Usedom – the ultimate German seaside destination
The island of Usedom used to be known as the ‘bathing beach of Berlin’. The best loved sea resorts on Usedom, such as Heringsdorf and Bansin, sparkle like jewels on its coasts. But the main attraction for any holiday on the island has to be the old imperial spas, closely followed by the acres of room to stretch out on the beach. The Baltic beaches on Usedom are wide and clean, and the water almost always calm. Perfect conditions for enjoying a dip, building sandcastles, or simply strolling alongside the gently rolling waves.
On the side facing the lagoon, you’ll find a contrasting scene: unspoiled natural beauty and tranquillity. Usedom offers something for everybody. Germany’s second largest island is packed with treasures waiting to be discovered. This area was once beloved by the gentry, the haute monde and artists over a century ago. The imperial spas with their ornate Art Nouveau architecture are still redolent of a unique charm and a rich history, while away from the seaside, Usedom’s back country offers pristine, gently rolling scenery. The hills are strewn with villages and churches, restored windmills, lakes glitter in the sunshine, sail boats cruise the bays and inlets of the Achterwasser, and golfers stroll its banks.
Travelling around the island is easy. Regular visitors swear by the 150 km network of cycle paths or use the Usedomer Bäderbahn light rail network, that in season connects all coastal destinations every half hour, and also transports bicycles. And what is a seaside holiday without a boat trip? Take a jaunt from one pier to the next, or even to Rügen or into Poland.
There’s more to sea on Usedom: The Baltic is ever-present, and it exerts a magic pull. A spectacle of waves, sea birds, the kaleidoscopic colours of sky and light and water. A soothing, meditative experience. Usedom is simply a perfect place to replenish your reserves, at any time of year.