Island-Hopping: Off to the Baltic Sea
The Baltic Sea is a 412.500 km2 large and up to 459m deep inland sea, enclosed by Scandinavia, Finland and the north of Europe. Depending on where one draws the boundaries, between 50 to 85 million people inhabit the area. The large islands belonging to Germany are Fehmarn, Rügen and Usedom.
The southern part of the Baltic Sea is located in a temperate climate zone, where in Germany conditions are relatively maritime. The seasonal travel period is from June to August, although trips to the baltic sea have nice aspects all year-round. From wellness, biking, cultural tourism to island-hopping: the Baltic Sea offers everything.
The island Femarn lies below the Holstein peninsula of Wagrien, by the Lübeck Bay, and is connected to the mainland via the Fehmarnsund-bride as part of the Puttgarden-Rødby route between Germany and Denmark.
Rügen, the largest of the german isles, is connected to the mainland at Stralsund by the Rügen-damm and the Rügen-bridge. Rügen also has some offshore islands, of which Hiddensee is the most well-known.
Usedom, whose easternmost belongs to Poland, is known for many beautiful lakes on the peninsula.
Furthermore, large, marine, annual events such as the “Kieler Week” or “Hanse Sail” each attract millions of tourists.
These are some attractions you simply cannot miss:
Germany's largest aquarium: aquatic centre Fehmarn
4 million liters of water on 5000m2 makes the aquatic centre Fehmarn a superlative aquarium. This is nature at its best. Just like in the ocean, the colourful coral fish live in real coral gardens.
The oldest train steam ferry, a technical museum since 1997, was build at the Schichau shipyard and put into service in 1980.
Weidefeld beach near Kappeln
If you are nature lover, the peaceful Weidefeld beach is the place for you. Here, the waters of the Schlei flow into the Baltic.
Prerow is the ideal place for those, who, besides the beach and sun, also love shopping and restaurants.
Baltic resort Rostock-Warnemünde
Annually more than 100 cruise ships dock here. The 150m wide beach and 2 promenades are the gathering place for day-trippers from Hamburg and Berlin.
Usedom is renowned for its glamorous “Kaiserbäder”, the seaside spa towns. One of them is Heringsdorf, famous for its impressive pier extending far into the sea. The 15km long beach has particularly fine sand.