Dollars to donuts, if I asked a bunch of Germans about the town of Grömitz in the state of Schleswig-Holstein they’d all say the same thing: awesome beachside resort town!
Not that it’s a bad thing, mind you. Grömitz is considered to be one of the oldest seaside towns on the Baltic Coast.
And it isn’t just a sailing or catamaran hot spot. No, there’s windsurfing, fishing, and all different types of seafaring fun. Got a boat? No problem! There’s a pretty marina for you to park your craft.
And if you just want to take a long walk off a short pier. No, no, no… I mean if you want to take a nice walk out over Grömitz’s pier, you can do that too. ;-)
It’s also easy to lose the historical side and strategic importance that was medieval Grömitz with all these watersports going on.
You, however, won’t let that happen — you are a history buff, aren’t you?
One place to see this side of Grömitz is in its village of Cismar. The town is still dominated by its medieval Benedictine monastery; that was built in 1245. After it was opened for a few hundred years, the kloster was closed and turned into a farm; and is now part of the Schleswig-Holstein State Museum.
Here’s a tip: Come to the Cismar Monastery on the 2nd weekend of August for a huge craft and art market. But, if you’re here in the winter — the monastery holds many concerts throughout the season.
The former fortress that used to be here in Grömitz is long gone, I’m sorry to say.
But, within the village of Cismar, you’ll find a few more historical buildings; like the White House (a beautiful manor home that really is white & where you’ll go for literary readings), and a charming thatched roof building that was once the town’s pharmacy.
In all fairness, Cismar has joined in on the seaside resort bandwagon; it’s home to the House of Nature, a museum filled with mussels and snails.
Dollars to donuts, if you ask me — I’d sure say that Grömitz is an awesome beachside resort town. ;-)