• view at Schwerin castle with floating gardens in foreground during the national garden exhibition, © TMV/Allrich
    view at Schwerin castle with floating gardens in foreground during the national garden exhibition
  • Ducal splendour in the Baltic resort of Heiligendamm: The Grand Hotel Heiligendamm, © TMV/Grundner
    Ducal splendour in the Baltic resort of Heiligendamm: The Grand Hotel Heiligendamm
  • panorama view to Rostock historic skyline at sunset, © TMV/Manthey
    panorama view to Rostock historic skyline at sunset

Tour 1: Hanseatic towns and cities, Baltic Sea resorts and Schwerin Castle

Follow the trail of brick Gothic to the Hanseatic cities of Rostock and Wismar and enjoy monumental brick buildings and their Hanseatic history in the historic old towns

Route: Hanseatic city of Rostock – Bad Doberan minster – UNESCO World Heritage Site Wismar – Kühlungsborn seaside resort – Heiligendamm seaside resort – Hanseatic city of Rostock – imperial city of Schwerin

Bad Doberan minster built in the 13th century is also an architectural masterpiece in the brick Gothic style and is not only used as a church today but is also regularly used as a historical concert hall. Besides the kilometres-long sandy beach and beautiful little harbour in the Baltic Sea resort of Kühlungsborn there are also grand seaside architectural villas with richly decorated white loggias, which used to be the holiday homes of summer visitors from Germany’s major cities.

From Kühlungsborn we then continue on “Molli”, the historical steam railway, to Germany’s oldest seaside resort, Heiligendamm, which was the venue of the 2007 G8 summit with its venerable grand hotel.

On the return trip to Berlin, we take a look at the imperial city of Schwerin with its imposing castle, which was formerly the residence of the dukes and is the seat of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern regional parliament today.