Mayor Reise wants a hotel and land for new buildings

Grossenbrode. Graduate farmer, secretary, operator of a camper van and mayor of his hometown Grossenbrode: The fact that Jens Reise (CDG) is versatile is already evident from his choice of many professions. His secret to not losing overview and calm in all tasks: passion for what he does. “This is the only way,” he says, driving the flatbed truck along a dirt road near his farm, where wheat is currently grown. “This is my life,” he says as he walks through the field and lets the ears of corn slip through his fingers. “There’s nothing better than being a farmer.”

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Behind his wheat field is currently a field that is soon to be turned into a new development area. Jens Reise is moving into the role of mayor, because from this point of view, living space is one of the most important issues. “We need to enable young families to build a house here and have their own ‘soil’.” 50 plots of land are to be created near the sports field. If all goes according to plan, the first families could hopefully be settled by the end of 2024.

Jens Reise in the wheat field: Here the farmer feels particularly comfortable.

“Without tourism we would be lost in Großenbrode”

The fact that the place is so attractive is also due to tourism. “This is our most important pillar. If we didn’t have tourism, there wouldn’t be the corresponding infrastructure either. We mustn’t forget that,” Reise emphasizes, even if he understands that the locals sometimes struggle with it. “But without tourism as an important economic pillar for the community, we would not be what we are,” says the 47-year-old. Grossenbrode has a day care center, doctors, a primary school and two supermarkets, health clinics, care facilities, a volunteer fire department and numerous clubs and associations – and this with just over 2200 residents.

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The construction site for the new development area: 50 family plots will be built near the sports field.

The construction site for the new development area: 50 family plots will be built near the sports field.

If it was Jens Reise, then there would be two other important sights. One is a hotel with a wellness center that attracts tourists to Grossenbrode all year round. “I stand by the fact that a year-round hotel operation would be good, but Grossenbrode may not be that far off yet,” he says. The second is a stop for the entire region on long-distance rail services. “In five hours on ICE to Oktoberfest in Munich, that would be something, wouldn’t it?” Reise says with a wink. It also fights for flood protection. “During the construction of the tunnel, I always said, ‘Take the excavated material and build a wall around Großenbrode. We have to protect ourselves from the water.”

Almost completely surrounded by water

Grossenbrode is located on three sides surrounded by a total of 15 kilometers of coastline. The districts of Grossenbroderfuhre, Grossenbroderfelde, Grossenbroder Kai, Heinrichsruh, Lütjenbrode, Klaustorf and von Herwarthstrasse belong to the municipality.

Almost 2200 inhabitants the community has, plus 700,000 overnight stays by visitors annually. The promenade and the forecourt of the pier have been renovated in recent years to make the place even more attractive.

The mayor is also a superintendent

However, there are still a few other projects to be done before a new train station and a new hotel building become a reality. In the village pond, a set of the renovated fire station and the construction of an old forge are being built. This is to be used primarily as a registry office. “I will marry my son there in the fall,” says Jens Reise, who also works as a secretary. “It will be a very special moment.”

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This is where Jens Reise will marry his son in the fall.

This is where Jens Reise will marry his son in the fall.

Reise’s wife brought three children to the marriage and they later had a son together. “We met at the Kurhaus Baltic. My wife was there for a mother-child treatment and I was a civil servant,” says Jens Reise. “It was love at first sight.” The North German then transferred his studies to Halle an der Saale. “I always went to her in Franconia on the weekends. Then I even arranged the lectures so that I would have Mondays and Fridays off to spend time with my family.”

Grossenbrode: Reise already wanted to be mayor since she was a child

Later, the two returned to the north with the children. Jens Reise took over his stepfather’s farm – and also followed in his family’s footsteps as mayor. “My great-grandfather, my grandfather and my uncle were also mayors,” he says. “I already said in elementary school that I’m going to be mayor one day.”

Animal Housemates: Jens Reise's farm has room for twelve boarding horses.

Animal Housemates: Jens Reise’s farm has room for twelve boarding horses.

In 2013 his childhood dream came true. Looking back over the past nine years, Jens Reise is more than satisfied: “When I started, we had about 300,000 overnight stays, now we have reached 700,000.” when I took office, there were new openings in the double-digit range . Before it was the other way around.” Direct contact is important for everyone to feel included. “I’m in almost every club and association. That’s how I try to keep in touch with everyone.”

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By the way, he will at least have a little more time in the future. His oldest son and future wife take over the camper and the adjacent campsite, which he also owns.

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