If someone told you to picture an electricity utility building, we can guarantee that you wouldn’t picture The Waterworks, a stunningly renovated former water and electricity utility in Brandenburg’s beautiful Scharmützelsee region. The building dates from 1908, and was saved from ruin by couple Tim and Heike, and their friend Wolfgang, back in 2008. Tim had already made a name for himself in the architecture space as a lover of unique buildings, such as lighthouses, which he transforms into creative places to stay.
The Waterworks is no exception: the six apartments are full of striking design pieces that set off the original, industrial features of the building. The the E-Werk Loft, where former transformers and generators for the energy supply were found, boasts a free-floating bed and huge iron fireplace. The Wasserturm is perhaps one of the most romantic retreats we’ve come across, thanks to its four floors, each featuring ultimate indulgence: a circular bed, a whirlpool bath, a hanging fireplace and an observation tower from where you can watch the stars. This hideout is special, and we challenge you to not feel totally relaxed after a stay here.
“I’ve fallen in love with Germany’s unique buildings, and take great pleasure in renovating them so others can fall in love, too.”
“The location is just wow! You’re just a few steps to the beautiful Scharmützelsee, right next door to the Saarow Therme, and there are lots of good restaurants around you, plus you’re staying in the most beautiful house of all!”
Tim’s insider tips
The Waterworks are located in Bad Saarow, near the expansive Scharmützelsee.
It's just over an hour away from Berlin with a car.
You can get here easily with public transport: get the train to Fürstenwalde(Spree), and then it's a short bus trip.