Bad Doberan and its area of Heiligendamm is the oldest seaside resort town in all of Germany. The Baltic Sea borders this romantic town to the north and the seaside air will have you calm, cool, and collected in no time.
The Baltic area of Bad Doberan can be explored a few different ways. One is the cycling Baltic Sea Course which winds its way along the coast.
The other is on the Molli. Molli? Yea, Molli is a 19th century steam engine train which acts like a tourist attraction and shuttle along flowery fields and crystal blue water. You can bring your bicycle onboard, in case you want to ride one in either direction.
Also, with a moniker of “Bad” in its name, Bad Doberan is made for an unforgettable spa experience. At Bad Doberan you can get a massage, sit in the sauna, or soak in a saltwater bath; which sounds like a mighty fine idea to me. Why come to a town famous for its spas and NOT enjoy some services? Isn’t that like leaving a buffet without eating?
You won’t find a seaview at Der Kamp, but you will find an English Style Park with tall Oaks and majestic Elms. There is no better place to help maintain your inner peace.
There are a few more attractions around Bad Doberan that shouldn’t be missed. Like, the Monastery Doberan which opened here in the late 12th century, the chapel in Althof (a 15th century masterpiece), and Der Große Palais (a very early 19th century palace). There’s even a World War I memorial.
Bad Doberan isn’t all water, trains, and old buildings; it can party like a rock star. No, literally, the town hosts the annual Frank Zappa Music Festival. Oh, all right, it’s not all rock-n-roll, Zappa ran the gamut of music from jazz to classical music… ;-)
A bit interesting about the music thing, since you could make the same similarities about Bad Doberan itself; saying it runs the gamut from a romantic (and historic) seaside town to a fun loving rock-n-roll party place. A match made in heaven!