Hotel and camping without children – some providers are criticized
Holidays without the noise of children: camping or hotel offers for adults can only be run in Saxony. However, operators must account for headwinds.
Surrounded by fir trees, it should remain calm and serene in the square. Noise, hustle and bustle is not welcome in the “Waldcamping Erzgebirge” in Amtsberg (the Erzgebirge region). Since last year, the operators have made a conscious decision to declare 70 playgrounds and nine permanent residences a child-free zone. “We’ve had a lot of criticism since then,” says owner Michael Schibner. “But we’ve also been able to welcome new visitors who have come specifically for this reason.”
Health reasons in particular led to the decision. The Scheibner family started over 20 years ago as a family camping site – with a rubber castle and fun for the little ones.
“But the quality took a hit for several years. Often the noisy kids were depriving us of our sleep,” complains Schibner, who also lives on the site with his family. The lack of peace, even at night or early in the morning, unsupervised children doing damage to things and unreasonable parents, led to increasing problems.
After the ban on children: the number of overnight stays decreased sharply
“Now we want to address a new target group,” Schepner says. “These are the people who are looking for peace and quiet, and teachers and educators are coming in as well.” But soon the resentment began. “Our online ratings have plummeted, and not many critics have visited us.”
The number of overnight stays has also fallen sharply, at the first official child-free camp in Saxony. For the first time in more than 20 years, operations in 2022 are no longer economical. In addition, according to Schebner, the Erzgebirge region and the whole region currently have a bad reputation among tourists from other federal states.
Axel Klein, general manager of the Dioga Restaurants and Hotels Association in the Free State, explains that the demand for child-free vacations in Saxony is mainly there. “The offers to some target groups are perfectly legitimate. The desire for peace or a quiet evening is also understandable.” Couples who are parents themselves will also be happy to take advantage of this. “It is important that hoteliers or hoteliers communicate the offer clearly.” In general, Klein advises to remain calm about the topic, which has intensified the anger. “It’s not about a target group feeling under attack.” There are many other offers in Saxony for families with children.
Add to family hotel
The Best Western Ahorn Hotel Oberwiesenthal (Erzgebirgskreis) program is aimed at people over the age of 14 who are looking for peace and wellness and active vacationers. “We want to offer parents and childless couples the opportunity to enjoy a holiday without children. This concept is already prevalent in southern Europe, so we want to introduce this trend in the Ore Mountains as well,” explains Marketing Director Julian Miski. He talks about a lot of positive feedback.
Miski asserts that the house can be considered an addition to the chain’s family hotel in the same location. “Regardless of the past three years of crisis, we are satisfied with the development of our adults-only hotel and will continue to invest in this concept in the future.” In addition, the group operates six family hotels in Germany.
At Soletherme Bad Elster in Vogtland, health reasons mean that only people 14 and older are allowed in the three pools with varying levels of brine, says Steffi Schlosser, a spokeswoman for Saxon State Baths GmbH. The age limit was established by scientists. “Soletherme’s child-free zone benefits our concept of rest and relaxation. Guests understand this and the decision has paid off.”
Children should be protected from the strong effects of the saline solution which, if swallowed, may cause vomiting or diarrhoea. With a 15 percent salt content, you can float in the salt lake of thermal pools as much as in the Dead Sea. Otherwise, children are welcome in the facilities of the Saxon State Baths GmbH – eg in the city’s bathing and sauna area. (dpa)