Steam railway into town, connects with the mainline at Bad Doberan, a fantastic half hour or so journey.
Two station in Kühlungsborn, Ost and West, why not get off at one and walk to the other along the seafront? lovely way to spend an afternoon.
Anyway, this is a working railway and not just for tourists and pretty busy on a Monday, I guess very busy at weekends.
Prices are surprisingly reasonable too, (June2011) 11.50 Euros return - good value.
A visit to the past, loved our trip here!
There is only one ship, the MS Baltica, that does cruises along the coast from Kühlungsborn.
The MS Baltica does
- one or two connections per day to and from Warnemünde
- a short 1 hour cruise towards Heiligendamm without landing
- a longer cruise towards Rerik and Wustrow Peninsula, also without landing, in the late afternoon five times a week
- a half-day cruise to Grömitz on the Lübecker Bay (Schleswig-Holstein) in those two days per week when the Wustrow tour is not done.
Check the timetable carefully.
Unfortunately there are no more regular lines that connect the resorts by sea – I think there would be a market for it. For example, there could be a great self-organized day excursion for cruise passengers IF the ship ran at suitable hours: a round trip by boat from Warnemünde to Kühlungsborn, time for beach and village, return trip by Molli train to Bad Doberan, see Bad Doberan and the Münster church, and return to Warnemünde by train. Or vice versa.
The bicycle is the fastest and most flexible way of getting around in Kühlungsborn. The town and surroundings are flat, bike trails are everywhere. Bike rentals can be found at almost every street corner. Many rent, in addition to normal bikes of all sizes, also fancy varieties like tandems, tricycles in policecar outfit for kids, go-carts in kid and adult size(!), or larger four-wheeled familiy vehicles that seat two adults and two children.
I took this photo of the hotel's bike rental from my room. A family are ready to take off in the big cart witht he yellow sunshade. The parents in the back seats have to do all the work, as the kids' seats in front have no pedals...
You may go almost everywhere by bike but remember that the beach promenade is pedestrians only!
Direct connections to Rostock are provided by overland buses. The ride takes about 70 minutes and buses run more or less hourly from early morning to not too late evening. The main bus line runs from Rostock bus station (behind the main train station) via Bad Doberan and Heiligendamm to Kühlungsborn and on to the fishermen's village of Rerik and vice versa. Then there is a second line to/from Bad Doberan via Kröpelin.
This bus is part of Verkehrsverbund Warnow, Verbund tariff, terms and conditions apply. Thus the bus is cheaper than a train connection via Molli and DB. A single ticket to Rostock is 4.30 € (summer 2009).
The buses stop in front of the three Molli stations in Kühlungsborn: Ost, Mitte and West.
The steam railway line from Bad Doberan to Heiligendamm was extended to the seaside villages of Brunshaupten and Arendsee, now Kühlungsborn, in 1910. The railway is a narrow gauge one with a track width of 90 cm. The historical early 20th century steam locomotives and train cars are still running. "The Molli" is still the only train connection to Kühlungsborn, trains run once per hour in the daytime. If you travel by train you will change from modern DB trains to to the Molli in Bad Doberan and arrive in style in Kühlungsborn just like people did 99 years ago.
See the website linked below for all details on fares and timetables etc. and enjoy a nostalgic train ride.
The train stops at three stations in Kühlungsborn: Ost, Mitte and West. Check on a town map which of them is most suitable for your accommodation.
The train got its cute name from a little dog who lived in a house by the railway tracks and used to bark his head off any time the train approached his home.
More Molli photos on my Bad Doberan page.
The so-called "Bäderbahn" is actually a car with several wagons that looks like a train but uses the streets. It does a round of Kühlungsborn West and Ost and can be used for tours of the town (explanations are given) as well as a public transport carrier. There are single tickets for a single ride, day tickets and weekly tickets that allow hopping on and off as much as you like. Get the leaflet with the timetable and a map of the line and the stops from the tourist information or, if available, at your hotel. This is the only local 'bus line' in town that serves the areas along the beach. Kühlungsborn is quite big, walking distances are longer than you may think, so this 'train' can be useful.
The Bäderbahn is suitable for handicapped travellers. The back car has some kind of ramp or lift and space for wheelchairs.
EMIL, short for "Elektrisch Mobil Ins Land", is a small electric bus that does tours of Kühlungsborn. It is a quiet and pollution-free way of transport. The vehicle seats max. 13 people, so if you prefer being in a small group this is better than the Bäderbahn. We were 6 and had lots of space. We had our grandma with us who is in her late 80s and not that good at walking any more, so this was the perfect way of seeing more of the place with her.
Tours depart from the tourist information building in Ostseeallee every two hours and last about 90 minutes. There is no need to prebook, you just show up before departure and buy tickets from the driver (adults 7€, kids 5€). You get to see the whole town. You will be taken around Kühlungsborn Ost to the Marina, where you have some 20 minutes to walk around a bit, then via Mitte and south of the Stadtwald round Kühlungsborn West and back to where the tour started. The driver (whose name is not Emil;-)) gives explanations during the ride and can provide a lot of practical tips for your visit.