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.If you want to know more about the World Heritage Site, you can visit the Welt-Erbe-Haus at Lübschen Straße 23. Admission is free. The tourist information can also be found in the building. Find out more about Wismar and its sights here: wismar.deAfter Wismar you can travel by train. The station is located directly on the harbor. Also long-distance buses coming from Hamburg and Rostock stop in the Hanseatic city.
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.In the seaside resort Rerik many restaurants, hotels and pensions await you. On the beach you can relax after the hike and enjoy the sunset over the Salzhaff.All information about Rerik and its accommodations can be found here: rerik.de. Another contact point is the spa administration in Dünenstraße 7.
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From Ostseebad to Ostseebad: This stage takes you from Rerik to Kühlungsborn. On the nearly 17-kilometer route, you hike along the rugged cliffs, enjoy wildly romantic natural beaches and find shade in the dense coastal protection forest. The Baltic always on your left. Just before the final destination, a detour and ascent to the lighthouse in Bastorf, which has been a symbol of the region for over 100 years, is worthwhile. Here begins the cooling, a densely wooded ridge between Kühlungsborn and Kröpelin. The highest elevation in this area is just under 130 meters the Diedrichshagener mountain, southeast of Kühlungsborn. The name of the region derives from the word "Kuhlen", referring to a heavily rugged northern slope with small valleys and valleys.Once you have reached the stage destination, you can walk the four-kilometer-long promenade, fortify yourself in one of the restaurants or use the varied cultural program in Kühlungsborn. Especially in the summer months, many events take place in the Baltic Sea resort. In July and August, for example, a beach section will be upgraded to a sports beach. If you prefer to relax, you can also rent a beach chair typical of the Baltic Sea.Are you in Kühlungsborn at the end of July? Then a unique event awaits you on the Baltic Sea. The Faschings Klub Kühlungsborn traditionally organizes its summer spectacle with a colorful Samba procession through the seaside resort: Copacabana meets Baltic Sea. Further information can be found here: kuehlungsborn.de.
Continue east: Leave Kühlungsborn and follow the coastal path towards Warnemünde. The puffing of the steam locomotive Molli accompanies you the first five kilometers to Heiligendamm, also known as the "white city by the sea". Continue through the ghost forest until you can see the Warnemünde lighthouse in the distance. With five kilometers in length and some 100 meters in width, the hike ends at the widest sandy beach in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.On this route you will find numerous stops to stop off. A break is worth it in the "deck" in Heiligendamm. The path leads you right past it. From the terrace you have a fantastic view of the blue lake - South Sea feeling in northern Germany. In Warnemünde you can get snacks and drinks at one of the beach bars during the summer months. In the village you will find numerous fish restaurants. Especially popular with tourists and locals is the Grillstube Broilerbar in the five-star Hotel Neptun. On the top floor of the hotel there is a café with a special view. Fresh fish can be found on the Warnemünde fish market on the Alter Strom. Highly recommended: the fish-boulette at "Min Herzing".The calendar of events in Warnemünde, a district of the Hanseatic city of Rostock, is varied and well filled especially in the summer months. From the Old Stream, the ships set off for the harbor cruise. On the beach in front of Hotel Neptun you will find a surf school. The special highlight: the ferry waves surf. Every two hours, when the ferry departs from Denmark into the overseas port, there are surfing waves on the Baltic Sea beach for 20 minutes.All information about Warnemünde and its sights can be found here: warnemuende.m-vp.de
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.
Further along the beach, over the Fischland and on the Darß brings you this hike. You start in Mecklenburg, you reach your destination after 22 kilometers in Vorpommern. The Fischland is the land bridge to the peninsula Fischland-Darß-Zingst. You continue to walk along the Baltic Sea, but you will always see the bay on your right side. Bodden refers to a shallow coastal water, which is separated by islands or headlands of the actual sea. Keep your eyes open after the wine-red sails of the Zeesen boats. These are boats that are particularly suitable for the shallow Bodden waters.But there is also much to discover along the Baltic coast. Let the fresh air of the sea blow you over the nose and surprise you by the special atmosphere of the fish country. From picturesque sandy beaches to rugged cliffs. The tour ends in the artists' village Ahrenshoop. The place borders, as well as the former fisherman and seafarer village Wustrow, at the same time to the Baltic Sea and Bodden.On these hikes there are too many beautiful bathing spots for refreshing breaks. There are numerous restaurants, cafés and snack bars in every village you pass through.If you want to know more about the peninsula, its nature and the localities, this page will help you: fischland-darss-zingst.de. There are plenty of recreational opportunities in the Baltic Sea resorts on the peninsula. A look at the calendar of events is definitely worthwhile. Because some traditions, such as the toning, you will find only in this region.
Windy, wild and beautiful: this hike takes you from Ahrenshoop to the western beach at the Darßer forest. Sandy beach, dunes and forest merge seamlessly into each other here. The characteristic Windflüchter - trees, which gave the wind its idiosyncratic form - give the northwestern tip of the peninsula Fischland-Darß-Zingst their wild and idiosyncratic character. A beautiful track to blow your head free and to enjoy the grandiose landscape with all your senses. In the 22 kilometers you circle the northernmost tip Darßer place and then reach the seaside resort Prerow.The climate at the Darßer place is idiosyncratic. The wind usually blows a bit more on the western beach, so in the summer as well, for safety's sake, pack a jacket.You will pass the lighthouse Darßer Ort after about ten kilometers. There you can fortify yourself in the café - but only if you're also a museum visitor. In the Baltic Sea Prerow you will find again many restaurants, snack bars and shops. If you've already had enough fresh sea air at the lighthouse, you can take the horse-drawn carriage to Prerow from there.If you like to camp, you should head to the campsite in Prerow. Where else can you set up your tent in the middle of the sand dunes?
The last leg of your tour along the Baltic coast takes you from Prerow to Zingst, the eastern end of the Fischland-Darß-Zingst peninsula. On the dike or on the beach - depending on your mood - you wander almost ten kilometers to Zingst. There is still worth a dangling through the place and at the Bodden. From the harbor you have a great view of the offshore island of Great Kirr. You walk past the salt marshes back to the center. The stage ends at the pier. From here you can choose directly a beach chair for the deserving after work.In Zingst there are leisure activities for every taste: you want to experience more nature? Then hike or cycle with a rental bike to the easternmost tip of Pramort. From September to the beginning of November you can watch the Gray Cranes taking their rest and their courtship dances. Because Pramort is one of the most important resting places of birds in Central Europe. You would rather learn something? Then try out at the experimental stations in the Experimenta or visit a photography class at the Max Hünten Haus. You love dancing? During the summer months there is a dancing lesson on Sundays every Sunday and in the open air. All information and events in Zingst can be found here: zingst.de/de.If you would like to follow the Baltic Sea Coast Trail, you can check out the tourist information office at Seestraße 57.