Guesthouse Auschra in Nida -
Living with a view of the Curonian Lagoon


Thomas Mann raved about the ‘Italy view’ he enjoyed from his house. Those who stay at Guesthouse Auschra (meaning dawn and sunrise) have a wonderful view of the Curonian Lagoon – a huge lake of about 1600 square kilometres. In early summer and autumn the sun rises directly across from Guesthouse Auschra, while the great view and reflections on the lagoon throughout the day are also wonderful.

The “Guesthouse Auschra” lies on a forested dune near an old church. The town centre of Nida is about a 15 minute walk away, as is the Thomas Mann house which is located south of Guesthouse Auschra and is now a museum.  From your room, balcony or terrace, you can observe the ever-changing play of colours over the vast area of the Curonian Lagoon – like the reflections of the sunset and the light of the moon on the water.  It is not just people who have a key interest in birds that will appreciate the large number of different species which surround the house.

Sandy paths lead the way from “Guesthouse Auschra” through the clear forest to the beach on the Baltic Sea. It’s ideal for people who love sunrises, trees glistening in the sun, small forest trails and those who love to see the water reach the horizon.  It’s also possible to chat to other guests of Auschra or perhaps arrange to go on walks together. “Guesthouse Auschra” lies near the famous old cemetery, north of the centre of Nida and offers six apartments with wood-panelled rooms and a single apartment with two rooms.  All rooms are individually heated with a private entrance and view overlooking the lagoon.  Every bedroom has an openable window with mosquito repellent so that you can enjoy fresh air in the summer.  In some rooms a sofa is also available. In the mornings you can enjoy a breakfast buffet just a two minute walk away in the hotel Nidos Smilte.

There is also free WiFi available for our guests and a TV in every room.

Note: this applies for all rooms and apartments:
Guests who have booked breakfast (as stated in the price tables), a buffet breakfast is served every morning just a short walk away in the hotel Nidos Banga.
“Guesthouse Auschra” is exclusively booked via Hildegard Willoweit Litauen-Reisen GmbH in Würzburg.

Kiefer” (pine)  – Two room apartment is a two room apartment with a small hallway on the middle floor.  The shower/toilet has a heated floor and small hopper window. The bedroom has a large double bed (two separate beds) and wardrobe etc. The bedroom and living room (with a balcony, fridge, kettle and some crockery) are bright, welcoming and offer a great view of the endless lagoon.



Specht” (woodpecker) – Two room apartment is a modern, furnished, two room apartment on the top floor with a small hallway.  The shower/toilet also has a heated floor and small hopper window.  The bedroom has a large double bed (two separate beds) and wardrobe. In the living room you’ll find a sofa-bed, table, TV, fridge, kettle and some crockery.  The magnificent view of the lagoon from the bedroom and balcony is hard to find in Nida.



 "Kiefer" and "Specht" Price per person, per week incl. breakfast when 2 people stay
  May,
Sept.10- Oct. 31
June,
Sept. 1-9
July/ August
1st Week
273 343 378
Additional week 273 313 348
2nd person (sofa bed) child up to 15 yrs old/from 16yrs old or adult
 77 / 112  77 / 112  77 / 112
Reduction of  €7 per person, per day if not having breakfast!

 

Birke” (birch) – Two room apartment is a two room apartment with a small hallway on the middle floor.  The shower/toilet has a heated floor and small hopper window facing the forest.  The two beds in the bedroom (with wardrobe etc) can also be set up separately.The living room is cosy, furnished with a fridge, kettle and some crockery. From the bedroom, as from the balcony residents can enjoy the wonderful views of the vast lagoon.

"Birke" Price per person, per week incl. breakfast when 2 people stay
  May,
Sept.10- Oct. 31
June,
Sept. 1-9
July / August
1st Week
305 343 378
Additional week 275 313 348
Additional fee for single occupancy (EUR/week)
138 158 173
Reduction of  €7 per person, per day if not having breakfast!

 

 “Meise” (tomtit) – Two room apartment is a small two room apartment on the top floor with a small hallway and shower/toilet (with underfloor heating and a small hopper window). The living room (equipped with a fridge, kettle and some crockery) has a small balcony with beautiful views of the lagoon.  The “Meise” bedroom has a large tinted roof window (with mosquito repellent) though there is no view of the lagoon from the bedroom – it is therefore a little cheaper. The two separate beds in the bedroom are now next to each other.

"Meise" Price per person, per week incl. breakfast when 2 people stay
  May,
Sept.10- Oct. 31
June,
Sept. 1-9

July / August
1st Week
252 322 357
Additional week 252 292 327
Additional fee for single occupancy (EUR/week)
128 148 163
Reduction of  €7 per person, per day if not having breakfast!

 

Single room “Möwe” (seagull) on the top floor is a lovely furnished single room with a hallway and shower/toilet (underfloor heating, small hopper window). A fridge, kettle and some crockery are provided and the sofa can be used for a child or small person to sleep on.  From the large window you have a panoramic view of the vast lagoon.

 “Erle”(alder), a single room on the middle floor with a small hallway and shower/toilet (with underfloor heating and a small hopper window) is bright and cosy furnished; a fridge, kettle and some crockery are provided and the sofa could be suitable for a child or a smaller person to sleep on. The view from the large window of the wide lagoon is magnificent.



"Möwe" and "Erle" Price per person, per week incl. breakfast when 1 people stay
 
May,
Sept.10- Oct. 31
June,
Sept. 1-9
July/ August
1st Week
357 427 462
Additional week 357 397 432
2nd person (sofa bed) child up to 12 yrs old/from 13yrs old or adult
77 / 112 77 / 112 77 / 112
Reduction of  €7 per person, per day if not having breakfast!

 

Elch” (elk) – two room apartment. On the sought after ground floor there is a spacious two room apartment, Elch (suitable for between two and four people) with a kitchenette (two hotplates, a fridge, sink and coffee maker), a dining area and a large shower/toilet room with a window.  The bedroom has a double bed made up of separate beds (as well as a wardrobe etc). From the sofa (which can be used as a sofa bed) in the cosily furnished living room, the guests can enjoy the open, wonderful view of the lagoon. Curonian sailing and fishing boats pass by and you can experience a unique morning and evening atmosphere across the water. Ideal for people who love sunrises, trees glistening in the sun and who want to feel part of it all themselves.

 

 

  Price per person, per week incl. breakfast when 2 people stay
 “Elch” with large terrace May,
Sept.10- Oct. 31
.
June,
Sept. 1-9
July / August
1st Week
308 378 420
Additional week
308 340 370
3rd/4th person (sofa bed in the living room) child up to 15 yrs old
77 77 77
3rd/4th person (sofa bed in the living room) child from 16 yrs old/adult 112 112 112

Bedding and towels are included. The apartments are generally cleaned daily unless the cleaner or/and visitors agree otherwise.
Reduction of  €7 per person, per day if not having breakfast!

 

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Journey Time/Outward Travel
The nearest airport to the Curonian Spit is Palanga near Klaipeda (Memel). You can travel there directly from Riga (AirBaltic), Copenhagen (Scandinavian Airlines) and Oslo (Norwegian). From German airports you usually have to make a change at Riga or Copenhagen.

Ferries to Klaipeda run almost daily from Kiel (Germany) and Karlshamn (Sweden). From there you can go by car or bus.

It is also possible to book transfers from the airport or the ferry port to Guesthouse Auschra.

 

The Curonian Spit

This narrow strip of land, nearly 100km long and barely 4km wide, is a very special landscape boasting forests, dunes and small heath-like meadows. Centuries ago it was used as both a travel and postal route from Könisberg (now Kaliningrad) to Memel (now Klaipeda) and further on to Riga. It belonged to the German Reich as part of Prussia in 1871. After the break-up of the German Reich, it remained part of Prussia until 1920 before falling under Allied administration. Between 1923 and 1939 the Memel Territory was north of the Memel River (Lithuanian: Nemunas, Russian: Njemen) – forming a boundary for the Republic of Lithuania. From Nida to its northern tip the Curonian Spit belonged to Lithuania while the southern stretch was part of the German Reich and later of Russia.

The shifting sand dunes were once much feared and have, over time, buried seven villages.  As a result, people were forced to settle elsewhere. This danger has now been averted due to a reforestation programme instigated by Prussian management since the 19th century. But the magic of the landscape has remained. In summer the endlessly long, wonderfully fine sand beach on the Baltic Sea provides visitors of the Spit whatever they might seek – both an abundance of life and a source of complete solitude without any noise from development sites.

The Curonian Spit got its name from the fishing people living in groups who were settled on the Baltic coast.  They left behind two souvenirs: the ‘Kurenwimpel’ – pennants which blew in the wind all over the Spit to indicate that the boats were allowed to be used to fish in the lagoon; the ‘Kurenkähne’ – small wooden, flat-bottomed boats used by the people for fishing. Four fully functioning replicas of these stunningly beautiful fishing boats have been created and glide silently accross the lagoon as their big sails catch the light breeze.

When Wilhelm von Humboldt resided on the Curonian Spit in 1809, he wrote the following about the landscape to his wife Caroline:
“(it is) so extraordinary, one must see it, the same as Italy or Spain, if one doesn’t want one’s soul to miss out on a wonderful sight.”

The southern half of the Curonian Spit is now part of the district of Kaliningrad – meaning it belongs to Russia – while the north belongs to Lithuania.  The border running through the middle, south of the capital Nida, is now considered the EU’s external border.
Lithuanian part of the Spit, i.e. on the downward side. The largest, with many restaurants and excursion opportunities, is Nida (former German name Nidden) and was once an artists’ colony and tourist resort for Thomas Mann and his family. The smaller fishing villages of Preila and Perwelka are quiet, almost without pubs and shops and the larger Juodkrantė – formerly Schwarzort (or “Black Shore” in English) – is surrounded by a very beautiful forest.

A young doctor who came from Rossitten (now Rybatschij in Russian) wrote in his 1937 memoirs:
“…In winter journeys had to be made with sledges.  To Pillkoppen it was half a day’s travel.  To Nida it was a whole day’s travel.  But when one had to go to Preil or Perwelk or even all the way to Schwarzort it took a full two or three days to get there.  The horses would be changed in Nida…When going to Schwarzort the horses would be changed in Perwelk as well.  Of course it was well known in every place I went, that a doctor was coming ...”

The Curonian Spit is now considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The border between the Russian South and Lithuanian North is only passable with a visa, which has to be requested at the Russian Consulate. But it is worth it – for even though the infrastructure in the Russian south of the Spit is lacking and there are only a few accommodation options available – the landscape has remained partially original. However, not everything is accessible in this paradise because the nature needs to be protected.


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