On a wide, thin strip of land on the Baltic Coast is nothing short of wonderful — so long as you’re referring to the town, and island, of Zingst. And it’s concentrated awesomeness, because Zingst doesn’t even measure 51 square kilometers.
Zingst is a spa town that truly does offer more than just typical treatments to help you relax (although it does help). While for some people massages and saunas will certainly reduce your stress levels, I, for one, believe that a hike around the Osterwald might do the same thing.
What’s the Zingster Osterwald you ask? Ohhh, just one of the prettiest forests here in northern Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Bird watchers will appreciate the owls and cranes that call this forest home, while others will love the tall trees of Fir, Birch, and even the Redwoods.
The diverse wildlife here is celebrated every year for its Wildlife Week, held at the end of September/beginning of October. And to make things even better, Zingst might be a charming seaside town — but it doesn’t roll up its sidewalks at the end of “bathing season.”
Zingst likes to hold cultural events throughout the year, including its New Year’s Winter Magic with fireworks to light up the winter sky. However, the warmer months bring on a lot more activity.
April is the month for the town’s annual Harbor Festival, while May is its typical time for the Fotofestival Horizonte, a festival highlighting the works of local/regional photographers — but I like the idea of watching it all on the big screen on the beach. June is the month for its annual Regatta for its Zeesenboot — a sailboat of sorts that were once typical fishing boats in the area.
The town of Zingst was once a fishing hub, and you’ll find a few old “Captian’s Houses” around town — mainly on Strandstraße and Hafenstraße. These traditional homes of fishing Captains generally come from the 1800s, so they’re a great photo-op for old architecture.
A good way to explore around to see these things would be by bicycle (rentals are available), as the area is pretty flat — and Zingst falls along the Baltic Sea Cycle Route. Sweet.
All this and I haven’t even gotten to the beachy part of Zingst yet. Until now, that is. If you can dream it to do it on (or around) the water, you can do it here. Kitesurfing, windsurfing, beach volleyball, a dog beach, a nude beach, kayak, canoe, ferry and boat rides — have I missed anything? ;-)
Yes, I have. Because of Zingst’s coastal location you’re sure to be delighted by all the fresh fish for some delectable dining. That’s in addition to the bars and other nightlife that you’ll find during your stay.
Whew, I think I’m ready for that relaxing massage now — start at the fingers because I’m exhausted from all this typing.
Oops, wait, forgot one more thing. Zingst’s Heimatmuseum, or Local History Museum, housed in one of those charming Captain’s Houses.
If I forgot anything else, I’m sure the nice folks at the Tourist Office can help you.
I’m late for my masseuse, and we all know how punctual we Germans like to be.