We focus on quality, sustainability and regionality

Environmental and climate protection, biodiversity and social justice are the big issues of our time. We are aware of our social and ecological responsibility and rely on a strictly certified ecological concept, carefully selected partners and high quality standards.

Environmentally friendly action, resource conservation and treating our environment and fellow human beings with respect are more than just philosophy for us. We live sustainability! Our will to preserve the healthy nature and scenic beauty of our region drives us to constantly set achievable goals together with our team and to realize them. We involve our employees in the brainstorming and implementation process and use everyone's creativity. We see our actions as a constant process and would like to continue developing in the future. Mindfulness, appreciation and responsibility determine our everyday life.

Our sustainability certification with GreenSign

The Schlosshotel Blankenburg is certified with the GreenSign sustainability seal. During the hotel certification, all seven core areas for sustainable management were examined. These include:

  • Environment (energy, water and waste)

  • Purchasing

  • Regionality and mobility

  • Quality management and sustainable development

  • Management and communication

  • Social responsibility

  • Economic responsibility

We are proud that we achieved an outstanding result and were awarded the GreenSign Level 4.

GreenSign is published by InfraCert - Institute for Sustainable Development in the Hotel Industry. The 92 criteria of the test catalog were developed for the hotel industry based on internationally recognized frameworks for sustainability such as ISO 14001 (EMAS / environmental management), ISO 26000 (Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)) and the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (Sustainable Tourism (GSTC)) .

The GreenSign sustainability barometer provides an overview of the sustainability performance that our hotel fulfills in the individual core areas of certification.

We are constantly working to further optimize our sustainable actions in order to reach GreenSign Level 5 as soon as possible.

 

Our sustainable hotel concept

  • We use LED lights throughout the house and have motion sensors in the hallways

  • We use 100% green electricity

  • We determine our carbon footprint annually and consider possible reductions in our emissions

  • We offer sustainable cosmetics in the room and in the wellness area

  • We use environmentally friendly cleaning agents - refillable, dosed, climate-friendly

  • We do not use water bottles in the restaurant - we provide you with filtered original Harz water in reusable bottles

  • We avoid portion packaging - for example, you can enjoy homemade jams from the buffet

  • We primarily use regional and seasonal products in our kitchen

  • We are working to avoid food waste in the breakfast area

  • We digitize our work processes with the aim to work paper-free

  • We have two in-house e-charging stations

  • We have an insect hotel in front of the house

  • We work together with a bicycle and e-bike rental partner

  • We pay attention to the efficient use of resources

  • We have banned plastic straws and plastic disposable cups

  • We see quality assurance as a core process of sustainability

  • We regularly train our employees in sustainable topics and work together to develop new ideas and concepts

  • We are a training company, promote young colleagues and offer numerous benefits for all employees

  • We offer our guests the opportunity to make their stay or conference climate-neutral through compensation

Our ecological footprint

The reduction of CO2 emissions is very important in the fight against climate change and emissions accounting is an essential part of sustainable hotel management. We want to keep the CO2 footprint of our hotel and per guest and night as low as possible through our sustainable measures, although not all emissions can be completely avoided.

Our CO2 footprint and also our water footprint were determined by Klimapatenschaft GmbH in accordance with the guidelines of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, which is the most common calculation standard worldwide.

Our current result:

  • 11.10 kg CO2 emissions per night

  • a water consumption of 147.10 l per night

We were able to achieve a positive, climate-friendly result. Above all, our climate-neutral gas and the purchase of green electricity have a strong positive effect. We will take further measures to achieve an even better value the next time we record and to optimize our carbon footprint again.

CO2 Fussabdruck Schlosshotel Blankenburg

We rely on sustainable partners

Regionality, environmental compatibility and freshness are very important to us. That is why we obtain most of our food directly from partners in our region. We select our suppliers and partners according to "green" criteria and maintain a constructive interchange.

Harzer Likoer Manufaktur Quedlinburg
Westerhäuser Hofkaeserei

The contribution of our guests

We would also like to inspire our guests to act sustainably and look forward to exchanging ideas with them. Travel with a clear conscience! Your stay in our hotel improves your personal balance in terms of ecological footprint. In addition, you can do even more. Here are a few suggestions for your sustainable vacation:

  • Arrange your journey by train or Flixbus - Blankenburg is well connected

  • You can also plan car-free excursions and explorations in the Harz Mountains - hiking, cycling (e-bike rental at the front desk), use of public transport

  • The Harz region offers so much nature - treat it with respect and keep it clean and intact

  • Feast and let yourself be pampered by Harz specialties - pay attention to regional and seasonal products - and also consider taking a few culinary memories home with you

  • Make your stay climate-neutral by offsetting CO2 emissions with a contribution to a climate protection project

  • Use our information screen in the lobby to plan your day instead of travel guides and printed information. Or find out more online beforehand using your PC, tablet or smartphone

  • Save electricity and water in the hotel room

Become a climate hero yourself!

If you want to make your stay in our castle hotel more sustainable and even climate-neutral, you now have the opportunity. You can offset the CO2 caused by your trip by donating a tree, sponsoring a bee or by supporting a climate protection project. Our partner GreenSign (sustainability certificate) has developed a GreenSign mix with climate sponsorship, which includes two different climate protection projects. You will receive a personal certificate for your climate-neutral hotel stay.

You can purchase GreenSign-Mix, tree donation and bee sponsorship quickly and easily with just a few clicks in the GreenLine Shop.

We are already looking forward to welcoming you to our Schlosshotel Blankenburg in the Harz and enabling you to have an unforgettable stay with a green conscience.