200 years of bathing culture in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
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. Germany's Baltic coast offers miles of sandy beaches and historic seaside resorts, perfect for anyone seeking open spaces and natural living.
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. If you're looking for relaxation, stroll along coastal promenades or piers, enjoying the expansive sea views. If you prefer an active break, then the Baltic waters are perfect for all manner of watersports, including sailing or kite surfing.
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.
Relaxation guaranteed and space for everyone in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
This region is home to Germany's highest concentration of nature reserves, ensuring that whichever of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern seaside resorts you stay in, rest and relaxation is close at hand. One of the region's top attraction is Rügen island, where visitors can explore the beaches and cliffs, and see wildlife such as sea eagles. Close by is Usedom, another island where the piers at Ahlbeck and Heringsdorf are some of Germany's finest. A trip to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers wide open spaces inland and on its beaches, with the added option of joining in with some high-paced watersports for thrill seekers. Elsewhere in the region, visitors can enjoy trips to some of Germany's most historical stately homes, close to the coastal resorts.