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The health state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers people with severe obesity suitable therapy options. Above all, fasting cures and fasting hikes are very popular with Baltic Sea vacationers. These bring a sense of achievement and increase joie de vivre.

The health state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers people with severe obesity suitable therapy options. Above all, fasting cures and fasting hikes are very popular with Baltic Sea vacationers. These bring a sense of achievement and increase joie de vivre.

In our modern society, lack of exercise and poor nutrition mean that the personal energy balance is often unbalanced. The excess energy is then stored in fat deposits. When there is a strong increase in body fat and a high level of overweight, physicians speak of obesity or adiposity. Increasingly, children and adolescents are also suffering from this. This results in health problems for the metabolism, joints and psyche.

Active against overweight

Whether one completes a cure because of predominance or individually as an impulse a vacation for removing books. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers a wide range of possibilities between the Baltic Sea and the lake district. The most important components are nutrition and exercise. Some suggestions for this can be found below.

Baltic Sea vacation with fasting hiking

Sitting is the new smoking. In fact, the everyday life of many people is characterized by acute lack of movement. Not only the vocational activity we spend mainly in sitting, also the spare time takes place frequently passively before the computer or television. An active Baltic Sea vacation with chamfering moving makes various opportunities possible for you to use the vacation time for conscious movement by foot or also on the wheel. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has numerous worthwhile destinations to offer, which are easy to reach via an extensive network of hiking and biking trails.

Exercise in water with overweight

Floating weightlessly in water means pure relaxation, especially for people who are overweight. Heavily stressed bones, joints and ligaments can relax and the active movement of hips, knees and feet is easier in the water. In the health resorts and spas in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern there are numerous opportunities to do water gymnastics under professional guidance and to strengthen one's fitness.

Obesity - help from a nutritionist

The region's health resorts have nutrition specialists who assess the individual eating habits of people suffering from obesity, identify any need for action and offer tailored advice, including dietary recommendations. In addition, doctors take an accompanying social and addiction history in order to better identify private or professional problems. Only in this way can the causes of obesity be specifically identified and suitable therapies derived.

Fasting for overweight

Fasting cures help overweight people to break habitual eating patterns, detoxify the body and find inner peace. The Baltic Sea coast with its sandy beaches, dune landscapes and forests, national parks and inviting islands (Rügen, Usedom, Hiddensee) is ideal for fasting hikes. In addition, the classic fasting periods in spring and autumn are outside the main season and allow for extended coastal walks full of peace and relaxation. Yoga and meditation enrich the offer, which reaches from the ayurvedischen welfare chamfering, over the basis chamfering up to chamfering after Buchinger.
Further information on fasting can be found here.

Certified treatment centers for obesity

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is one of the German states with the most overweight people. Every third adult is overweight, every fifth even severely overweight. Therefore, several highly specialized medical facilities have been created for prevention and therapy of obesity (adiposity). The obesity centers in Rostock at Klinikum Südstadt, in Greifswald at Unimedizin, in Wismar at Sana HANSE Klinikum and in Neubrandenburg at Dietrich Bonhoeffer Klinikum offer the experience and expertise of interdisciplinary teams.

As an up-and-coming health state, the local spa clinics also offer good conditions for counteracting obesity. Apart from that, overweight and obesity should also be a reason for a vacation between the Baltic Sea and the lake district: Losing weight on vacation is not sustainable for short stays. Much more important are inspirations to change the lifestyle sustainably. How about making cooking the theme of the vacation?

Obesity centers

In the four major centers, internists, psychologists, physiotherapists, nutritionists and surgeons work intensively together. Patients receive professional, individual nutritional counseling and behavioral therapy, internal and endocrinological clarification of concomitant diseases, and adapted sports and exercise programs. If conventional therapies remain unsuccessful, surgical obesity operations with gastric bypass, gastric banding or tubular stomach can also be considered.

Obesity centers in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania:
Father-child cures and mother-child cures

In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, there are numerous spa clinics that specialize in mother-child cures, father-child cures and offers for preventive care, rehabilitation and recreation. Since people who are overweight usually have additional health problems, the Ostsee-Kurklinik Fischland, for example, specializes not only in family cures but also in the treatment of diseases of the cardiovascular system, respiratory tract and skin, as well as metabolic disorders, states of exhaustion and allergies.

Optifast program

By telemedicine or as short program the Optifast program can be integrated into the vacation. At the nourishing center of the University of Greifswald individual courses are offered for it, which aim at a weight reduction by purposeful nourishing change. After so-called Optifast modules of the enterprise Nestlé Health Science is fasted under medical and therapeutic guidance. Subsequently, a change is made to a healthy mixed diet. For long-term success, it is necessary to integrate the program of healthy eating and exercise learned during the fast permanently into everyday life.

More information about the Optifast program in Greifswald can be found at the following link:

Learning to cook healthily

A Baltic Sea vacation offers time and opportunity to learn and experience healthy cooking. Ready-made meals contain many hidden fats and too much sugar. Therefore, it is advisable to use fresh regional products. Spa facilities and hotels regularly offer cooking classes for this purpose.

Interview with Prof. Dr. med. Kaja Ludwig

Prof. Dr. med. Kaja Ludwig, Chief Physician and Deputy Medical Director of the Klinikum Südstadt Rostock on experiences at the Obesity Center

Prevent obesity with 10,000 steps a day
Well over half of Germany's population is overweight, and one in four is even morbidly obese, which is what medical science refers to as obesity. Where do you see the causes for the increasingly high proportion of people who are overweight?

Prof. Dr. Kaja Ludwig: The population of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern leads the statistics for overweight people in Germany. But the problem is not region-specific, it exists worldwide. Living conditions have changed fundamentally globally. 100 years ago, people walked an average of 12,000 steps a day; today, they walk 2,800 to 3,500 steps. The car dominates mobility. Industrialization has also led to an extreme decrease in physical labor, and the proportion of computer jobs is still growing. Leisure time behavior is also too often dominated by sedentary activities such as TV, video and computer games. This is compounded by unhealthy eating habits. We eat too much sugar and too much fat.

Does people's education play a role in obesity and malnutrition?

Prof. Dr. Kaja Ludwig: In our experience, all social classes are affected by overweight and obesity. However, a healthy and varied diet also has its price and is not affordable for everyone. Fast food is often cheaper and also hits the taste buds of many people due to the sugary additives.

Should a sugar tax be introduced?

Prof. Dr. Kaja Ludwig: In France and Mexico, there have been good experiences with the tax. It has encouraged manufacturers to bring products with less sugar onto the market. In Germany, this tax is rejected because consumers are expected to take responsibility for themselves. Klinikum Süd in Rostock has earned a good reputation for treating obese patients.

What is the treatment strategy?

Prof. Dr. Kaja Ludwig: When a patient comes to the special outpatient clinic, we start by evaluating therapy offers. An interdisciplinary team of psychologists, physiotherapists, nutritionists, internists and surgeons work closely together to help patients individually achieve long-term, stable weight loss and minimize the risks of secondary diseases. These are primarily high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Scientists believe that from a body mass index of 40, human life expectancy is shortened by about 7-8 years. With our structured conservative treatment program over six to twelve months, good results can be achieved, provided the patient actively participates and is willing to change his or her previous lifestyle habits.

When are surgical interventions necessary?

Prof. Dr. Kaja Ludwig: Surgery is always an intervention in the integrity of the individual and should only be considered when the medical indicators for it are present. People with a BMI above 45 and 50 can hardly achieve any significant long-term weight reduction by conservative means. For the most part, they have been through countless diet programs and their expectations are dampened. In weighing the risks and benefits, surgical stomach reduction may be a good way to get a better handle on lifestyle changes. The surgical procedure results in the patient having to undergo regular check-ups and rely on taking minerals and medications.

What do you advise patients to do to prevent obesity?

Prof. Dr. Kaja Ludwig: First of all, it is important to look in the mirror and become aware of one's own lifestyle habits. After that, everyone should have the courage to put their self-knowledge into practice. Just get up and go. It's best to get a dog and walk 10,000 steps every day. I also recommend regular contact with your family doctor, who can keep an eye on your fat metabolism through medical checkups and identify problems in good time.

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Causes and consequences of obesity

Obesity can have many causes. Lack of exercise, malnutrition, hormonal disorders and genetic inheritance are often linked. Psychological factors also have an influence - for example, loneliness, loss of a partner or job, or depression. The main cause, however, remains poor eating habits.

Consequential diseases of obesity

Common secondary diseases of obesity are cardiovascular diseases, arteriosclerosis, type 2 diabetes mellitus, joint diseases, venous disorders, sleep apnea, hormonal disorders, diseases of the gall bladder and liver, and an increased risk of various cancers of the uterus, breast, prostate, gall bladder or intestine. In addition, obese people are subject to high levels of psychosocial distress and are frequently affected by anxiety or depression.

BMI as an indicator of obesity

One indicator of obesity is the body mass index (BMI). BMI is calculated by dividing one's body weight by the square of one's height in meters. So if a woman is 1.69 meters tall and weighs 85 kilograms, she has a BMI of 29.8. Calculation: 85 : (1.69 x 1.69) = 29.8. From a BMI of over 25, doctors speak of overweight, and from a BMI of over 30, obesity is present. The guideline values for the average energy intake for people of different ages depending on the resting energy metabolism and physical activity can be found here.

For school children up to puberty there is a simple rule of thumb. The upper limit for normal weight is the height of the child in centimeters minus 100.

Obesity - When does surgery make sense?

Initially, doctors will use so-called conservative therapies to achieve the desired weight reduction through a change in diet and more physical exercise. However, if these therapies are unsuccessful and the BMI remains above 40, surgical therapy may come into focus. This involves surgically reducing the size of the stomach, which results in a faster feeling of fullness. Like any surgical intervention, however, this procedure is not free of possible complications.

Facilities for your health vacation

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Spa house Baabe

  • Closed today
  • Strandstraße, 18586 Ostseebad Baabe

Health and relaxation in Baltic resort Baabe.

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© Kathrin Engfer

Health practice Yoga&Ayurveda

  • Feldstraße, 18209 Bartenshagen-Parkentin

Lively. Light. Life. That sounds good, doesn't it? Would you like that too? With my health offers from yoga and Ayurveda, I am happy to support you on your way to a relaxed life - even beyond your vacation.

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© Kurmittelcentrum Zingst

Spa center Zingst

  • Rämel, 18374 Zingst

The Kurmittelcentrum Zingst is a public spa house with swimming pool, sauna and fitness room. The house also includes 38 comfortably furnished vacation apartments.

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© arcona Management GmbH

Hotel Kaiserhof Heringsdorf

  • Strandpromenade / Kulmstraße, 17424 Ostseebad Heringsdorf

Wind, sea, vacation - first class! Visit the exceptional Hotel Kaiserhof Heringsdorf on the sunny island of Usedom in the elegant seaside resort of Heringsdorf! You will stay directly on the beach promenade and very close to the famous pier.

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© Kleine Strandburg Zinnowitz

Small beach castle Zinnowitz

  • Dünenstraße, 17454 Zinnowitz

In one of the most popular resorts on the Island of Usedom lies the spa-style hotel, well recognized by its 2 distinctive towers.

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The AKZENT Waldhotel Göhren on the Island of Rügen directly on the beach, © AKZENT Waldhotel Göhren GmbH

Akzent Waldhotel Göhren

  • Waldstraße, 18586 Göhren

The sea is at your feet with us!

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© Friederike Hegner

Family and Health Hotel Villa Sano

  • Strandstraße, 18586 Baabe

Villa Sano in Baabe offers everything that belongs to a perfect vacation. In the family and health hotel wishes of families are combined with the individual need for relaxation.

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© WONNEMAR

WONNEMAR Resort Hotel Wismar

  • Bürgermeister-Haupt-Straße, 23966 Wismar

Your vacation - the most beautiful time of the year. Treat yourself to a break from everyday life and let yourself be pampered in our 4-star WONNEMAR Resort Hotel in the Hanseatic City of Wismar. Here you can expect everything that belongs to a perfect vacation with bathing weather guarantee.

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© Hotel Friesenhof

Hotel Friesenhof on Usedom

  • Bahnhofstraße, 17449 Trassenheide

The Hotel Friesenhof offers fantastic rides to the Baltic Sea beach in Trassenheide as well as special health holidays on Usedom. Beneficial fitness sessions, healthy food, relaxation and practical knowledge for a healthier lifestyle are combined - all in the marvellous setting of the island of Usedom.

Read more: "Hotel Friesenhof on Usedom"
© Marie Kohlen

DeafVentures

  • Suhrendorf, 18569 Ummanz

DeafVentures offers you kitesurfing courses that are adapted to your needs. The team includes two deaf kitesurfing instructors, a sign language interpreter and a hearing kitesurfing instructor who also diligently learns DGS!

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© HanseDom Stralsund GmbH

Wyndham Stralsund HanseDom Hotel

  • Freely accessible at any time
  • Grünhufer Bogen, 18437 Stralsund

True to the motto "Modernity meets Heritage", the Hanseatic City of Stralsund is a versatile center of attraction in the northeast of Germany. Look forward to northern German hospitality, modern 4-star comfort and the experience worlds of the Wyndham Stralsund HanseDom Hotel.

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StrandResort Markgrafenheide

  • Budentannenweg, 18146 Rostock-Markgrafenheide

Located directly on the dunes of the Baltic Sea, StrandResort Markgrafenheide is the ideal place for your family vacation by the sea.

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Baltic resort Wustrow pier, © Ostsee-Kurklinik Fischland

Ostseekurklinik Fischland

  • An der Seenotstation, 18347 Wustrow

Here, preventive care, rehabilitation and recovery are combined under one roof. Diagnostics, therapies, consultations and training are carried out by our professional clinic team at the highest level.

Read more: "Ostseekurklinik Fischland"
© Michael Knüppel

Heringsdorf beach hotel

  • Liehrstraße, 17424 Heringsdorf

Located directly on the promenade and beach, with elegant and friendly ambience for your vacation. Relax in our beauty center and Sindbad thermal bath. Exquisite cuisine with winter garden and terrace directly on the beach promenade.

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© Hotel Gutshaus Stellshagen Cordes e.K.

Hotel Gutshaus Parin

  • Am Wirtschaftshof, 23948 Parin

Quiet and idyllic is the bio and health hotel Gutshaus Parin in the middle of the Mecklenburg nature.

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Ginkgo Mare Organic Hotel & HealthCenter

  • Buchenstraße, 18375 Ostseebad Prerow

Vacation with meaning - a place of relaxation and self-reflection! Enjoy the equipment with organic - solid wood furniture and colors, eco-electricity, 100% organic food, revitalized Grander water throughout the house and filtered drinking water at your free disposal.

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Hotel and Holiday Land Ostseeland Diedrichshagen

  • Stolteraer Weg, 18119 Warnemünde-Diedrichshagen

The Ostseeland is an idyllic country hotel, only 200 meters from the Baltic Sea coast. Our nicely furnished hotel, with its 40 rooms, fulfills every vacation dream and ensures a relaxing time out.

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Spa park Friedensberg Sellin

  • Freely accessible at any time
  • Warmbadstraße, 18586 Ostseebad Sellin

The journey to the other world and a place of contemplation and silence.

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Hotel NEPTUN

  • Seestraße, 18119 Rostock-Warnemünde

Uniquely beautiful location directly on the beach. Each room with balcony & sea view. Culinary variety in various restaurants, the NEPTUN SPA and the certified original Thalasso Center await you.

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Waren (Müritz) spa center

  • Am Kurpark, 17192 Waren (Müritz)

Let your soul dangle on vacation, enjoy beautiful moments and free time and do something good for your health. For your relaxing health and pampering vacation, the Waren (Müritz) spa center in the heart of the Mecklenburg Lake District combines 4-star hotel comfort with healing therapies and wellness treatments.

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Spa house Baabe

  • Closed today
  • Strandstraße, 18586 Ostseebad Baabe

Health and relaxation in Baltic resort Baabe.

Read more: "Spa house Baabe"
© Kathrin Engfer

Health practice Yoga&Ayurveda

  • Feldstraße, 18209 Bartenshagen-Parkentin

Lively. Light. Life. That sounds good, doesn't it? Would you like that too? With my health offers from yoga and Ayurveda, I am happy to support you on your way to a relaxed life - even beyond your vacation.

Read more: "Health practice Yoga&Ayurveda"
© Kurmittelcentrum Zingst

Spa center Zingst

  • Rämel, 18374 Zingst

The Kurmittelcentrum Zingst is a public spa house with swimming pool, sauna and fitness room. The house also includes 38 comfortably furnished vacation apartments.

Read more: "Spa center Zingst"
© arcona Management GmbH

Hotel Kaiserhof Heringsdorf

  • Strandpromenade / Kulmstraße, 17424 Ostseebad Heringsdorf

Wind, sea, vacation - first class! Visit the exceptional Hotel Kaiserhof Heringsdorf on the sunny island of Usedom in the elegant seaside resort of Heringsdorf! You will stay directly on the beach promenade and very close to the famous pier.

Read more: "Hotel Kaiserhof Heringsdorf"
© Kleine Strandburg Zinnowitz

Small beach castle Zinnowitz

  • Dünenstraße, 17454 Zinnowitz

In one of the most popular resorts on the Island of Usedom lies the spa-style hotel, well recognized by its 2 distinctive towers.

Read more: "Small beach castle Zinnowitz"
The AKZENT Waldhotel Göhren on the Island of Rügen directly on the beach, © AKZENT Waldhotel Göhren GmbH

Akzent Waldhotel Göhren

  • Waldstraße, 18586 Göhren

The sea is at your feet with us!

Read more: "Akzent Waldhotel Göhren"
© Friederike Hegner

Family and Health Hotel Villa Sano

  • Strandstraße, 18586 Baabe

Villa Sano in Baabe offers everything that belongs to a perfect vacation. In the family and health hotel wishes of families are combined with the individual need for relaxation.

Read more: "Family and Health Hotel Villa Sano"
© WONNEMAR

WONNEMAR Resort Hotel Wismar

  • Bürgermeister-Haupt-Straße, 23966 Wismar

Your vacation - the most beautiful time of the year. Treat yourself to a break from everyday life and let yourself be pampered in our 4-star WONNEMAR Resort Hotel in the Hanseatic City of Wismar. Here you can expect everything that belongs to a perfect vacation with bathing weather guarantee.

Read more: "WONNEMAR Resort Hotel Wismar"
© Hotel Friesenhof

Hotel Friesenhof on Usedom

  • Bahnhofstraße, 17449 Trassenheide

The Hotel Friesenhof offers fantastic rides to the Baltic Sea beach in Trassenheide as well as special health holidays on Usedom. Beneficial fitness sessions, healthy food, relaxation and practical knowledge for a healthier lifestyle are combined - all in the marvellous setting of the island of Usedom.

Read more: "Hotel Friesenhof on Usedom"
© Marie Kohlen

DeafVentures

  • Suhrendorf, 18569 Ummanz

DeafVentures offers you kitesurfing courses that are adapted to your needs. The team includes two deaf kitesurfing instructors, a sign language interpreter and a hearing kitesurfing instructor who also diligently learns DGS!

Read more: "DeafVentures"
© HanseDom Stralsund GmbH

Wyndham Stralsund HanseDom Hotel

  • Freely accessible at any time
  • Grünhufer Bogen, 18437 Stralsund

True to the motto "Modernity meets Heritage", the Hanseatic City of Stralsund is a versatile center of attraction in the northeast of Germany. Look forward to northern German hospitality, modern 4-star comfort and the experience worlds of the Wyndham Stralsund HanseDom Hotel.

Read more: "Wyndham Stralsund HanseDom Hotel"
© Alexander Rudolph@DOMUSimages

StrandResort Markgrafenheide

  • Budentannenweg, 18146 Rostock-Markgrafenheide

Located directly on the dunes of the Baltic Sea, StrandResort Markgrafenheide is the ideal place for your family vacation by the sea.

Read more: "StrandResort Markgrafenheide"
Baltic resort Wustrow pier, © Ostsee-Kurklinik Fischland

Ostseekurklinik Fischland

  • An der Seenotstation, 18347 Wustrow

Here, preventive care, rehabilitation and recovery are combined under one roof. Diagnostics, therapies, consultations and training are carried out by our professional clinic team at the highest level.

Read more: "Ostseekurklinik Fischland"
© Michael Knüppel

Heringsdorf beach hotel

  • Liehrstraße, 17424 Heringsdorf

Located directly on the promenade and beach, with elegant and friendly ambience for your vacation. Relax in our beauty center and Sindbad thermal bath. Exquisite cuisine with winter garden and terrace directly on the beach promenade.

Read more: "Heringsdorf beach hotel"
© Hotel Gutshaus Stellshagen Cordes e.K.

Hotel Gutshaus Parin

  • Am Wirtschaftshof, 23948 Parin

Quiet and idyllic is the bio and health hotel Gutshaus Parin in the middle of the Mecklenburg nature.

Read more: "Hotel Gutshaus Parin"
© TMV/H2F

Ginkgo Mare Organic Hotel & HealthCenter

  • Buchenstraße, 18375 Ostseebad Prerow

Vacation with meaning - a place of relaxation and self-reflection! Enjoy the equipment with organic - solid wood furniture and colors, eco-electricity, 100% organic food, revitalized Grander water throughout the house and filtered drinking water at your free disposal.

Read more: "Ginkgo Mare Organic Hotel & HealthCenter"
© Hotel Ostseeland

Hotel and Holiday Land Ostseeland Diedrichshagen

  • Stolteraer Weg, 18119 Warnemünde-Diedrichshagen

The Ostseeland is an idyllic country hotel, only 200 meters from the Baltic Sea coast. Our nicely furnished hotel, with its 40 rooms, fulfills every vacation dream and ensures a relaxing time out.

Read more: "Hotel and Holiday Land Ostseeland Diedrichshagen"
© TMV/Gohlke

Spa park Friedensberg Sellin

  • Freely accessible at any time
  • Warmbadstraße, 18586 Ostseebad Sellin

The journey to the other world and a place of contemplation and silence.

Read more: "Spa park Friedensberg Sellin"
© Hotel NEPTUN

Hotel NEPTUN

  • Seestraße, 18119 Rostock-Warnemünde

Uniquely beautiful location directly on the beach. Each room with balcony & sea view. Culinary variety in various restaurants, the NEPTUN SPA and the certified original Thalasso Center await you.

Read more: "Hotel NEPTUN"
© Kurzentrum Waren (Müritz)

Waren (Müritz) spa center

  • Am Kurpark, 17192 Waren (Müritz)

Let your soul dangle on vacation, enjoy beautiful moments and free time and do something good for your health. For your relaxing health and pampering vacation, the Waren (Müritz) spa center in the heart of the Mecklenburg Lake District combines 4-star hotel comfort with healing therapies and wellness treatments.

Read more: "Waren (Müritz) spa center"
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