Baltic Sea Cities – Hanseatic Towns and Baltic Sea Resorts
On our trips to the Baltic Sea, we discovered how fascinating Baltic Sea resorts and Hanseatic cities are. The seaside resorts invite you to a holiday by the sea. Many of them are attached Baltic Sea beachesthat are worth a visit. Some of the Baltic Sea cities are known for their resort architecture. This includes Binz, Kuehlungsborn, the seaside resorts at darss or the Baltic Sea resorts Usedom. Others attract visitors because they offer special experiences. The flight of cranes in spring and Autumn is one of those events that attract visitors to Zingst. Hanseatic cities on the Baltic Sea fascinate their visitors with their history. In Stralsund you can feel like the tradesmen who set out from there on their trading trips once upon a time.
What does a German Hanseatic city on the Baltic Sea offer?
When you think of the Baltic Sea, you probably also think of the Hanseatic cities, don't you? A German Hanseatic city on the Baltic Sea is a city that was a member of the Hanseatic League and is located on the coast of the Baltic Sea. These cities are known both for their rich history and for their picturesque old towns characterized by old buildings and narrow streets. Many of them are still important trading centers and popular travel destinations today. So if you are looking for a place where you can experience the past and enjoy beach life at the same time, then the Hanseatic cities on the Baltic Sea are definitely worth a visit!
Hanseatic cities and seaside resorts are definitely exciting travel destinations. That's why we asked travel bloggers about their favorite cities on the Baltic Sea. Here we present them. They are also good for a road trip. For example, you can start in the first city and look at each one in turn.
Ostseebad Bansin: one of the Baltic Sea resorts on Usedom
Beach life, cliffs and forest idyll: This is the combination that always makes me want to take a break Baltic Sea resort of Bansin pulls. The smallest of the three seaside resorts is in the southern part of Usedom. It can be easily reached by car from Berlin in just under three hours. If you arrive by train, take the express train connection to Züssow. From there it continues with the bathing railway.
For me, one of the highlights in Bansin is the pier, which offers a panoramic view. If you like, you can start there for a trip by ship across the Baltic Sea. An alternative is to stroll along the promenade to the Kaiserbad Heringsdorf and on to Ahlbeck. A tour of the town with its villas in spa architecture should not be missed either.
If you prefer to hike or explore the area on a bike tour, Bansin is the ideal starting point for extended – or even shorter – tours. But be careful: On trips north, Usedom turns out to be surprisingly hilly. It is more comfortable on the way to the south, on which you can cycle relaxed to Świnoujście in Poland.
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Hanseatic City of Stralsund – German Hanseatic City on the Baltic Sea
Stralsund is one of the Hanseatic cities on the Baltic Sea. For us it was on the route on several trips to the Baltic Sea resorts on Rügen, because in front of Stralsund a bridge leads over to the island. However, it took several attempts before we looked at the city. A visit to Stralsund is like a journey back into the history of the Hanseatic League. Do you stay in Hotel Scheelehof, you feel like you are in a trading office. From there you can see the old town with its brick buildings on foot. Because of its well-preserved brick architecture, the city, together with Wismar, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Worth seeing are the town hall, three churches and the five monasteries, which are now used as apartments, museums or cultural institutions. The waterfront promenade is also not far from this hotel.
The city's museums are also worth seeing. The German Maritime Museum in the Katharinenkloster is the most visited museum in northern Germany. There is also the Stralsund Museum, which deals with the history of Pomerania and the city. This includes the Ozeaneum in the port area of Stralsund.
A visit to Stralsund can easily be combined with a trip to Rügen. You should plan several days for this. The city offers a lot that is worth exploring.
Ostseebad Binz – one of the famous Baltic Sea cities
The Baltic Sea resort of Binz is one of the most famous Baltic Sea cities. With its resort architecture, it is reminiscent of the time when the first guests traveled to the sea for summer vacation. Nothing has changed to this day. Binz is popular with holidaymakers who like to stroll along the waterfront. On the way you can stop at cafes and restaurants and watch the walkers. Beach chairs also await guests on the beach. Or dig your toes in the sand and walk along the beach.
Even if you don't stay overnight in Binz's Kurhaus, it's still worth a visit. When the weather is nice you can sit on the terrace Kurhaus cake Enjoy with a cup of tea and the view of the Binz pier. The Granitz hunting lodge and the Rügen natural heritage center are also worth seeing. You will pass the “Colossus of Prora” on arrival anyway. Everyone has to decide for themselves whether the former "Kraft durch Freude" facility of the Nazis is worth a visit. We found it very depressing and just drove past it.
The place is aware of its tradition as a Baltic Sea resort. He celebrates this in numerous events that take place throughout the year. If you visit the place and no event is being offered at the moment, then it is worth taking part in a guided tour of the city. You will learn a lot about the spa architecture and the history of the city.
One of the Baltic Sea resorts on Rügen: Sellin
On Ruegen Island there are many seaside resorts. One of them particularly enchanted us. Sellin with its pier. This is the highlight of the city. The pier of today may have only been here since 1998, but its appearance is inspired by its early 20th-century predecessors. Including the restaurant that is reminiscent of a castle. A sight to behold, especially from the stairs leading down to the beach. At the end of the bridge there is even another attraction of the Baltic Sea resort. A diving gondola that takes you four meters under water!
Of course, the Baltic Sea resort has even more sights to offer. Here you will also find villas of romantic resort architecture. Namely along the Wilhelmstraße, which begins directly at the pier.
If you keep right before the pier, you will also come to a great hiking trail. On this you can hike along the high shore along the cliffs. to the south beach.
And the journey to the Baltic Sea resort of Sellin is also an experience. You can of course just use the car. Much nicer, however, is the journey with the Rasender Roland. The steam locomotive is even one of the sights of Rügen. You can drive directly to Sellin from the Baltic Sea resorts of Binz, Baabe or Göhren.
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Warnemünde - one of the Baltic Sea resorts near Rostock
That Warnemunde is actually "only" a district of the Hanseatic city of Rostock, the people of Warnemünde don't like to hear it - I learned that early on, because one of my best friends was born and grew up there and I was able to get to know the Baltic Sea resort through her eyes as a local. In fact, Warnemünde is a little world of its own, which in my opinion has its own special charm, especially outside of the main season: from the long sandy beach to a spectacular cliff to the coastal forest.
A must on every visit to Warnemünde is a stroll along the Alter Strom with its many restaurants, cafés and the picturesque fishing port. What you definitely shouldn't miss is eating a fish roll at Backfisch Udo on the pier - but watch out, the cheeky seagulls also like the snack very much and are clever fish roll thieves. If you prefer it sweeter, then there are the tastiest ice cream creations of the "Eisdiele" directly opposite, known among insiders as Eis-Horst. And another insider tip: Hoppen un Molt sells real Warnemünde craft beer in their brewery shop on Alexandrinenstrasse. A stroll along the street with the picturesque captain's houses is also worthwhile for non-beer drinkers.
Annual event highlights are the two maritime events Warnemünde Week in July and the Hanse-Sail in August - experience has shown that it is not easy to find affordable accommodation at this time.
A landmark of Warnemünde is the beacon on the west pier - this is also the most beautiful place to admire the sunset in Warnemünde.
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Hanseatic city of Rostock - former Hanseatic city on the Baltic Sea
The Hanseatic city of Rostock is ideal for combining a city trip with a beach holiday on the Baltic Sea. The city on the Warnow is characterized by important monuments from the time of free trade with the Hanseatic League. Thus, some important buildings of the brick Gothic style can be visited in the city center. The Rostock town hall on the Neuer Markt is particularly noteworthy. It is one of the oldest secular buildings in brick look in the entire Baltic Sea region. My personal historical highlight of the city is in the St. Marien Church, not far from the town hall. The astronomical clock from 1472 is the only one of its kind in the world and actually still runs with almost all of the original parts.
I particularly liked in Rostock liked the atmosphere. It is not shaped too much by tourism due to the proximity of the Baltic Sea and the popular Baltic Sea beaches, but rather by the university and its 14.000 students. In order to experience this balancing act as a visitor, we recommend a trip from Rostock city center via the Warnow to the popular district of Warnemünde. Along the shore, Rostock shows its industrial culture, which is mainly in shipbuilding. These include major shipyards; the Maritime Museum can also be seen from the deck of the excursion boat.
The Hanseatic city of Rostock can be easily reached by train. The main station is close to the center. The beautiful Hanseatic city can also be easily reached by car from the A20 Baltic Sea motorway. If you are coming from the A19, drive through the Warnow tunnel under the Warnow to get to the old town and the popular Rostock district of Warnemünde.
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Kuehlungsborn - one of the Baltic Sea resorts
The Baltic Sea resort of Kühlungsborn, on the other hand, is more comfortable. It lies on the Mecklenburg Bay about 25 kilometers west of Rostock. We liked the place a lot, precisely because it lacks the chic-hi of Binz. Kuehlungsborn is personable. Here you can walk along the six kilometer long sandy beach. There is a waterfront promenade that runs in both directions from the pier. At the marina you can watch the recreational sailors maneuvering their boats out to sea. Trusting seagulls are waiting along the pier for some food to be thrown at them. The city forest stretches behind the villas of resort architecture, where you can take long walks.
We were particularly impressed by the beach in the Baltic Sea resort Kuehlungsborn with its groynes that stretch out into the Baltic Sea. They should prevent the sea from washing away the sand.
A trip on the narrow-gauge steam train "Molli" is worth a trip. This will take you to Bad Doberan or Heiligendamm. One of the last Baltic Sea border towers from GDR times is located near the pier. You can climb this. The windmill in the Brunshaupten district from 1791 is also worth seeing.
Hanseatic city of Wismar, one of the Baltic Sea cities
Wismar at the Baltic coast in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania is worth a trip. My visit was to research my motorhome travel guide for Northern Germany. The Hanseatic city has one of the city centers from the Middle Ages in Germany. This is in good condition. You can see churches, a marketplace, town houses and the old port, which enchants visitors. Seafaring and fishing are present here. A selection of restaurants and pubs allows for relaxing hours by the water.
Wismar is well connected by car via the A20 motorway, which almost passes by. There are multi-storey car parks right in the center. RV drivers like to stay at the RV site at the Old Port. This is therefore always well occupied. Other visitors come by train or ship.
The city of Wismar
The city complex from the heyday of the Hanseatic League is part of the UNESCO World Heritage together with the city center of Stralsund. Visitors will find evidence of the Swedes who occupied Wismar after the Thirty Years' War and stayed for many years. The silhouette of the city is dominated by three medieval brick churches. You should definitely visit this one. From the viewing platform of St. Georg there is a view over the old town to the harbour. It goes up by elevator. Only the tower remains of the Marienkirche. The Nikolaikirche, on the other hand, is still very well preserved. It is located next to the Fresh Pit, one of the city's watercourses. The visit inside is worthwhile. If you stroll through the market square with its cobblestones and in the alleys, you will encounter buildings of all styles and epochs at every turn.
On the east side is the "Old Swede". It was built in the 14th century and is one of the oldest buildings in Wismar. The city's landmark is opposite in the south-east area of the market. The "water art", a fountain, served as a fountain house for the city's drinking water supply until 1897. Incidentally, there is also a brewing tradition in Wismar. In the 15th century there are said to have been 183 breweries and 150 hop gardens here. The beer was exported as far as India. Especially in the vicinity of the old port you can try beer from Wismar.
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Hanseatic city and Baltic Sea resort of Travemünde
Less than 40 years after it was founded in 1187, Lübeck was granted the right to Travemünde. Since then, the place has belonged to the Hanseatic city. Since 1802, Travemünde has been the second city on the Baltic Sea to be awarded the title of “seaside resort”. At least since then, the stretch of land at the mouth of the Trave has been a popular travel destination.
The highlights among the Travemuende sights are the four-masted barque “Passat”, the oldest lighthouse in Germany and of course the beach and the sea.
During my stay in Travemünde, my highlight was the Seebadmuseum, which is run by the Heimatverein on a voluntary basis. It is not only worth a visit in rainy weather if you are interested in Travemünde, shipping and the natural landscape of the Baltic Sea.
Travemünde can be easily reached by car via the A1 until shortly after Lübeck. The train station allows you to travel by train: with the ICE to Lübeck and from there with the regional train within about 20 minutes to Travemünde train station.
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Grömitz - A Baltic Sea resort that is very popular
Grömitz is a seaside resort on the Baltic Sea coast of Germany (Lübeck Bay) and one of the most popular Baltic Sea resorts in Germany. the City of Grömitz has about 10.000 inhabitants and is best known for its beaches, leisure facilities and surroundings.
The history of the city dates back to the 12th century. The city already had a port around 1400 and traded with the ports on the Trave. However, this silted up in the 17th century and it was not until the late 1960s that a marina was built. Grömitz received its city rights in the 15th century. Grömitz has been a seaside resort since 1813, making it one of the oldest on the Baltic Sea.
Grömitz is a small town that offers many activities for tourists. The city is perfect for sports enthusiasts and those just looking for a moment of relaxation or planning a family vacation.
Sights in and around Grömitz include the pier (at just under 400 meters one of the longest in Germany), the diving gondola from 2009 at the end of the pier, the 13th-century St. Nicolai church and the Zoo Arche Noah, the amusement park Hansa Park and the monastery village of Cismar.
We like the beach, which borders directly on the beach promenade and offers highlights for the family as well as for all other things. Here you will find fish stalls, restaurants and shops that invite you to browse.
The Baltic Sea resort of Grömitz is also very easy to reach by car or train via Lübeck.
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Conclusion: Baltic Sea resorts and Hanseatic cities are worth a trip
Baltic Sea cities fascinate with their history as Hanseatic cities as well as Baltic Sea resorts. While the presence of the Hanseatic League can still be felt in some, in the others you feel transported back to the time of the summer resort. The type of holiday has hardly changed in the Baltic Sea resorts to this day. You can still enjoy walks along the waterfront or swimming in the Baltic Sea. The Hanseatic cities also attract visitors with their brick architecture and the trading posts left behind by the Hanseatic merchants. A visit to the museums dealing with the history of the region shows how much the Hanseatic League shaped the face of the Baltic Sea.
Questions and answers about the Baltic Sea resorts and Hanseatic cities
Which seaside resorts are best suited for families with children?
There are many child-friendly seaside resorts such as Timmendorfer Strand or Boltenhagen, which offer flat beaches and lots of activities for children.
Which Hanseatic city is best suited for culture lovers?
Lübeck is a great place for culture lovers as it has many museums and historic buildings including the Holstentor, Buddenbrookhaus and Marienkirche.
Can you also go on holiday in the Baltic Sea resorts in winter?
Yes, many seaside resorts also offer winter activities such as ice skating, wellness and wintry walks on the beach.
What is special about the Hanseatic cities on the Baltic Sea compared to other German cities?
The Hanseatic cities have a unique history and are known for their well-preserved old towns and buildings from bygone times. They also have a special relationship with the sea and trade, which is reflected in their culture and architecture.
Which Baltic Sea resort is particularly suitable for water sports such as surfing or kite surfing?
Due to its wind conditions, the Baltic Sea resort of Warnemünde near Rostock is a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts and offers the best conditions for surfing and kite surfing.
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Travel guide for the Baltic Sea resorts and Hanseatic cities:
Are you traveling to the Baltic Sea resorts and Hanseatic cities in a motorhome?
- Do you want to rent a mobile home? Then you will find information and a selection of booking options here. Rent a motorhome or a camper near you here. Or would you prefer to stay overnight in a roof tent on the car? The overnight stay in camping tents is also possible.
- Be sure to check our packing list for campers to see whether you have packed everything for your motorhome tour.
- Where you spend the night in Germany with a mobile home you can also find out here. At some campsites, after a day trip, you can easily stay in a Dutch Oven or on the Grill or on campfire . You can also find Dutch oven accessories you can also find here.
- Motorhome accessories you can also find it here. Forget yours too backpack not, because there are beautiful hiking trails in the vicinity of the Baltic Sea resorts.
- Why is a folding e-bike useful when camping?
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Photos Baltic Sea cities, seaside resorts and Hanseatic cities: Copyright Monika Fuchs and the travel blogger
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