Driving down B111 you will see signs taking you to the parking lots or parking garages of the beach resorts. It's a very good idea to follow them and park there. It's close to impossible to park in the centre of the resorts, as streets are narrow, or are for pedestrians only or parking is reserved for residents. From the main parking lots/garages it's no more than ten minutes walk to the beach.
A ferry for bikes and cyclists
In Kamminke we saw many people with bikes waiting for the ferry to Ückermünde. It was fascinating to watch how the bikes were put on the ferry, even when it looked completely crowded to me, they still managed to find another spot for yet another bike. I'm sure, though, that some people were wondering if their bikes would make the trip without falling into the sea.
I checked the net for a timetable, but wasn't able to find one. There was also nothing posted in the harbour. From what I read it looks like this is a seasonal service only.
The island is connected to the mainland by two bridges, from Wolgast and Zecherin.Both bridges will be opened a few times a day in order to allow large ships to pass.
If you happen to be there at these times, you have to wait. There are signs telling people about these times, so we planned in advance to avoid them.
Zecherin Bridge --------Wolgast Bridge
B 110 B 111
05.35 - 05.50 -----------05.20 - 05.50
08.35 - 08.50 -----------08.40 - 09.10
12.35 - 12.50 -----------12.40 - 13.10
16.35 - 16.50 -----------16.40 - 17.10
20.35 - 20.50 -----------20.40 - 21.10
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While the problem on the B11 is heavy traffic, we encountered a different problem when driving to the smaller villages. Some of these roads are single lane , either not paved at all or only paved in the centre. As soon as there is another car approaching, one of them has to wait in the unpaved part.
Not too bad in dry weather, but quite muddy and slippery during rain. The picture shows the only road leading to the Stoperhof, a hotel and restaurant.
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Cars, cars and again cars
Before going to Usedom I read in an older guidebook that luckily the border to the Polish part was closed for cars, or the island would be suffocated by traffic.
Well, with Poland being part of the Schengen area now, the border is open for cars and the guidebook was right.The main street through Usedom B 111 is bumper-to-bumper traffic.Plan accordingly, you'll need a lot more time for driving than you'd think.
The only time it was better was in the evening of 1rst May, which happened to be also fathers' day or men's day. By the time it was evening, most people were out celebrating and drinking and all the day trippers had left.
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Boat trips from/to Usedom
There are different companies offering boat trips to and from Usedom. There are 4 boats per day from Bansin/Heringsdorf/Ahlbeck to Swinoujscie and one per day to Miedzyzdroje.
From Peenemünde you can get to the island of Rügen (1 per day), to the small island of Ruden (1 per day) to the isle Greiswalder Oie (1 per day) and to the fishing villages of Freest and Kröslin on the mainland (several per day). Boats are less frequent during low season and some offer duty-free shopping on board.
Usedomer Bäderbahn (UBB)
The best way to get to and around Usedom is by train. The UBB operates trains from Stralsund, Wolgast and Züssow on the mainland to the German/Polish border at Ahlbeck. During summer trains go every half and hour from 5am to about 10.30pm.
The second line on the island is between Zinnowitz and Peenemünde. Here trains go every hour.
Daytickets are 11 EUR, otherwise you pay by the distance. Tickets can be bought on board.
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