Schleswig-Holstein and the Baltic Coast

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  • 1. Altstadt

    Historic District/Site

    Proof of Lübeck's former position as the golden queen of the Hanseatic League is found at every step in the Altstadt, which contains more 13th...Read More

  • Holstentor

    2. Holstentor

    Museum/Gallery

    Lübeck’s famous gate was part of the medieval fortifications of the city. It has two faces: one it shows the world and one it shows the city...Read More

    Holstentor
  • Ahlbeck

    3. Ahlbeck

    Town/Village

    The island's main town is also one of its best resorts. The tidy and elegant resort is one of the three Kaiserbäder (imperial baths)—the two...Read More

    Ahlbeck
  • 4. Alter Garten

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The town's showpiece square was the setting for military parades during the years of Communist rule. It's dominated by two buildings: the ornate...Read More

  • 5. Alter Markt

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The Alter Markt has the best local architecture, ranging from Gothic to Renaissance to baroque. Most homes belonged to rich merchants, notably...Read More

  • 6. Alter Strom

    Marina/Pier/Dock

    Inland from the lighthouse is this yacht marina. Once the entry into the port of Warnemünde, it now has bars, plenty of good restaurants, and...Read More

  • 7. Altfriesisches Haus

    House/Mansion/Villa

    For a glimpse of the rugged lives of 19th-century fishermen, visit the small village of Keitum to the south, and drop in on the Old Frisian...Read More

  • 8. Bergen

    Town/Village

    This small town is the island's administrative capital, founded as a Slavic settlement some 900 years ago. The Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church...Read More

  • 9. Binz

    Beach–Sight

    The rule of the Baltics' most exclusive beach is "see and be seen." The 5-km-long (3-mile-long) and 54-yard-wide beach is the perfect place...Read More

  • Binz

    10. Binz

    Town/Village

    The largest resort town on Rügen's east coast, it has white villas and a beach promenade. Four kilometers (2½ miles) north of Binz are five...Read More

    Binz
  • 11. Buddenbrookhaus

    Museum/Gallery

    Two highly respectable-looking mansions are devoted to two of Germany's most prominent writers, Thomas Mann (1875–1955) and Günter Grass (born...Read More

  • 12. Buhne 16 and Roter Kliff

    Beach–Sight

    Kampen's beach—divided into the Buhne 16 and the Roter Kliff —is the place where the rich and famous meet average joes. Bunhe 16 is Germany...Read More

  • 13. Das Historisch-Technische Museum Peenemünde

    Museum/Gallery

    At this museum housed in the former factory power plant, one exhibit in particular covers the moral responsibility of scientists who develop...Read More

  • 14. Deutsches Bernsteinmuseum

    Museum/Gallery

    In the Deutsches Bernsteinmuseum, which adjoins the main factory, you can see a fascinating exhibit of how this precious "Baltic gold" is collected...Read More

  • 15. Deutsches Meeresmuseum

    Museum/Gallery

    The Stralsund aquarium of Baltic Sea life is part of this three-floor museum, which also displays the skeletons of a giant whale and a hammerhead...Read More

  • Doberaner Münster

    16. Doberaner Münster

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Bad Doberan is home to this meticulously restored redbrick church, one of the finest of its kind in Germany. It was built by Cistercian monks...Read More

    Doberaner Münster
  • 17. Fun-Beach Brandenburg

    Beach–Sight

    Westerland's beach bursts at the seams in the summer months. More than 6 kilometers (4 miles) of pristine white sand is filled with more than...Read More

  • 18. Fürstenhof

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The home of the former dukes of Mecklenburg stands next to the Marienkirche. It's an early-16th-century Italian Renaissance palace with touches...Read More

  • 19. Günter Grass-Haus

    Museum/Gallery

    This mansion contains a museum devoted to wide-ranging exhibits on literature and visual arts, including the work of Germany's most famous postwar...Read More

  • 20. Heilig-Geist-Hospital

    Hospital–Sight

    Take a look inside the entrance hall of this Gothic building. It was built in the 14th century by the town's rich merchants and was one of the...Read More

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