It is possible to walk along the Moles to visit the lighthouse here.. there is also another on the Ostmole! If you visit in winter, make sure you wrap up warmly!! It's freeeeezing! The lighthouses serve the ferries and cruise ships.
The Teepott, built in 1968, is a well known Warnemuende restaurant, I didn't visit as I was saving my appetite for the local speciality Fischbroetchen!
The website has loads of interesting photos and historical facts about it's design, decline and resurrection... in English and German. (It seems that in former GDR times one had to know the head waiter personally to get a table here! Thankfully times have changed!)
My friend actually told me that Teepott translates as Tea cup but..... Tea cup is Teetasse, Tea pot is Teekanne, right,..... But Teepott.....? And the building doesn't look like either a cup or
a pot to me! Clueless.
My friend knew that it was possible to take the lift to the top of the Hotel Neptun (lift number 4 - The Sky Bar) and see some of the most breathtaking views over Warnemuende and the Baltic coast.
When we arrived at the Sky Bar we found it to be closed and undergoing plans for renovation.. it was still possible to quietly walk around, take photos and not disturb the busy architects. Unfortunately, another couple arrived a short time after us and were not so quiet - a member of the hotel staff came and quite rudely told them the bar was closed to visitors and will be reopened in May. We had already taken in as much as we wanted to see and left soon afterwards.
This hotel was designed so that every room would have a sea view - if only they could all be like that :)
Check my travelogue for the stunning sea views!! :))
In addition to its other charms as a resort town, Warnemuende has a very nice beach. It is quite wide and long enough for a very pleasant day of sunbathing. The day we arrived was very windy and the water was choppy with strong wave action. The water must not have been very warm (is it ever?) because no one did more than get their feet wet. I'm not quite sure if it is a good beach for swimming, and I could not tell if there was a steep drop off or an undertow, but I suspect there might be.
In any case, it is a great place to spread a blanket and enjoy the fresh air and sun, or fly a kite which the majority of people there were doing when we visited (as mentioned in a previous tip). If you love to hunt for shells though, I don't think you'll find any on this beach. Just pebbles of different sizes and I gathered a few to put in a small glass container as a souvenir of my visit to the Baltic!
Alot of people seem to have a fascination for lighthouses, and if you are one of these, Warnemuende has a rather beautiful one made of brick. Built in 1897, the Warnemuende Lighthouse ("Leuchtturm") rises nearly 100 feet where it can be seen by ships on the Baltic Sea and those on the river. Today, however, it has become quite a tourist attraction in addition to its duty as a lighthouse. It's easy to see why it is the best place in Warnemuende to get a parnoramic view of the sea and beach, harbor and town too.
The lighthouse's lower half is distinctive for its "rings" and there is an observation level midway to the top. From that point it is solid in color, has an uppermost observation level and is topped off by a green cuppola. Back down at ground level, a special plaque honors the former coast guard station that serves as "the last house until Denmark."
We did not attempt to climb the lighthouse, but merely enjoyed walking around the base and viewing it from a little distance. If you have time, it is open from May to September daily, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the 2 Euro admission (2005 price) is well worth it for a chance at some spectcular views and pictures, particularly on a sunny day.
Warnemunde, being right on the Baltic Sea, has a lovely wide beach which I'm sure some intrepid people use for swimming. But people also come here to FLY KITES!! The day we were in Warnemunde was mostly sunny and there was a very strong breeze coming off the sea. Warnemunde's beach is "the" place to fly kites and many people were doing just that. I think flying kites is one of those enjoyable memories alot of people remember from their childhood. Wouldn't you like to try it again? Adults enjoy flying kites too and in many countries it is almost considered an art! Many shops in Warnemunde sell artfully decorated and colorful kites if you didn't bring your own! This is a great way to spend part of your day enjoying this great seaside resort town. It's great to be a kid again!
"Watch for low-flying kites!!"
The history of the former fishing village of Warnemunde, now a summer resort area, is inextricably intertwined with the sea and has a reputation for being one of the finest "bathing" resorts on the Baltic. Am Alten Strom is a colorful place, with large and small touring boats, sailboats and the like tied up on the inlet. "Captains" ring little bells trying to draw your attention to their red and white tour boats. If the price is right for you, hop aboard for a pleasant afternoon "at sea ." Had we not arrived in Warnemunde by ship in the first place, one of these little sea journeys would have been a great way to spend the afternoon For a longer journey, try the double-masting sailing ship which also ties up here.
Warnemünde has been a seaside resort for almost 200 years. More than 100 years ago a ea promenade was built alongside the beach, with various hotels and bed and breakfasts in resort style architecture.
At the base of the lighthouse is Warnemündes famous Teepot (Teapot), a round building with a curved roof, built in 1967/68. Cafes and restaurants offer a unique view of the beach and the sea. On the ground floor the exhibition “Reinhold Kasten – the greatest adventurer of the 20th century” displays 8000 souvenirs and rarities from around the world.
The lighthouse, which was built in 1897/8 is 32 meters high and made of white glazed bricks. It is open from Easter through to autumn with a wonderful panoramic view of Warnemünde and the Baltic Sea, the beach and the port entrance.
Warnow, just a little to the west of Warnemuende, is a thriving, modern shipyard - building huge seagoing vessels much larger than the little cruisers usually seen in the waters around the coast here.
You can just see the shipyard, in the middle right of the picture, with industrial Rostock in the background.
Cruises around the harbour and beyond are very popular and local boat owners stand alongside their boats clanging their boat bells and calling to visitors to come aboard. In the summer I guess theres no difficulty attracting tourists but business seemed a little slack when I visited in January, although all the boats appeared to be operational and running regular services.
The long stretch of golden sandy beach is filled with bathers and those famous beach baskets in the summer. In winter a brisk walk is almost impossible against the wind, but still good fun as there are no tides here to consider.
There are several areas of the beach with disabled access too.
Warnemuende and Rostock have many ties to the sea, and one of them happens to be the presence of shipyards and the shipping industry. From our ship's berth and again in town, the towering crains of the Warnemuende Werft are easily seen. Because there are several shipyards in the area, I could not get a clear idea if they all belong to one company conglomerate (Kvaerner??)) or are separately owned and operated today. Kvaerner is a name known around the world for shipbuilding.
Some sources state that the Warnow Werft aircraft factory employes(ed) 30,000 people. If this is so, it explains the MANY highrise apartment blocks built near the railroad lines between Warnemuende and Rostock. Such massive building often takes place when an industry must hire thousands of workers and inexpensive housing is provided as a lure to workers to relocate to the area near the factory/shipyard. However, the Warnemuende Technologypark may be an additional reason why these semi-modern apartment blocks appear in the somewhat spare and isolated area where they are seen. I can't help imagining what life is like here for workers and their families.
This building is the meteorological office for the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Baltic region. They read the weather and make the forecasts.