Tour the Baltic Coast in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Germany’s northeastern state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania attracts thousands of tourists each year thanks to its prime location on the Baltic Coast.
Besides relaxing on the beach, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania has many historic universities, medieval buildings, and nature reserves worth checking out.
Renting a holiday home in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is the best way to get the most out of your tour of the region.
As mentioned above, the main reason people visit Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Meck-Pomm) is to take advantage of the region’s Baltic Coast beach resorts. The most popular tourist island is Rügen, which has been a major holiday destination for at least two centuries. In particular, Rügen’s coastal town of Binz is celebrated its fine architecture, old railway, and sandy beaches.
Other significant destinations on Rügen include the UNESCO-recognized Jasmund National Park, the nearby town of Sassnitz, and the world’s largest (uncompleted) hotel in Prora.
Another tourist-friendly city along the Baltic Coast is Wismar. UNESCO recently gave Wismar “World Heritage Status” thanks in large part to the many well-preserved brick buildings in the city. The most famous of these structures is the St. Nikolai Gothic Church, which was initially constructed in the 14th century.
A few other churches well-worth a visit include Heiligen-Geist-Kirche and St. Georgen. Wismar is also home to a 17th century well, a medieval city gate, and the hi-tech phanTECHNIKUM museum.
Tourists in Meck-Pomm should definitely schedule a few days visiting the university towns of Rostock and Greifswald. The universities in both of these cities were established before 1460, which makes them some of the oldest academic institutions in the Western world.
Rostock is the older and larger of the two and is also one of the easiest places in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania to catch a Baltic Sea ferry. While in Rostock, be sure to explore St. Peter’s Church, the Warnemünde Lighthouse, St. Mary’s Church, and Warnemünde beach.
Although Greifswald isn’t as big as Rostock, it hosts dozens of lively festivals throughout the year. No matter what time you visit, there’s sure to be something exciting going on in this old town. A few of the most popular Greifswald festivals include the Bach Festival in May and June, the Eldenaer Jazz Evening in July, and the Festival of Polish Culture in November.
Mecklenburg-West Pomerania´s capital city of Schwerin is another important stop on a tour of this region. The most popular attraction in this city is the awe-inspiring Schwerin Castle on Schwerin Lake. Visitors who make the climb to the top of Schwerin Castle are rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Although the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria is the most famous in Germany, many tourists believe Schwerin Castle is just as beautiful. Other popular attractions in Schwerin include the city’s TV Tower/Observation Deck and its International Fire Brigade Museum.