Heringsdorf is probably the most elegant of Usedom's seaside resorts. It was officially declared a health resort in 1825 and quickly became very fashionable with the rich & famous of that time. The impressive villas from that time have been restored and converted into hotels or holiday apartments now.Another main sight is the 508m long sea bridge...more
The seaside resort of Ahlbeck developped as rapidly as Heringsdorf althought it started of some 20+ years later. The place is full of those magnificent villas from imperial times aswell.Main icon of Ahlbeck is the wooden pavillion on the sea bridge though, which originates from the 1930ties.From Ahlbeck you can cross the border to Poland. The...more
Peenemünde was a quiet little fishing village until 1936 when the Nazis started to built the most modern research & testing facility for rockets (Heeresversuchsanstalt) at that time. In 1942 the world's first long distance rocket Aggregat 4 (better known as V2 for Vergeltungswaffe/weapon of vengeance) was successfully launched here. In 1943...more
The sea bridge of Ahlbeck, with its red roof, four green towers and a 280m landing stage, is the main landmark of the island and the only bridge of its kind on the Baltic Sea coast of Germany.Therein a super restaurant, with a nice view over the Baltic Sea.The beach is fantastic, with white and long sand beaches. The 42 km long, white, stone free...more
Did you? I didn't, I actually hated it, mostly because it was so boring to sit and watch the teacher talk about experiments.In this museum, the Phänomenta, I got to DO many of the experiments myself and liked it a lot! The whole museum is hands-on, try everything.Do you remember learning about the law of the lever? In the Phänomenta there is a car...more
This museum is called the Historisch-Technisches Museum.It is is the largest one in Peenemünde and shows a very well-presented exhibition about the rockets and WWII. Space engineering eventually developed out of the technology from here, but the main emphasis of the museum is WWII history. The long, dark barracks in which the forced labourers had...more
Peenemünde was the site of factories in which long-distant rockets were built and launched during WWII. Today the town hosts several museums, the largest being the one about the rocket factories. The whole centre of the small town is supposed to be like a museum, at least this is the explanation the city council gives for not repairing the many...more
An der B 111, Koserow, Usedom, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, 17459, Germany
Good for: Couples
Duenenstrasse 41 7419 Seebad Ahlbeck
Good for: Couples
Uber die Heimstrasse, Dunenstrasse 3, Usedom, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, 17419, Germany
Good for: Families
What's the best food to eat when you're on an island? Fish of course. We discovered this restaurant close to the beach in Trassenheide, tried the fish and came back. It was delicious! On the groundfloor there is bar,the restaurant is on the first floor. If you're lucky you can get a table near the window with a sea view. As it was always busy,we...more
This Mexican restaurant is on the promenade along the beach in Bansin and is an example for trying to do too much at the same time.The menu is large and there are lots of tables crammed into a narrow space. I think,the management couldn't decide if they want a fast food place or a restaurant, so they settled on something in between. The food was...more
In the outskirts of Peenemünde there is the Café am Deich, at the embankment. They specialize in more than 100 different varieties of coffee, also 26 brands of tea and good hot chocolade. We couldn't make up our mind, so had two different coffees each, for a bit more than 10 Euro. It was a good place to rest after all the impressions we got in the...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
It's no secret that most things are a lot cheaper in Poland than they are in Germany. So when you cross the border at Alhlbeck, the street (about 2km long) from the checkpoint to Swinoujscie's city centre is lined with stalls. You can find anything here from all kinds of groceries to souveniers and clothing. Of course cigarettes and alcohol are especially popular...
What to buy: Anything
From May to September tourists have to get a Kurkarte - pay tourist tax on Usedom. This is common practise in most tourist towns. The tax is supposedly used to help clean the towns, pay for extra life-saving personnel, generally to pay for all extras necessary because of the many tourists.
When you book accomodation, you're asked to pay it when checking in. If you're just on Usedom for a day, you can get your Kurkarte from a machine.These machines are standing next to the paths leading to the beach.
In all my years of travelling I was only checked once to see if I had bought the Kurkarte. You get reductions on some tours or talks when you show it.
When driving on B111 you see signs warning people of otters crossing.I would have loved to see one, but these signs were the only clue that the European otter exists on the island.An old fisherman had told my daughter that in all his life on Usedom he had only seen them once, very early in the morning.Still, be careful when driving there at night.I...more
The Baltic Sea is where amber is found. However, not all yellow pieces that can be found on the beach are amber. Left-over phosphor from bombs in WWII is regularly found on Usedom and looks like amber. When you put it in your pocket, it starts burning!The authorities on Usedom have put up signpost telling visitors about it and warning them. I...more
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If you plan to do some hiking, pack your hiking boots. Even though Usedom as an island is mostly flat, there are a few steep hills. I was glad I was wearing my hiking boots when we had to climb over fallen trees.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun lotion is a must, but can be bought everywhere.
Our plan had been to go and see the European bisons in Wolin,Poland, but as we had followed to signs to the wrong ferry we never got there (see the transportation tip on my Swinoujscie page). So we went to the European bisons on the German part of Usedom instead. There are only a few animals , as the park is quite new. It was opened in 2004 with...more
Close to the village of Lütow-Netzelkow ,the only megalith site from the stone age can be found on Usedom. It is thought to be about 3000 years old. An oak tree, about 350 years old, is right beside it and seems to be guarding it.Weapons, amber ornaments and cups were found in the grave. There are now kept in the museum in Szczecin.more
During one of our hikes I saw something shaped against the horizon and thought it looked like an oil pump.When we got closer it turned out to be an oil pump! In fact, we saw several of them. I was very surprised as I had had no idea that there was oil on Usedom. I don't know if there are still in use, one of wheels was turning, so maybe someone on...more
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.
Equipment: Goods shoes.
Bikes can be hired from many places on the island.
As far as I'm aware Strandkörbe (kind of beach chairs) are unique to the German Sea Coasts. They come in slightly different shapes and colours and offer protection against sun & wind.
You can rent them by the hour/day or week. Expect to pay around 5 Euros per day or 30 Euros per week.