“I really want this job”

heaven’s gate. “It has been fairly quiet so far,” says Frank Schreckenbach. If you look around you will see that there are still plenty of free parking spaces. ” It was a few days ago when summer was kind to the region. But at that time, the school was not over yet. With the onset of vacation, the situation changes rapidly, knows Frank Schreckenbach.

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With the start of the summer vacation, Frank Schreckenbach is expecting to be in a rush to the camping park.

He runs the Himmelpfort campsite with his wife Antje. “A really great facility that is located directly on Lake Stolpsee. A truly heavenly place, ”says the 57-year-old. As a result, the spot term is greatly underestimated. After all, the campground covers an area of ​​3.5 hectares and has more than 300 places for campers and tourists. And at a length of 150 meters there is direct access to Stolpsee. Access to Havel is also a big plus. It is important for the ever-growing group of sailors to get to the Feldberg lakes and to the Müritz or back.

The number of cyclists and sailors is constantly growing

In addition to the recreational captains, Frank Schreckenbach emphasizes, more and more cyclists stop at the campsite. “We are on several major cycle routes here,” he says. Berlin-Copenhagen or Havelradweg are just two examples. “Yes,” says the campsite operator, “cyclists are a very attractive group of visitors.” “We are delighted that more and more of them are discovering a place for themselves in Himmelpfort.” In addition, more and more people travel with caravans and mobile homes. There is no need to worry about the future of the campsite.

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Jana and Alex from Berlin have often been to the Himmelpforter region in the past and are always happy to come there with their historic VW bus to relax on the shores of Lake Stolp.

Jana and Alex from Berlin have often been to the Himmelpforter region in the past and are always happy to come there with their historic VW bus to relax on the shores of Lake Stolp.

As Frank Schreckenbach says, the length of people’s stay varies greatly. There is a group of travelers who stay one or two nights. Many of them are on their way to or from the Baltic Sea. However, some guests stayed here for up to three months. And then there are regular campers – 25 at the facility in Himmelpfort. After all, no guest had to be dismissed last year. In 2020, the situation was different. Then, on some days, there were up to 100 people who could no longer be offered a vacancy in the campsite. Therefore, it was decided not to allocate places to permanent holidaymakers who are retiring.

Marlene Boomgaarden has left Rosenheim on her bike and Rostock is the target of the 26-year-old.  She spent the night at the mini-hotel at Himmelpfort campsite and was absolutely delighted.

Marlene Boomgaarden has left Rosenheim on her bike and Rostock is the target of the 26-year-old. She spent the night at the mini-hotel at Himmelpfort campsite and was absolutely delighted.

The younger generation is increasingly becoming the target group. These are people who are often very spontaneous and only want to stay one night and then move on. Therefore, several mini-hotels were built on the premises of the complex. These are those chubby apartments that look like huge beer barrels lying on their side. In the smaller ones, there is only a place to sleep or just sit. The larger ones, on the other hand, are designed in such a way that a toilet and a wash basin can also be accommodated there. This should be resolved quickly, says Frank Schreckenbach. 29 euro for one night with bed linen and towels. “There is nothing to complain about,” says Marlene Boomgaarden. The 26-year-old recently left Rosenheim by bicycle and traveled to Brandenburg via Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt. Rostock is your destination.

Exceptionally, MAZ was able to try the beds in one of the mini-hotels: cozy and wonderfully soft - or as they say in Himmelpfort: heavenly!

Exceptionally, MAZ was able to try the beds in one of the mini-hotels: cozy and wonderfully soft – or as they say in Himmelpfort: heavenly!

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“I like it the best here so far,” says a young woman named East Frisian. “Everything’s great.” I don’t have to worry about anything. Great!” In addition to six mini-hotels, Frank Schreckenbach also introduced a WLAN to the square. There are refrigerator rentals and cell phone charging stations. And water, sewage and electricity are available everywhere. The three central sanitary blocks are very clean and modern. From the autumn of next year, the fourth sanitary zone will be renovated. Thanks to the “super software” it will soon also be possible to book a camping park online.

Restaurant, boat rental, sandwich service, fishing permits

There are other things in the campground that contribute to your well-being. This includes a restaurant, kiosk, bread delivery service, playground and boat rental. Popular fishing permits are also sold on site.

Frank Schreckenbach has something special on site for clubs, scout groups, parishes and youth centers: a lakeside zone with its own kitchen and sanitary facilities. It will be used very often.

Frank Schreckenbach has a lakeside area for clubs, scout groups, church congregations and supervised youth centers - with sleeping places, own kitchen and own sanitary facilities.

Frank Schreckenbach has a lakeside area for clubs, scout groups, church congregations and supervised youth centers – with sleeping places, own kitchen and own sanitary facilities.

“I have the most beautiful job of all and I am very lucky to have turned all my hobbies into work – water sports, camping, developing ideas, planning. Exactly my case, says Frank Schreckenbach with conviction. He is a trained freight forwarder from home. “That fits too,” says the 57-year-old, because “here in the camping village everything has a lot to do with logistics.

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Living in a campground – a lot of blessings, but also a curse

The Berliner now lives directly on the square in Himmelpfort. “Lots of blessings, but sometimes also a curse,” he says. For example, on Pentecost, a bell rang from the bed because someone cut a water pipe while the tent was being set up.

Frank Schreckenbach cannot take it away from his joy at work. “I like it a lot and will definitely be doing it for the next ten years,” he says. “And if it depends on me, the next 20 too.”

Bert Wittke

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