Baltic Sea Coast
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.
The Baltic Sea Coast offers a variety of sights 1 in particular on Rügen and Usedom 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.
A wide range of places to drink can be found in the bigger cities of Stralsund, Rostock, Greifswald and Schwerin as well as in the major sea spas.