Thanks to its location, the region of Vorpommern was very much influenced by the medieval merchant’s alliance and league of towns. The former wealth of the trading towns is still reflected in their characteristic architecture. The towns feature many valuable cultural and historical monuments. The Hanseatic city of Stralsund has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its typical brick Gothic architecture, many museums and other points of interest attract many visitors every year. Greifswald, the young student town on the Bay of Greifswald, is also an attractive destination for day trippers and holidaymakers. You could moor your boat in Germany’s biggest museum harbour, for example, and explore the nearby old town. Other interesting towns include Wolgast, Demmin and Anklam; they all have many different sights and are a great starting point for excursions.
The seaside resorts of Lubmin and Ueckermünde are also worth a visit. Ueckermünde is the tourist centre of the Szczecin Lagoon, it is close to nature and perfect for active holidaymakers. The youngest seaside resort of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern also has a charmingly restored old town. In the seaside resort of Lubmin, far away from the hustle and bustle of tourism, you can relax on the 5 kilometre-long sandy beach or get active in the sports facilities or the riding stables. The town with the famous pier also offers spa concerts, beach parties and the opportunity to experience traditional crafts.
The rural region of Vorpommern is perfect if you are looking for tranquillity, nature and relaxation. You can go cycling or walking. The region has hundreds of kilometres of cycling and hiking trails that take you through forests, sprawling fields, along lakes and rivers and the coast of the Baltic Sea. And if you still haven’t had enough of the water and the harsh breeze, you can go kite surfing or canoeing. The region’s many nature parks make it a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers – in the spring and autumn you can watch the flocks of cranes look for a resting place in the waters of the bay, which is a unique experience.
As a region steeped in history, Vorpommern still practices many customs and traditions. Some of the coastal towns are great for experiencing the region’s seafaring and shipbuilding traditions. Time seems to stand still in the little fishing villages where you can experience traditional coastal fishing first hand. The local history and open-air museum tell you lots about life on the Baltic Sea coast. And why not travel back in time and visit the region’s castles, palaces and country estates. Customs and festivals bring history to life – you could visit one of the many fishing festivals or be a spectator at a Zeesen boat regatta.