Mile after mile of sandy beaches, rugged coastal forests, romantic fishing villages and world heritage sites - you can experience all this on the Baltic Sea Coast Hiking Trail, a section of the E9. The entire stretch of the European Long Distance Trail stretches from Portugal to Estonia, from the Atlantic coast to the Baltic Sea. Here we present the section from the Hanseatic city of Wismar to the Baltic resort of Zingst. On the almost 100-mile-long (160 kilometers) route, will get to know the varied landscape of the coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in eight days. Because at the Baltic Sea there are many fine sandy beaches, but also moors, salt marshes, coastal forests and steep coasts.
On your hike from Mecklenburg to Vorpommern, you will pass through various nature reserves and unique landscapes - the Baltic Sea is almost always within sight. The Baltic seaside resorts along the route also offer a rich programme of culture, entertainment and North German charm. Let yourself be surprised how beautiful and varied the German Baltic Sea coast is.
The infrastructure along the Baltic coast is impeccable and the route is well signposted. Since Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is popular for cycling, you sometimes share the way with two-wheeled vehicles. If you don't want to walk through the hike in one go, the easiest way to reach each stage by public transport is from Rostock. There are plenty of restaurants, supermarkets and hotels in all the places you pass through. Only in Alt Bukow, your first overnight stop, the choice is somewhat limited. Even if the offer is otherwise abundant, it is worthwhile to book the beds in advance. Especially in the summer months many hotels on the coast are well booked.
The best time for the hike is from spring to autumn. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is particularly colorful during the rape blossom in May. Bright yellow fields, lush meadows and the blue Baltic Sea. But you can also enjoy the coastal region in summer and autumn - especially since the sea has already reached bathing temperature. But don't forget to keep a thin jacket handy even in summer. The breeze at the sea is often fresh. Don't pack your rain jacket too low in your backpack. The weather on the coast can change quickly. Be sure to pack binoculars as well. You will wander through many regions where you can observe birds very well. A telescope is also useful to take a closer look at a stretch of coast, islands or ships.
The seagulls scream, the water spills against the edge of the harbor, a slight sea odor is in the air. Welcome to the Baltic Sea. The first leg of your hike along the Baltic coast starts in the Hanseatic city of Wismar. To get in the mood, take a walk over the cobblestones of the old town, which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2002. Then you leave the city to the north and walk along the Wismar Bay along to Redentin. There you turn into the interior and arrive via a detour through Neuburg after 20 kilometers in Old Bukow.In Wismar you will find numerous possibilities to strengthen, from the fish bread cutter to the chic restaurant. Also at your destination you will find several restaurants. For the break in between, you can have some smoked fish wrapped in Wismar at the harbor.
Your stage today starts about six kilometers from the water. High time to head back to the coast and have the Baltic Sea waves within earshot. Old Bukow is 38 meters above sea level, your current destination Rerik only nine meters above the water edge. Due to the slope you have early a beautiful view of the Baltic Sea, the upstream Salzhaff and the peninsula Wustrow. From the shores of the Salzhaff you can see the Baltic resort Rerik in the distance. The path leads you almost exclusively along the shore.If the wind is good, you can see the colorful stunt kites of the kitesurfers from a distance. The shallow waters of the Salzhaff are very popular with water sports enthusiasts. If you want to try yourself on the board, you will find surf schools in Pepelow and Rerik that also offer taster courses.
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Off to the ship: The first meters of this hike you put back by ferry. From Warnemünde you will travel to Hohe Düne and from there you will pass the naval base in the Rostock Heath. Here you will experience a special flora and fauna. Take some time, maybe you are lucky and can observe deer, weasels or gray herons. The bog and forest area north of the Hanseatic city covers an area of 6000 hectares and extends to Graal-Müritz. After 16.5 kilometers, you will reach the beach promenade of the Baltic Sea and thus your milestone.In Markgrafenheide you will find restaurants and snacks. The local beach section is perfect for a swimming break. There are numerous restaurants and accommodation at your destination in Graal-Müritz. You can find out more here: graal-mueritz.de.Remember to pack mosquito repellent during the warm months. Because the biting insects love the moist moorland in the Rostock Heath.