Baltic Sea Coast
The Baltic Sea Coast developed into one of the today's most popular holiday regions from the 19th century onwards. It is especially famous for its long bathing beaches between the island of Usedom and the city of Kiel. The Baltic Sea spas on Rügen and Usedom as well as the city Kühlungsborn have already been very popular in upper-class circles in the 19th century. Evidence of this can in particular be found in the mansions built in the spa style of the turn-of-the-century. Besides beaches and sea spas the region is famous for its different types of coastline (bodden coast; cliff coast) and the diverse nature. The National Park Jasmund on Rügen is a World Heritage - natural site, whereas the historic cities of the Hanseatic towns Stralsund and Wismar are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage - cultural site.
Large airports of Berlin, Hamburg and Rostock-Laage are usually used as well as some small regional airports in Heringsdorf and Güttin.
Check Baltic Sea ferries.
In order to explore the Baltic Sea Coast you can use public means of transport such as trains. Also bikes can be used to make trips in defined regions. During the high season the roads on the islands of Rügen and Usedom tend to be overcrowded. Traffic jams are a common experience on Saturdays.
The Baltic Sea Coast offers a variety of sights in particular on Rügen and Usedom as well as in Stralsund. People interested in culture, nature and science are provided with a lot of opportunities.
As the Baltic Sea Coast is a major tourist region, there are restaurants of different standards in most locations. In particular the major sea spas such as Binz, Sellin, Heringsdorf, Ahlbeck and Kühlungsborn offer high quality restaurants. Due to the vicinity to the Baltic Sea seafood restaurants are quite common.
The crime rate is comparably low at the Baltic Sea Coast. Only bicycle theft and right-wing extremist criminal acts are quite common in particular in the eastern area of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.