On Friday the new hotel and restaurant German Mill Bolnisi celebrated its grand opening with hosting guests from the Tbilisi business and diplomatic community. The German Mill Bolnisi is a family style guest house, and investment by the German entrepreneur Achim Depta and his Georgian wife Khatuna. The house combines traditional Georgian hospitality with the experience of German management. Some 200 years after Bolnisi was founded by German settlers, a huge German investment came back to this town.
Grand Opening Hotel & Restaurant German Mill Bolnisi
Monday, July 22
The hotel was built based on the so called Kotzle Mill which looks quite traditional from the outside, shows tasteful design inside and especially the finest technology, all imported from Germany. Solid craftwork is visible everywhere.
The hotel has seven rooms, four double rooms, one junior suite and two senior suites. All rooms have shower/WC, flat screen TV with satellite channels, telephone, Internet connection, Wi-Fi, mini bar and safe. It offers all the amenities:
- A unique, stylish ambience
- Dignified and solid equipment in the upper level of a designer hotel
- Nice kitchen with Georgian and European influences
- An ambitious program with excursions and leisure activities such as squads, mountain bikes, canoes and archery. It is an ideal place especially for weekend trips or business meetings, family parties and buffets.
The history of Bolnisi is the story of Suebian emigrants who left their home in the spring of 1817 to establish new settlements in the Caucasus. One of them was Katharinenfeld named after Queen Catherine of Wurttemberg, a sister of Tsar Alexander I. Economic distress and religious isolation forced the Suebian Pietists to this step. After the early years of epidemics, robberies and serious economic problems, Katharinenfeld developed the mid-19th Century into a thriving community with five football teams, a German newspaper, an elementary school, a Lutheran church, a hunter club and a theatre group.
In 1921 the city was renamed by the communists in Luxembourg. 1941 Stalin had all the Germans who were not married to Georgians deported to Siberia and Kazakhstan, a total of 6,000 people. Since 1944, the city has been called Bolnisi. Today, only a few German-born are residents in Bolnisi, which still features German architecture in some areas.