Charity in Russia

12th February, 2013

Not far from St. Petersburg you will find the famous village “Pushkin”. For many years the location of a SOS Children Village which was strongly supported also by the famous Grand Hotel Europe during my employment there.

The support was established and continously extended by Mr. Thomas Noll who was General Director at that time. That’s how I know about the village, the kids and their needs and decided not only in person to support this great project but also to use our B&B as platform to support the children in Pushkin.

Next to our internet station you will find a SOS children village money donation box! We are looking forward to get also your support.

Thank you in advance

Nils Kalle

Charity in Russia

12th February, 2013

Not far from St. Petersburg you will find the famous village “Pushkin”. For many years the location of a SOS Children Village which was strongly supported also by the famous Grand Hotel Europe during my employment there.

The support was established and continously extended by Mr. Thomas Noll who was General Director at that time. That’s how I know about the village, the kids and their needs and decided not only in person to support this great project but also to use our B&B as platform to support the children in Pushkin.

Next to our internet station you will find a SOS children village money donation box! We are looking forward to get also your support.

Thank you in advance

Nils Kalle

Update to modern HD TV

7th October, 2012

We have started to switch to HD TVs and we plan to have at the end of 2013 all four rooms equiped with modern HD TVs.

This will come with the following advantages for you: Better display quality, more room for you on top of the furniture and you get the possibility to connect e.g. your computer via HDMI directly to the TV to see your vacation pictures or movies you brought with you…

Update to modern HD TV

7th October, 2012

We have started to switch to HD TVs and we plan to have at the end of 2013 all four rooms equiped with modern HD TVs.

This will come with the following advantages for you: Better display quality, more room for you on top of the furniture and you get the possibility to connect e.g. your computer via HDMI directly to the TV to see your vacation pictures or movies you brought with you…

Aircondition in the kitchen

7th October, 2012

In July 2012 we have installed a powerful aircondition to have a system in place for possible future hot days/weeks during June/July.

The AC shall help to cool the the public kitchen and corridors down.

Aircondition in the kitchen

7th October, 2012

In July 2012 we have installed a powerful aircondition to have a system in place for possible future hot days/weeks during June/July.

The AC shall help to cool the the public kitchen and corridors down.

Was ist Russland

14th September, 2012

Russland ist anders.

Dieser Satz, häufig zitiert, ist die einzig verlässliche Ausage, die man machen kann. :-)

Den antiken Historikern galten die Völker des Ostens als wilde Barbaren. Eine Vorstellung, die sich in den Köpfen vieler erhalten hat. Russland, dieses Land im Osten, empfinden viele immer noch als Bedrohung.

Seine Menschen sind ihnen rätzelhaft, die politischen Intentionen unheimlich. Selbst heute, da die Sowjetunion zerfallen ist, herrscht vielerorts noch tiefes Mißtrauen gegen die Entwicklung, die der gewaltige Nachbar zwischen Europa und Asien nehmen könnte.

Die Russen, so ein weitverbreitetes Stereotyp, hätte keinerlei Erfahrung mit der Demokratie, sehnten sich nach einem starken Mann, seien nur durch die Knute regierbar. Dabei wird vergessen, daß schon die großen russischen Städte im Mittelalter wie Novgorod und Pskow Strukturen der demokratischen Selbstverwaltung hatten und das die Leibeigenschaft in Rußland früher abgeschafft wurde als die Sklaverei in Amerika.

Das Wissen der Deutschen um Rußland und die Russen, ihre Kultur und Geschichte ist bis auf den heutigen Tag äußerst beschränkt. Einer der Gründe dafür liegt sicher in der mehr als zweihundert Jahre dauernden Herrschaft der Mongolen über Rußland, die das Land gründlich von West- und Mitteleuropa isolierten. Eine Isolierung, die sich auch unter den Zaren danach, mit Ausnahme Peter des Großen und Katharinas II, fortsetzte. Und die unter den sowjetischen Zaren des 20. Jahrhunderts einen traurigen Höhepunkt erreichte. Bis Michail Gorbatschow ihr mit seinem “Neuen Denken”, seiner Öffnung nach Westen ein Ende setzte.

Auch ohne seine Kolonien bleibt Russland eine Großmacht, gemessen an der gewaltigen Ausdehnung seines Territoriums, der Zahl seiner Menschen und dem Reichtum seiner Bodenschätze. In Rußlands Erde lagern die größten Erdöl- und Erdgasvorkommen der Welt, die größten Kohlevorräte, die größten Diamantenreserven. Noch befindet sich Rußlands Wirtschaft auf dem Niveau eines Entwicklungslandes, zerrüttet von mehr als sieben Jahrzehnten sozialistischer Planwirtschaft. Doch sollte der Übergang zu einer neuen Gesellschaft, zu neuen marktwirtschaftlichen Strukturen gelingen, dürfte das nächste Jahrtausend Rußland auch als eine ökonomische Großmacht erleben.

Für Moskau und St. Petersburg kann ich das voll und ganz für die letzten 15 Jahre voll bestätigen. Krisen in Amerika und-oder Europa zum Trotz kennt die wirtschaftliche Entwicklung in und um diese Städte nur eine steile Richtung nach hoben!

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner 2012

13th September, 2012

Recently we have received the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2012! This makes us very happy and also a little bit proud.

Eight years of consistant and high quality and good service for our guests!

Thank you also to you for sending us all the years your very positive or positive feedback.

Best regards from St. Petersburg

Nils

The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

The qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travellers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijing to remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner 2012

13th September, 2012

Recently we have received the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2012! This makes us very happy and also a little bit proud.

Eight years of consistant and high quality and good service for our guests!

Thank you also to you for sending us all the years your very positive or positive feedback.

Best regards from St. Petersburg

Nils

The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

The qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travellers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijing to remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”

We are the winner 2012 by the travel portal Zoover!

24th April, 2012

Beste Pension bei Zoover in Russland

Dear Guests, I'm very happy and also a bit proud to announce, that we have been chosen as No.1 Bed and Breakfast in St. Petersburg by the well know travel portal ZOOVER.