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Baltic Sea

Explore the area at the Baltic Sea

With its broad sandy beaches, shady, tree-lined streets, idyllic fishing villages, proud seaside resorts and bustling Hanseatic cities, the Baltic Sea guarantees an unforgettably enjoyable vacation stay on the seashore. Anyone who visits Rostock should not miss a roundtrip through the international harbor. Around the New Market, stately town houses attract attention. One can dream romantic fantasies of seafaring at the Alten Strom waterfront. Sailing past idyllic captains’ houses, one reaches Warnemünde. Besides the broad sandy beach, the 500-meter long jetty is also a major point of attraction. Heiligendamm is considered the oldest seaside resort on the Baltic Sea. With its buildings in neo-classicism style, the seaside resort offers a unique architectural ensemble and is widely known as the “White Town by the Sea.”

Kühlungsborn makes a stay at the Baltic Sea a special experience. The largest and most often visited seaside resort on the German Baltic Sea coast disposes of a popular beach promenade that offers an open view of the Baltic Sea. The Ostseeallee invites a stroll with its fashionable shops and charming restaurants, as well on cold days. Active vacationers get their money’s worth in the dune spa Weissenhäuser Strand. Here swimming and bathing are available the whole year round. Hikes on the steep, picturesque coast are rewarding. On Rügen, the seaside resort town of Binz offers the most stylish lodgings on the Baltic Sea coast. Romantics will rave about the famous Chalk Coast. As well, the island of Fehmarn is rich in contrasts.

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Baltic Sea - Boltenhagen© Silke Greder / Travanto

Boltenhagen

Boltenhagen is the largest vacation spot on the northwestern Baltic Sea coast. The town of 2,600 residents has a long history as a seaside resort. Beautiful buildings in the aestheticism of spa architecture attest to this. On the three-kilometer-long Boltenhagen Beach one is sure to find a quiet spot. Two promenades keep the noise of automobiles at a distance, and the flat, sloping beach is especially convenient for families with children. Boltenhagen possesses a charmingly designed spa park. Excursion boats set off from the 290-meter-long pier for the island of Poel. In the Wellness Hotsprings, vacationers can relax with Rügen healing chalk.

Worth seeing in Boltenhagen
A popular sight in the Baltic Sea resort town of Boltenhagen is the pier (Seebrücke). On its ca. 290-meter length, one can even enjoy free access to the invigorating air of the Baltic Sea and observe Boltenhagen from offshore. Just as beautiful is the spa park. It was already dedicated in 1803 and was redesigned 200 years later. The fountain is a central meeting place in the emerald gem. Take the opportunity to also visit the church on the Paulshöhe. Here one can also see the Storm Surge memorial from 1872. Fans of filigree handiwork should also not miss the Buddelschiff museum, where one can learn the tricks used in making the little masterpieces. Typical for the Baltic Sea coast is a trip with the railroad “Carolinchen” for a tour to the Weissen Wiek holiday resort. Here one can learn fascinating facts about the history of the seaside spa.

Dahme

In the Baltic Sea health resort of Dahme rest and recovery have priority. In the midst of the Schleswig-Hostein landscape of Wagrien, we find this town between Kellenhusen and Grube. It boasts of over 60,000 bathing guests, who find their way to the Baltic Sea spa the year round, Dahme is a veritable visitors magnet on the Bay of Lübeck. In the tranquil village with its ca. 1,200 residents, one will surely enjoy a rest. The thatched-roof houses lend the former fishing village a cozy and maritime charm, which quickly captivates visitors. One enjoys seaside hustle and bustle at its best on the beach promenade, which invites visitors to 1.5 kilometers of strolling, and refreshment offerings. In addition, in the fresh air there are a variety of sport opportunities. Further, about 180 kilometers of jogging and Nordic walking paths are available for guests. Beyond that, a rich, varied program of events provides entertainment in Dahme.

Worth seeing in Dahme
Even if Dahme belongs more to the tranquil towns on the Baltic Sea, we also find a great range of exciting sights here, which one need not go very far to enjoy. A widely known landmark of Dahme is the Dahmeshöved lighthouse, which has long served seafarers in the Bay of Mecklenburg as an important navigation aid. The Wittenwiewerbarg marks the remains of an historic castle complex from the 13th century, to which one can undertake a rewarding walk. Somewhat farther outside the town, it is worthwhile to make a visit to the cloister town of Cismar, where art exhibitions and numerous events enrich the region’s cultural life. Not just on rainy days, it is also rewarding to visit Fehmarn island. In the Baltic Sea adventure world, big and small visitors can take discovery trips through the history of the world’s largest brackish water seas.

Baltic Sea - Eckernförde© Monika Wirtz / Travanto

Eckernförde

The Baltic Sea resort of Eckernförde is located northeast of Rendsburg, directly on Eckernförder Bay. The old city of Eckernförde lies on a peninsula. In the side-streets stately townhouses from the 18th and 19th centuries have been preserved. The “Ritterburg” (knights’ castle) offers visitors an idea of the architecture that were once so common in Eckernförde. In the old city, the Nicholas Church dominates the picture. The seaside resort offers its guests extensive cultural and leisure offerings. A popular meeting point is the “Aqua Tropicana” adventure bath, which offers year-round bathing fun under the palms.

Things to see in Eckernförde
In Eckernförde there are many fascinating sights to see, which one should not pass up. A visit to the harbor of the little Baltic Sea town is definitely one of them, for here one can see several historical ships lying at anchor. In the Baltic Sea information center one can learn a lot about the unique life space for water and land dwellers and use all one’s senses thereby. Anyone who wants to learn more about the town is well-advised to visit Museum Eckernförde. The towerless St. Nicholas Church was built already in the 13th century. In the interior, there are historical tombs and a collection of ship models. Nor should anyone who likes walking skip the spa park. There are beautiful lawns, hedges and floral borders, as well as sculptures, which adorn a popular promenade. And for all candy lovers, since 2006 a candy factory has been operated in the inner town, where one can watch the production at first hand. A few tasty take-home treats are guaranteed to visitors.

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Baltic Sea - Fehmarn© Christiane Kühne

Fehmarn

Fehmarn on the western outlet is the second-largest island of the Baltic Sea. Since 1963, the island has been connected to the mainland by the Fehmarn Sound Bridge. Tourism on Fehmarn is concentrated in Burg. The vacation center in the eastern part of the island is rich in contrasts. In the old city core, one can enjoy peace and tranquility. Located on the south beach is a spa and vacation center, with high-rise apartments, refreshment vendors and sport facilities. From the Puttgarten ferry harbor there is a connection to the Danish island of Lolland. The western part of Fehmarn offers an idyllic landscape and has remained almost untouched by tourism. There are guided tours of the Graswarder nature protection area. In Heiligenhafen the saltwater indoor swimming pool beckons to the public.

Worth seeing on Fehmarn
The outstanding sight on the Baltic Sea island is the Fehmarn Sound Bridge. With a length of 1.3 kilometers, it connects the island with the mainland of Schleswig-Holstein. Visitors learn about local history in the open-air museum Katharinenhof, which demonstrates handicrafts on the island. Children are very welcome here and learn through play what life on a farm must have been like ages ago. Fun for the whole family is a visit to the Sea Center in Burg. With an area of over 5000 m², visitors can see the most varied sea creatures from around the world. In Gammendorf there is the Niobe Memorial, which recalls a sail training ship that sank in 1932, with a tragic loss of 69 lives. Many visitors do not exactly connect the island with famous guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix. Nevertheless, he performed there at the Love-and-Peace Festival just a few days before his tragic death. A memorial stone today recalls his visit. Of course, there are also lighthouses on Fehmarn. The Baltic Sea island offers five in all, which in part, like the Flügge lighthouse, can be seen from inside.

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Baltic Sea - Grömitz© Dietrich Schaare-Schlüterhof / Travanto

Grömitz

A visit in Grömitz leads to a beach resort in the district of Ostholstein. The town on the Wagrien peninsula owes its name to the course of a stream. In the 15th century, there was a harbor in Grömitz. The oldest building in the town is the church, built in the 12th century. The peaceful town has today about 7,000 residents.

Sights to see in Grömitz
In Grömitz one can discover many things. For example, visit the Cismar House of Nature, which with about 4,000 exhibits houses Germany’s probably largest seashell collection. The museum is located on the grounds of Cismar’s Cloister, a marvelous example of North German brick Gothic. Here one can visit the art exhibit or attend concerts in the winter months. The 400-meter long pier beckons visitors to take a long stroll on the wonderful Baltic Sea coast. Here you can enjoy a picturesque sunset or watch the hustle and bustle of the beach. Would you like to know how one can plunge into the depths of the Baltic Sea without getting your feet wet? Then you only need to dive to the bottom with a diving gondola directly on the pier, and you will learn much about the Baltic habitat. Another place to linger is the Grömitz yacht harbor. This has developed in recent years to a point of attraction for water sport fans and enriches the cultural offering with several sporting events every year. And for small guests, there are numerous native and exotic animals to watch in the Arche Zoo.

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Baltic Sea - Großenbrode© Susanne Belitz / Travanto

Großenbrode

Großenbrode is a sea resort on the Bay of Lübeck. The town features a charming landscape located on the Wagrien peninsula and is characterized by long hours of sunlight. In the summer, most vacationers can be found on the south beach. Here there is a long sea promenade, which serves as a meeting place for the sea resort. In the spa center of Großenbrode, great importance is attached to wellness tourism. Here vacationers can recover with baths and massages and learn the healing effects of a Kneipp Cure (water-treading). In the Großenbrode spa park, numerous events are held.

Things to see in Großenbrode
Großenbrode is the starting point of the Fehmarn Sound Bridge, which joins the island with the mainland. This imposing structure dates to 1963. Nature friends will be thrilled by a tour to the Graswarder peninsula. The nature protection reserve offers a unique opportunity to watch rare birds, such as, e.g., the avocet or the oystercatcher. Myths surround a megalithic grave in the vicinity of the Old Sound. Well hidden behind bushes, one can search for the stone monument. The one-hundred meter long megalithic grave is among the longest of its kind in Germany. Anyone who wants to do something energetic will stroll along the beach promenade to the sea mole and the yacht harbor. A great variety of restaurants and shops invite visitors to while away their time.

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Heiligenhafen

The Baltic Sea resort town of Heiligenhafen is distinguished by its location between Hohwachter Bay and the Fehmarn Sound Bridge. Thus, the town is a popular station for vacationers who want to visit Fehmarn. Nature fans wander around the land spits off the coast of Steinwarder and Graswarder, which are designated as a bird sanctuary. Guided walks bring tourists close to the idyllic environs around Heiligenhafen. For example, you can observe one of the largest breeding colonies of common gulls. Heiligenhafen itself is marked by tourism and possesses excellent infrastructure. Numerous shops and restaurants are also present, as well as a vacation park and a seawater indoor swimming pool. The popular vacation island of Fehmarn is only a few kilometers away and can be conveniently reached by car.

Worth seeing in Heiligenhafen
A new attraction of the sea resort of Heiligenhafen is the adventure promenade, which is not just architecturally a highlight. Here there is a separate children’s play area, glazed surfaces and a sea lounge. The diverse seating possibilities make the promenade very special. In the Aktiv Hus weary bones can regain their energy. The large Indoor Recreation Center offers numerous recreational opportunities, for example climbing, wellness or aqua fitness. Children are also welcome here and are kept happy with animation activities. Whoever feels like going outside should visit the new marina. Up to 1000 boats jostle about here in the summer months and can use the convenient mooring places, including places for grilling and play. Nature enthusiasts should definitely wander to the steep coast on the western side. Depending on your whims, here you can collect minerals, seashells and beach flotsam and jetsam.

Hiddensee

Hiddensee, a long, narrow island situated west of Rügen, has four small villages: Kloster, Grieben, Neuendorf and Vitte. These belong to the tourist points of attraction and fascinate visitors with their interesting sights. Anyone seeking peace and relaxation and a quiet vacation spot is in the right place on Hiddensee. This is, on the one side, provided by the prohibition of private automobiles, and on the other side, the healthy climate and numerous natural beauties offer total relaxation. Known as the Capri of the North, the island also enjoys numerous sun-rich days each the year, so that there is nothing to prevent beautiful beach days or long strolls. Hiddensee also stands out through its attractive position near the island of Rügen and at the same time to the West Pommeranian mainland. Thus, there are a multiplicity of leisure activities and excursions, with which to get to know the local surroundings. A ferry crossing and a visit to the beautiful Hanseatic city of Stralsund are inviting. Especially the restored Old Town, which is historically protected, the Oceaneum maritime museum or the sailing ship Gorch Fock in the harbor impress visitors in a very special way.

Worth seeing on Hiddensee
Hiddensee has more to offer than just beautiful landscapes: interesting buildings and museums are scattered around the interior of the island. Numerous famous historical personalities like the Danish actress Asta Nielsen, the noted author Henriette “Henni” Lehmann or the world-renowned author Gerhart Hauptmann have resided on the small, idyllic island and enjoyed magical summer days here. Today their “vacation domiciles” serve as popular memorials and in part as museums. At the same time, Hiddensee is known for its romantic lighthouses, which are not only landmarks, but are also still used as navigational aids. Excellently suited as a way to explore the island is a cycling tour, which brings the visitor closer to the many beauties, like the Blue Shed in Vitte or Lietzenburg. But also on foot or horseback, you can explore the surroundings and make numerous hiking – or Nordic walking – tours on Hiddensee.

Kellenhusen

The community of Kellenhusen, situated in the district of Ostholstein, has 1,100 residents on an area of 8.15 square kilometers. Known as a Baltic Sea spa, the town has great importance for tourism in the region. Kellenhusen is also notable because of its location in the historical Wagrien region. Once it was more a poor fishing village. Today the community has made a name for itself chiefly as a family-friendly vacation spot. Many free-time facilities speak to a broad public. This includes possibilities for playing mini-golf, tennis, archery, soccer or windsurfing.

Things to see in Kellenhusen
The figure of a fisherman serves as the trademark of Kellenhusen. The work by the sculptor Axel Süphke is visible from afar and represents a fisherman in his boat, who is directing his gaze out to sea. The old pier was severely damaged in 2004 by severe weather. Work began immediately on a new structure. Kellenhusen’s new pier is today a meeting point for natives and tourists alike. Especially beloved are the theme islands that offer possibilities for rest and relaxation along the 305-meter long pier. The news that one could hold wedding ceremonies on the pier spread rapidly by word of mouth. Nature lovers will want to take an excursion in the Kellenhusen forest. There one can see the “five-mark” oak tree, which once adorned the old German currency, the Reichsmark.

Laboe

The Baltic Sea resort of Laboe is located on the outermost edge of the Kiel Fjord, ca. 19 km north of Kiel. Known as the “sunny side of the Kiel Fjord,“ Laboe is highly attractive due to its variety of interesting sights and magical landscape. As well, the direct access to the Baltic Sea impresses numerous visitors and invites them to linger and enjoy sunbathing opportunities. Laboe itself consists of several quarters. Among the most important are Ober- and Unterdorf, which have their own respective charm. In Unterdorf there is a tourist center, featuring numerous shops, tourist bureaus and a beautiful harbor. Tourists can stroll along the promenade or enjoy the view of the sea over a cup of coffee. Anyone who values historical memories should visit Oberdorf. Here one can still experience old Laboe, founded long ago in the Middle Ages. Known as Runddorf, one finds a great variety of old farms, cottages and outbuildings. As well in the surroundings of Laboe there is a lot to discover. For nature friends the area of the Laboe hinterland has much to offer. The Probstei, a collective municipality in the district of Plön, was once known as a free land of farmers and is today marked by agriculture and once a year invites visitors to the annual “Probsteier Korntagen” (Probstei Grain Days).

Worth seeing in Laboe
From the active vacation to the restful vacation, the town has a lot to offer. Nature at its best is found on varied hikes or cycling tours through the surroundings of Laboe. Long sandy beaches invite visitors to sunbathe or take long hikes. In addition. It is worthwhile to visit the well-known Marine Memorial, which is meant to recall all those who have been lost at sea. It forms the entrance to the Kiel Fjord, for already from afar one can recognize the tower. On the cultural level, the Lachmöwen Theater or the Music Shell in Laboe provide great entertainment for tourists. Anyone interested in the history of military technology should not miss a visit to U-Boot U 995. Today it serves as a technical museum and provides interesting information about the Second World War.

Baltic Sea - Poel© Christiane Kamphuis / Travanto

Poel

The island of Poel is located in the south of the Bay of Mecklenburg and is connected to the mainland by a causeway. The island has 2,700 residents. It was first mentioned in 1163 in a deed of donation. The island’s name can be traced back to the Slavic expression for “flatland.” The island disposes of two lighthouses and idyllic sandy and natural beaches.

Sights on the island of Poel
The peaceful Baltic Sea island of Poel also has interesting sights to see. Besides the island church, one can visit the lighthouse on the beach of Timmendorf, which is protected for its historical value. A place with much entertainment value is the castle rampart in Kirchdorf, which in the summertime is used for a variety of events. The rampart is all that has survived from the imposing 16th century castle. Bird-lovers will get their money’s worth on the uninhabited island of Langenwerder. Accompanied by an ornithological warden, one can visit the island and watch various seabirds. As well with a telescope or binoculars, one can catch a view of the feathered flyers from the small town of Gollwitz. Anyone who wants to know more about island history can learn a lot at the museum of local history and thereby discover many surprising facts. And finally, at the Cap Arcona Memorial one can find out about the air strike on ships at the end of World War II in the Bay of Lübeck which took 7000 lives.

Baltic Sea - Rügen© Lothar und Marika Wegner / Travanto

Rügen

On Rügen active and varied vacations can be enjoyed. Vacationers can reach Germany’s largest Baltic Sea island on the Rügen Causeway or the Rügen Bridge, which span Stralsund Sound. Rügen’s landscape is definitely charming, and offers meadows, forests, highlands and magnificent beaches. Especially attractive is the resort town of Binz. Along the beach promenade and in the town itself there are numerous buildings in the historic style of spa architecture. The elegant health center testifies to the glamorous past. A popular tourist destination is the famous Chalk Coast, which can be reached from the King’s Throne. On the natural stage of Ralswieck vacations can experience the Störtebeker Festival year round.

Worth seeing on Rügen
There is so much to see on Rügen that no one could be bored there. The romantic cliff coast on Kap Arkona, in the north of the island, invites visitors to enjoy long walks. The landmark of the island remains, however, the Chalk Coast in the Jasmund National Park. The imposing white cliffs stretch out along the Baltic Sea coast and give the water a turquoise shade. The King’s Throne (accessible by bus) towers 118 meters above the sea and is probably the island’s most popular photo motif. Anyone who visits Sellin will be sure to take a stroll on the ca. 400-meter long pier. An eye catcher is the richly ornated building on the pier, which houses a restaurant. Near Binz we find the elegant Granitz hunting lodge, situated on a hill. With its 38-meter high tower, it offers a grandiose view of the surroundings and attracts thousands of visitors. Steeped in history is the former “Strength through Joy” vacation complex in Prora, not far from Binz. The now largely empty buildings silently witness to Hitler’s megalomaniac plans, and were used by East Germany for various purposes after the war. Anyone who wants to use a different sort of transportation can explore parts of Rügen on the “Rasender Roland”, an old-fashioned narrow-gauge steam railroad.

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Baltic Sea - Scharbeutz© Annette Pett-Hufschmidt / Travanto

Scharbeutz

Scharbeutz, 20 km north of Lübeck, is a municipality formed in 1974 through the merger of the towns of Haffkrug-, Scharbeutz and Gleschendorf. On the highway A1 one can conveniently reach the accommodations of the popular sea resort. Scharbeutz possesses a six-kilometer long beach and has been certified as a sea health spa since 1970. The town on the Baltic Sea coast now has about 10,800 residents and was first mentioned in historical documents in 1271. Nearby are the well-known spas of Timmendorfer Beach and Travemünde.

Worth seeing in Scharbeutz
On the pier, active vacationers find a water-skiing facility that is one of the biggest attractions in town. Likewise available are sailing and surfing schools. The old watermill in Schulendorf and the Garkau farm in Klingberg are impressive historical monuments. In the summertime, the Beach Club Cinema and the Dunes mini-golf course are popular diversions. Not far from the town, one can see ancient Slavic grave mounds. Something unique is located right on Scharbeutz beach. The simply designed beach church with direct access to the Baltic Sea is a beloved meeting point for vacationers, and in the summer months functions as a concert hall or exhibition venue.

Baltic Sea - Schlei© Thomas Winkels / Travanto

Schlei

The Schlei is an narrow inlet of the Baltic Sea that stretches over a distance of ca. 30 kilometers between the city of Schleswig and the Baltic Sea near Kappeln. Near the Schlei, one can spend especially peaceful vacation days. The untouched natural landscape is used for a variety of activities. Hobby sea captains can acquaint themselves with the Schlei by water. As well, hikes, cycling tours or horseback-riding are very popular by the Schlei. Farm-stays are an experience especially for children. Anyone who plans a bicycle excursion gets his money’s worth on the Viking-Frisian Cycling path. With the Angelner Museum Railroad, vacationers can comfortably reach the pleasant Schlei villages. They travel past attractive thatched-roof houses on the way to Güby, where Castle Louisenlund gladly opens its gates to visitors.

Worth seeing near the Schlei
A must for all history buffs is the Viking Museum of Haithabu near the city of Schleswig. Here in many of the most important historical buildings in Schleswig-Holstein the culture of the Nordic peoples is made understandable. One can thereby also visit with the Thingstead in Stoltebüll (recreated prehistoric stone circle and monumental site) and learn more about Germanic ancestors. Just as worthwhile is a tour of the St. Peter’s Cathedral of Schleswig, which was already built in the 12th century. Observe here the elaborate paintings and the Marcussen organ, with traditional mechanical action. In Kappeln there is the Dutch windmill, Amanda, from whose gallery one has a magnificent view of the city. In Kappeln a visit to the Schlei Museum is also a rewarding possibility to learn more about the region. At the Oestergaard farm near Steinberg there are hands-on opportunities. Many visitors have already lost their way in the vast maize labyrinth. At the adjacent Kulturscheune (culture barn), one will never be bored, with its numerous festivals, markets and events.

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Baltic Sea - Timmendorfer Strand© Herbert Gontek / Travanto

Timmendorfer Strand

Timmendorfer Strand looks back on more than a century-long bathing tradition. The sea resort in Ostholstein has 9,000 residents and is known for its extensive recreational offerings. It was first documented in 1260. On the eight-kilometer long beach, many different water sports are offered. The town landscape is marked by Gründerzeit villas (dating from the period of German industrialization in the 19th century). The town of Niendorf enjoys recognition as a seashore spa.

Sights to see on Timmendorf beach
Timmendorf beach has many sights that can be visited during a vacation. What's about a visit, e.g., to the Sea Life Underwater Aquarium? Here you can observe numerous sea creatures, from carp, rays, and sharks to lively sea otters. If the weather does not cooperate, one need not give up on swimming. In the seawater indoor swimming pool, one can also take part in aqua fitness courses. When the sun shines, one can visit the Niendorf quarter of town with its tranquil harbors that attract many visitors to its fine restaurants. Nearby in the Niendorf ornithological park one observes both native and exotic birds. The pump room was established in the 1930s. In the Old Spa Park, there is an open-air stage, and vacationers can prove their skill and talent for playing mini-golf.

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Baltic Sea - Travemünde© Regina Neun oder Frau Schneider / Travanto

Travemünde

The Travemünde spa is located on the Bay of Lübeck, about twenty kilometers north of Lübeck’s city center. It is known above all through Thomas Mann’s famous novel Buddenbrooks. The town was already founded in 1187 and can call itself a spa since 1802. Today about 13,000 residents live in the popular vacation spot.

Worth seeing in Travemünde
Viewing the buildings around the St. Lorenz parish church, which was built in the 16th century, vacationers can get a sense of the former town core. Regarded as a modern landmark of Travemünde is the Maritim hotel, a skyscraper from whose roof terrace one has an impressive view. The beach promenade of Travemünde is well-visited in every season. At the harbor entrance, the Old Lighthouse is an attention-getter. East of this begins the Priwall, a land spit located across from Travermünde, with a bathing beach. The Scandinavia Quay represents Travemünde’s door to the world and is regarded as Europe’s largest ferry harbor. One can hike to the Brodtener Steilufer. A striking feature is the clock tower on the train station Travemünde Strand which is visible as far as the beach and shows the next departure for Lübeck.