Neue Strandstrasse 25, Usedom, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, 17454, Germany
More about Usedom
do you see the snake?
A back road on Usedom
Travel Tips for Usedom
Usedom is paradise for walkers and cyclists. There are 400km of walking paths and 120km of cycling paths on the island. Loads of signs will guide you around and give some info about the area aswell. Goods shoes.
Bikes can be hired from many places on the island.
Stone Garden Forsthaus Pudagla
If you're a geology freak, you shouldn't miss the stone collection at Pudagla Forsthaus. The stones which are assembled here are really old (about 2 billion years!) and were carried to Usedom by glaciers during the last ice age. They all originate from Scandinavia or the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Little tables quote their age and origin.
You find the Stone Garden about 2km from Ückeritz.
Golm: A very moving memorial
Golm is is the name of a hill in the South of Usedom, very close to the Polish border.
It is the site of a very moving memorial.
In March 1945, shortly before the end of WWII, there were about 100 000 refugees in Swinoujscie, plus the inhabitants of the city and many wounded soldiers in the hospital there. On 12th March 1945 the American airforce bombed the city, killing more than 23 000 people. Because of the possibility of an outbreak of diseases, there was no time to find out any names, most of the dead were buried in a mass grave on the Golm. The names of just about 500 people were known.
Today this is one of the most moving memorial sites against war I've seen.
There is a statue of a woman, being cold and covering herself in a soldier's coat which is too large for her.It was done by the sculptor Robert Leptien in 1952, but only put up much later, because he had fled the GDR for the west.
On top of the hill there is the inscription "That no mother ever will have to cry for her son" - "Dass nie eine Mutter mehr ihren Sohn beweint".
The Golm seems ages away from the busy beach towns, but if someone is interested in WWII history, this is a very moving place to see.