The '''Baltic Sea Coast''' (''Ostseeküste'') of [[Germany]] is a vacation region located in the northern federal states of [[Schleswig-Holstein]] and [[Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania]].
*[[Rügen]] (Ruegen): Germany´s largest island (926 square kilometres). Famous for its bathing beaches and chalk cliffs as well as its diverse nature.
*[[Usedom]]: island in the east of [[Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania]]. Second largest island of Germany. Its
western part is located on the national territory of Poland. *[[Fischland-Darss-Zingst]]: peninsula in the north of [[Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania]]. Known for its fishing villages und bathing beaches.
* [[Rostock]]: university, ferry line, sea port, sailing regatta "Hanse Sail"
* [[Stralsund]]: German Oceanographic Museum [http://www.hydrosight.com/article/ozeaneum.php] with the Ozeaneum, which
was to be finished in 2008. The Ozeaneum has been elected European museum of the year in 2010.* [[Wismar]]: college
* [[Greifswald]]: university, nuclear fusion reactor "Wendelstein 7-X"
* [[Bad Doberan]]
baltic sea spa on Usedom, large pier
* [[Kiel]]: university, ferry line
* [[Lübeck]]: university, college, ferry line, sea port
* [[Sassnitz]]: on the island of Rügen (Ruegen), ferry line, fishing port with the longest outside
mole of [[Europe]], chalk-cliffs ( "Königstuhl " => "Kings chair ")
* [[Mecklenburg lake district]]: cluster of lakes in the center of Mecklenburg-Western
Pommerania. Including the second largest lake of Germany, the "Müritz".
The Baltic Sea Coast developed into one of the today's most popular
holdiday 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 last turn-of-the-century. Besides beaches and sea spas the region is famous for its different types of coastline (bodden -coast; cliffed coast) and the diverse nature. The National Park Jasmund on Rügen is a World Heritage - natural site, whereras the historic cities of the hanseatic towns Stralsund and Wismar are classified as a World Heritage - cultural site.
The major travelways are the motorway A20(by car)with good connections to the german capital Berlin and the major city of Hamburg. By plane the large airports of Berlin, Hamburg and Rostock-Laage are usually used as well as some small regional airports in Heringsdorf and Güttin. For travellers from and to the Scandinavian and Baltic countries there are also frequent connections by ferries.
In order to explore the Baltic Sea Coast
advisible to use public means of transport such as trains. Also bycicles can be used to make trips in defined regions. During the high sseason in the summer especially the roads on the island of Rügen and Usedom tend to be overcrowded. Traffic jams are a common experience on saturdays.
==Do==The Baltic Sea Coast offers a variety of sights [http://www.mecklenburg-vorpommern.eu/cms2/Landesportal_prod/Landesportal/content/de/Urlaub_und_Freizeit/index.jsp 1] in particular on Rügen [[http://www.hotel-insel-ruegen.com/sehenswuerdigkeiten-ruegen.php 2]]and Usedom [http://www.hotel-usedom-ostsee.com/sehenswuerdigkeiten-usedom.php 3] 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
tourism region, there are restaurants of different standards in most locations. In particluar 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.