• Villa in the evening light: The white magnificence of Binz on the Island of Rügen, © TMV/Böttcher
    Villa in the evening light: The white magnificence of Binz on the Island of Rügen
  • In the seaside resort of Sellin, snowy-white villas appear as delicate blossoms against the dark green of the Granitz beech forests, © TMV/Messerschmidt
    In the seaside resort of Sellin, snowy-white villas appear as delicate blossoms against the dark green of the Granitz beech forests
  • The pearls of the Baltic Sea coast: Resort architecture on the beach promenade in Binz, Rügen, © TMV/Grundner
    The pearls of the Baltic Sea coast: Resort architecture on the beach promenade in Binz, Rügen

Seaside Resorts

200 years of bathing culture

The North has been famous for its bathing culture for more than 200 years. Elegant piers, spectacular resort architecture or tranquil fishing cottages and captain's houses await you in the Baltic resorts.

Grand Duke Friedrich Franz I followed his personal physician's recommendation and established the first German seaside resort in Heiligendamm in 1793. The summer health resort by the sea was born. Soon, it wasn't just the nobility who were attracted to the coast but also rich merchants, artists and later the bourgeoisie.

The wicker beach chair was even invented in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The first model was made by the basket maker, Wilhelm Bartelmann, in 1882. Since that time, the wind-protecting wicker beach chairs have been just as much a characteristic feature of the Baltic resorts as the elegant piers, spectacular resort architecture and the tranquil fishing cottages and captains houses.

The 19 piers, promenades over the sea with endless panoramic views, are also a typical sight. Some of them even have cafés, shops and galleries on them.