I don’t think you can find these anywhere else in the world – the typical beach basket, the small “apartment” each beach goer can rent on the sandy beaches along the German coast. I have seen them almost everywhere along the Baltic Sea coast. The tradition goes back over 100 years and is still kept today. A fee of around EUR 5 will hire you one of those beach baskets that provide shelter from the sun as well as the wind.
Right next to the harbour basin one can find a fish restaurant that serves smoked fish right from the sea. I don’t think one can get fish fresher anywhere else!! There is no service – one queues at a counter and orders the foot and then sits at one of the long tables overlooking the port.
Sealife describes themselves as ambassador of the sea. A 220.000 litre ocean basin offers vistas of Blacktip Reef Sharks and colourful tropical fish. Sealife is open daily from 10 am, except Christmas Eve.
If you require assistance in making hotel reservations or wish to get information about attractions in the area the tourism information centre of Timmendorfer Strand is situated right in the centre. Their web page offers additional information as well as information about hotels and accommodation in the area.
The majority of hotels have are all modern structures that have been built in the last 20 to 40 years. The only building that keeps its original touch from beach architecture of around 100 years ago is the Villa Boehl, a beautiful old and charming hotel.
Both Niendorf and Timmendorfer Strand have a small city centre. Most of the shopping concentrates around the centre of Timmendorfer Strand. Here one can also find attractive street cafes and restaurants.
This photograph I took of one of the many maps that give orientation. Here one can see that the town is stretched out along the coastline. A walk from the one side of Timmendorfer Strand to Niendorf will take about 30 minutes, leisurely.
The main reason why visitors venture to the Northern parts of Germany is to relax on the beaches, this also applies for Timmendorfer Strand. Here wide sandy beaches invite to enjoy vacation time. The water temperature however is something for hardened swimmers – during my stay in July – which is mid summer it was around 18 degree Centigrade. A beach promenade runs along the entire length of the beach.
Okay imagine one of the typical North German reed houses with Japanese sculptures around it. I was a bit startled to see this oddity along the beach of Timmendorfer Strand. Asiatica however is a beautiful gallery that has art and books on offer and it’s a worse while stop along the beach route.
A small port that accommodates yachts as well as fishing vessels can be found in Niendorf just east of the beaches of Timmendorfer Strand. This picturesque little port can be quiet busy during the summer months with many yachts making a stop along the route of sailing the Baltic Sea.
Even in the last days of darkest December, a brisk beach walk seems to be a popular activity with locals in this well known health resort.
Along the beach promenade one finds a number of sea bridges that serves as stop for leisure cruises along the coastline and offers splendid views over the beach.
The port of Niendorf is also the home of a fishing fleet that fishes in the Baltic Sea. Here you can view close up the work of the fishermen as they fix the nets and bring back the catch of the day.
A monument has been set on a bench next to the harbour of Niendorf to Charly who lived between 1900 and 1987, a hobby sailor and fishermen who frequented this part of Germany regularly.
This is the centre for events right next to the beach promenade and beach. Here many musical or artistic events are held. For information about the program simply consult the tourist information.