Museum of Hermann Blode Hotel

Working hours
May - September
I-VII 8:00 – 20:00
Free entry
In the eastern part of Nida fishermen settlement, in Skruzdynė, in 1867 Hermann Blode hotel, called the Artists’ House, was built, and shortly after it was painted and written in the essay “From the Baltic States” by one of the first discoverers of the Curonian Spit L.Passarge.
Around 1885 Hermann Blode took over his father’s hotel, married Emma Zander, and as the time passed by became the famous “artists’ sponsor”. For his famous “artists’ terrace” pleasant gathering and serious discussions the first painters gathered. Increasing number of artists discovered the beauty of the Curonian Spit and Nida, and so in 1890 Nida Artists Colony was originated in the hotel of Hermann Blonde, which blossomed for the first time before the World War I. “Artists’ terrace” gathered not only painters (over two hundred of them visited Nida), but writers, composer, musicians, and actors as well. Abundant records written down in the books visitors had lost eloquently evident of multi-layered society of artists’ that stayed here.
The World War I slowed down the course of events, but in 1919 artists gathered again, bringing in new plans, new attitudes, and new painting manner. Nonetheless, the war demanded for victims. The painters Ernst Bischoff-Culm and Hans Beppo Borschke, as well as the poet Walter Heymann, who chanted the Curonian Spit, did not come back. In memoriam of them Ernst Mollenhauer had built a modest memorial on Blode hill.
In 1923 Klaipeda region, together with its Northern part of the Curonian Spit went to Lithuania. Economic difficulties originated shortly after that had forced Hermann Blode to think about closing the hotel rich in its traditions. In the end of the second decade Hermann Blode got sick, so Ernst Mollenhauer gradually took over the artists’ residence that became famous even outside the borders of Germany. Hermann Blode, “the king of the Curonian Spit”, died in 1934 and rests in peace on Nida fishermen’s cemetery.
During the sunny summer of 1944 increasingly feeding thunder of guns was announcing about approaching front. In winter the main line of the front straggled though the frozen Bay. Around the hotel of Hermann Blode trenches were ploughed up, soldiers and refugees, who saved themselves with the help of ice of the Curonian Bay, were settled in rooms and halls. The whole village, except of the fishermen called in, was evacuated. Treasury and collection of the studio was shredded in the Soviet Army sauna, which was made out of the studio itself.
The old house of Hermann Blode family that existed from 1867, core of Nida Artists’ Colony, was demolished in the beginning of the 7th decade to be replaced by new building. Out of beautiful nurtured by the creators residence only severely changed Southern pavilion was left. The grace of Hermann Blonde, outstanding glow over the Bay and the sea, soughing pines, humming of the sea, and memories in people’s hearts, for whom this planet’s corner was homeland, remained.
The only hotel museum (now it is the hotel “Nidos Banga”) in Neringa functions here.