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Travel to Usedom - not just because of the music

Travel to Usedom for the piano on the beach - discover the sights of Usedom in one of the imperial baths
Piano on the beach - travel to Usedom for music and to discover Usedom sights in one of the imperial baths

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Three days road trip with music to the sights of Usedom

Traveling to Usedom - most do this to the Baltic Sea to experience. Let the wind blow around your nose. Watch the waves come to rest on the beach. Discover Usedom sights. Read a good book in the beach chair. Or admire the spa architecture on the promenade in one of the Usedom Imperial Spas. These are common motifs for a trip to Usedom. We like that too. Our Travel to Rügen and Kuehlungsborn prove that. But this time we do it differently. We are attracted by the invitation to Usedom Music Festival to the Baltic Sea island. We want the island of Usedom in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on a Enjoyment trip get to know for all senses. Our trip through Usedom is one Enjoyment trip ultimate.

Spend the night in one of the Usedom Imperial Spas

These places are ideal starting points for exploring the island of Usedom. They also offer good accommodation for every budget.



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Travel to Usedom for the Usedom Music Festival

From September to mid-October the Usedom Music Festival takes place. We are on site for three days. It is exciting that the concerts take place in places that allow us to get to know the island. We use the festival program as a guide to the island villages. The path leads us back and forth across the island. Follow us on our road trip through the island.

  • Opening concert in Peenemünde

The venue of the opening concert seems strange at first. It is the Historisch-Technische Museum Peenemünde. There, Wernher von Braun had tested his rockets during the Second World War. After the war, the Americans brought him to the United States. With his knowledge from Peenemünde von Braun finally built up the space program of NASA. The building is reminiscent of annihilation and war during the Nazi era. Today it is a museum and is used for events.

Museum Peenemünde - one of the Usedom sights
Museum Peenemünde - travel to Usedom - one of the Usedom sights

This year the Baltic Sea Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Kristjan Järvi, opens the festival. The orchestra unites young musicians from the countries bordering the Baltic Sea. These meet several times a year to study a program. Her topic this year: "Nordic Pulse". Järvi, who comes from a family of musicians from Estonia, answers the question of what he thinks about this place: “There is hardly a better place where the Baltic Sea Orchestra can perform. The orchestra stands for international understanding. Where does it come into play better than in a place like this. "

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What follows is a firework of music with pieces of modern classical music from the Baltic States. Among them is the piece Aurora by Kristjan Järvi. It is particularly impressive that the orchestra plays the pieces of music from memory in half of the concert. Among them "The Storm" by Sibelius. Is rousing Imants Kanins Rock Symphony No 4. In June, the orchestra played 2018 in a flash mob in Lucerne, Switzerland. By clicking on this link you can listen to the music in full length.

Museum Peenemünde
In the power plant
17449 Peenemünde

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  • Do you want to rent a motorhome? Then you will find information and a selection here Booking options. Rent a motorhome or a camper near you here *.
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  • There are many campsites on Usedom. One is, for example Stubbenfelde campsite.
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Villa Irmgard - one of the Usedom sights Imperial baths
Villa Irmgard - travel to Usedom and discover one of the Usedom sights in one of the imperial baths

  • Villa Irmgard in Usedom Heringsdorf

The second day of our Usedom round trip begins in the Villa Irmgard in one of the imperial baths. The villa is an example of spa architecture. The most famous guest so far is Maxim Gorki. He spent 1922 months in the villa. He recovered from his tuberculosis here. Among his visitors were Tolstoy and the opera singer Shalyapin.

The villa is now a museum. We are here for the opening of the photo exhibition "25 Years of the Usedom Music Festival".

Villa Irmgard
Maxim Gorky Street 13
17424 Heringsdorf

Villa Irmgard - one of the Usedom sights in one of the imperial baths
Villa Irmgard - Travel to Usedom to experience culture and see one of the Usedom sights in one of the imperial baths

  • St. John's Church in Liepe

In the afternoon we continue our Usedom trip through the island and the Imperial Baths and drive to Liepe. This village is on a peninsula in the backwaters. This is the name of the bay that the Peenestrom created on the south side of Usedom. Liepe has one of the oldest churches in Usedom. It goes back to the Pomeranian Duchess Anastasia. This bequeathed the town of Liepe and its surroundings to the Premonstratensian order in 1187. It was also the monks who cleared the region's forests and drained the swamp. Nevertheless, the Lieper Winkel was spared from external influences. Until the end of the 19th century, the residents could only reach the mainland by boat.

The St. John's Church is mentioned as one of the first churches of the island in written records. Inside there are late medieval paintings. The churchyard houses works by modern artists. We are here to hear Hanzhi Wang. She is a virtuoso on the accordion and took 2017 at the Young Concert Artists competition in New York. It shows us how variable an accordion can sound with its furious virtuosity.

Ev. St. John's Church
Liepe
Triftstraße
17406 Liepe

  • Natural harbor and St. Michaelis church in Krummin

Our tour through Usedom continues to the natural harbor Krummin. The path leads around the backwaters. Traveling to Usedom means that on the island you will come across lakes, ponds, rivers or bays, which make longer journeys necessary. Although Liepe and Krummin are only a few miles away, the ride around the backwater takes three quarters of an hour. Bridges are rare on Usedom. At the picturesque natural harbor Krummin we have dinner in the snack bar of the marina. The view of the boats in the harbor makes up for the Pulled Pork Burger drowned in spicy BBQ ready-made sauce.

In the evening it gets fast fresh at the harbor. In addition, rain clouds are rising. Therefore, we are glad that the St. Michaelis Church of Krummin is only a few steps away from the harbor. There we hear the last concert of the day. This time, eighteen-year-old Soo-Been Lee shows her dexterity on the violin. She won 2016 the Young Concert Artists Competition in New York.

Ev. St. Michael's Church,
Krummin
Village street
17440 Krummin

  • Organ music in Usedom village churches

The morning of our third day in Usedom is devoted to organ music. The Rostock organist Benjamin Jäger shows his skills based on works by Gade, Sjögren, Lindberg, Bach, Buxtehude, Führer and Dubois in the village churches of Ahlbeck, Koserow, Usedom city and Liepe. Jäger discovered the church music in the Warnemünde Kantorei. 2016 made his hobby a profession and has been a church musician ever since.

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Village green in Koserow - one of the Usedom sights
Village green in Koserow - one of the Usedom sights

  • Moated castle Mellenthin

After so much music and culture, a hearty, good lunch awaits us in the Mellenthin moated castle. The kitchen serves us a strong potato soup and a cold platter of homemade bread. Hearty home-style cooking like we do culinary trips to like. We try the beer specialties from the castle's own brewery. The Mellenthin moated castle is a good destination for connoisseurs. It also boasts a waffle bakery.

The moated castle dates from the year 1575 and lies in the center of the island. If you are looking for peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the imperial baths will find this on the castle grounds. The castle is located in the middle of the nature park Insel Usedom. Hiking and cycling trails start in the immediate vicinity of the castle. Since you can stay here, this is a real insider tip for connoisseurs and slow travelers. Only time should be brought to discover everything this castle offers. However, we continue to our next destination on this day.



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  • Castle Stolpe

Schloss Stolpe is only a few kilometers from Mellenthin. Good Stolpe was with a short break since the 13. Century in the possession of the counts of Schwerin. Count Friedrich von Schwerin converted the mansion to the castle. He fulfilled the wish of his wife Freda. The count died early, whereupon his wife led the fortunes of the estate. She was especially committed to the people of the area. After the land reform 1945 she had to leave the castle and spent the rest of her life in Lüneburg. Only after her death did she return to Stolpe. She had decreed in her will to be buried here next to her husband. Much to the displeasure of the former SED district administration, who even wanted to send their coffin back to Lüneburg. The employees of the castle, the estate workers and the pastor of the place prevented this and put Freda von Schwerin at the desired location.

In the meantime Schloss Stolpe belongs to the municipality. This has restored the castle, which had expired in GDR times. There is a restaurant in the coach house. Apartments have been built in the outbuildings. Schloss Stolpe itself is open to visitors and offers guided tours for groups.

Castle Stolpe
At the castle 9
17406 trip on Usedom



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  • Flying visit in Świnoujście, Poland

Since the island Usedom consists of a German and a Polish part, we use this and make a trip to the Polish Świnoujście. As the name suggests, this city was also German until the Second World War. However, after the war it fell to Poland due to the disappearance of the German eastern regions. Traveling to Usedom with a detour to the Polish side was one of the reasons we made this trip. We have never been to Poland and take the opportunity to get a brief impression.

Świnoujście is a port city. From here, ferries leave for Sweden and the Baltic Sea. So you can drive from Świnoujście directly to Trelleborg or to Wallander's Ystad in Sweden. The ferries land in Swina, the river that flows through Świnoujście. Worth seeing is the beach of Świnoujście, the lighthouse, which stands at the end of the breakwater in front of the city. The park Zdrojowy invites to walks.

The Swinoujscie promenade

Worth a visit is the Swinemünde promenade, along which a newly built apartment house on the other lines. This is the most modern part of the city. Here are the most attractive hotels in the city, including the new one Five Star Hotel Radisson Blu Resort Swinoujscie *, We noticed the large price differences between the restaurants in the German and Polish part Usedom. Dishes for which German customers pay between 10 and 20 Euro cost between 6 and 8 Euro in the restaurants on the promenade in Świnoujście. They praise their food as extra large portions. How they taste, we could not test during our flying visit. The restaurants and pubs along the promenade of Świnoujście are definitely popular. Despite threatening rain, there was a lot of activity along the promenade.

Prices in Swinoujscie restaurants
Prices in Swinoujscie restaurants



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It is just under four kilometers from Swinemünde's promenade to the German border. Before we go back to our hotel in Heringsdorf, we make a detour to the promenade and pier of Ahlbeck. Ahlbeck is one of the three imperial baths on Usedom. This is the name of the three seaside resorts that attracted the nobility of Berlin, writers and actors in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Kaiser Wilhelm II was also a frequent guest in these places. This is how they got their name. Since 2005 the three imperial baths Bansin, Heringsdorf and Ahlbeck have joined together to form the municipality of Dreikaiserbäder and belong to Heringsdorf.

That has to be in the suitcase if you want to travel to Usedom

  • Comfortable walking boots, because Usedom offers many opportunities for hiking
  • A backpackwhere you can put all the utensils for a day
  • If you are planning a hike, you can go to our Hiking checklist check what things need to be in the suitcase.
  • The Binoculars*that you can use to keep an eye out for ships
  • A Camera* for the numerous photo motifs that the Usedom sights and imperial baths offer. We recommend that Nikon D3500 *because it delivers great photos and is light. You can also send your photos to your mobile phone via SnapBridge and share them with your friends.
  • You need one for the beach swimsuit* or a swimming trunks*, On Beach towel* also belongs in the Beach bag *.
  • If you want to go on long beach walks, there are also Beach shoes * practically.

The promenade stretches from Bansin via Heringsdorf and Ahlbeck to Swinemünde. With its twelve kilometers in length, it is the longest beach promenade in Europe. The beach is also impressive. It extends from here to Peenemünde and thus also offers secluded places for those looking for peace away from the hustle and bustle.


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Back in our hotel, the Beach villas in Heringsdorf *At the end of our three-day musical tour of Usedom, we will have dinner with Pomeranian home-style cooking. While Petar eats a light zander fillet with mashed potatoes and vegetables, I choose Kassler on bacon beans with fried potatoes. The restaurant of the beach villas is listed in the Schlemmeratlas of the island of Usedom. Rightly, as we find.

If you want to travel to Usedom yourself, notice these dates for 2020

  • Festive special concert with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic conducted by Kristjan Järvi
    • September 12, 2020, 20.00 p.m. in the power station of the Museum Peenemünde
  • Usedom music festival
    • 19. September to 10. October 2020

The program and concert tickets can be found on the Website of the Usedom Music Festival.

Do you like to travel to music festivals or to cities where music plays a special role?


Travel Arrangements:

Getting there

The journey is possible by plane (airport in Heringsdorf), train, bus and car. There are several bridges that connect the island to the mainland. They have different opening times for the shipping traffic.

Cars:

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Accommodation:

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By the way: Further suggestions for Vacation in Germany by car here.

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Source: own on-site research for "Travel to Usedom" by Usedom Tourism. Our opinion in "Travel to Usedom" remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline


Responses

  1. Claudia
    | Reply

    Dear Monika,
    what a nice way to discover Usedom. In any case, music is always associated with very special moments anyway. For example, we have always heard a very specific song in campervan in Australia. If this is on the radio now, I will immediately be moved back down under. Sure, this may not be comparable to classical music, but it remains a beautiful memory and is a very special way to discover a place. I have to mark the dates for next year ...
    Regards
    Claudia

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Liebe Claudia,

      we heard the Rock Symphony on Usedom for the first time. This is certainly a piece that we connect permanently with Usedom.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  2. Alex
    | Reply

    Dear Monika & Peter,
    the wing on the beach is really cult! Everything looks so nice and quiet. Perfect for a few days to relax. If you can still enjoy music, that's enough to be happy.
    Best regards,

    Alex

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Dear Alex,

      The wing on the beach expresses perfectly what our trip to Usedom was about: the island, the Baltic Sea and the music. That was a very special road trip.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  3. Ines
    | Reply

    Dear Monika, dear Petar!
    That sounds great. The photo with the piano on the beach looks so great. We have not heard about the festival yet, until now. Usedom is certainly super nice and idyllic!
    Best regards,
    Ines

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Dear Ines,

      that's it. An extraordinary way to get to know a region. We had a lot of fun.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  4. Oh, wonderful!
    I've never been to Usedom, have been to islands here only Spiekeroog seen
    That sounds like a fantastic stay. I also like traveling through Germany for music. Was only last and penultimate week in Cologne and Dresden for two concerts. Am this week in Hamburg, coming in Dortmund and again Hamburg. :)

    Greetings from Oldenburg,
    Michelle

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Dear Michelle,

      on this trip, we really hit two birds with one stone. We met the island of Usedom on the way to the concert venues (mostly churches in picturesque villages). At the same time, it was three days of music enjoyment that stretched throughout the journey. We are thrilled with this way of traveling.

      Best regards,
      Monika

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