounds of a manor. From this time there are conserved 3 rooms with domed ceiling, which form now our room number 1 with bathroom and corridor.
  • First reconstruction in 1807, supposedly by Johann Gottlieb Müller from Auerbach: Court of justice.
  • First registration in the land charge register on 2 April 1846: The owners at that time were the chambers director Carl Christoph Schmidt and a public servant named Franz Brunner, also owners of the manor of Elster.
  • Second reconstruction and remodeling to a B&B “Villa Linde” (neo-renaissance style with ornate pediments) in 1893, by Paul Dix, including the first loft conversion.
  • First entry in the visitors’ book in June 1900, since then guests from all over the world, as for example Saint Petersburg, New York, Copenhagen, Moscow and San Francisco. 
  • 1903 – 1980 property of the Ludwig family.
  • 1981 Schwarzenberg family takes over.
  • 1986 – 1988 Renovation/ Modernisation: installation of central heating, drain, conversion of some rooms into guest rooms, installation of en suite facilities in some rooms.
  • 1993 – 1995 Modernisation of all the guest rooms
  • 1997 Installation of cable TV (31 channels) in the rooms with shower/WC.
  • 2000 Installation of direct telephone lines for the guest rooms.
  • 2003 New building of the arbour following the historic plans.
  • March 2008: Inauguration of the holiday home “Sperlingslust” after complete reconstruction of the upper floor of the outbuilding.
  • Distinction of the holiday home with 4 stars according to the DTV-standard (for holiday homes and apartments) in April 2009 and of the pension with 3 stars according to the G-classification (for guesthouses) in September 2009.
  • March 2010: Receipt of the quality seal awarded by the Association Wonderful Walking in Germany.
  • April 2011: Equipment of a single room with historic furniture and separate bathroom/shower/WC.
  • 2014 Complete renovation of the roof covering and restoration of the façade
  • 2015 New paint finish of the staircase, renovation and inclusion of en-suite facilities in single room number 5
  • February 2017: Opening of the new infrared cabin
  • November 2022: Commissioning of the photovoltaik system


Haus Linde
Elisabeth Schwarzenberg
Beuthstraße 1

08645 Bad Elster

Telephone: +49 3 74 37/34 43
Telefax: +49 3 74 37/53 777

E-Mail:kurheim-linde (at) gmx.de

Here you will find

  • - hospitality
  • - peace
  • - rest and nature
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