In English the coastal town of Kühlungsborn in northern Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania doesn’t sound very, um, what’s the word? Beach-like? Yeah, I’d say it doesn’t sound very beachy.
It is, however. And what a beachside resort this place is. Interestingly enough, the average weather doesn’t appear to be very beach-like either. Average temperatures in August are only around 20°C/69°F in the daytime, dropping to around 15°C/59°F at night.
Don’t roll your eyes, since when was Germany ever known as a popuar tropics kind of destination? ;-) Also, this is likely on purpose as the “Kühlung” in the town’s name translates to “Cooling.” Aah, gotcha!
I’m guessing this is why those strandkorbs are so popular here. A strandkorb is one of those awesome stripped chairs that dot the beach, perfect for giving you shade from the sun or the Baltic Sea winds. They’re not free, you do have to rent them (though, rest assured, that won’t break the bank).
Just because Kühlungsborn doesn’t have a beachy name, doesn’t mean you’re not going to love the beach atmosphere. This is one of the oldest seaside towns in Mecklenburg, and you’ll find the longest beach promenade — traveling along for some 3,200 meters. Plus there’s a 240-meter pier stretching out over the water, and a marina where you’re able to dock your boat.
Hmm, that’s a workout without adding all the golfing, volleyball, jogging, horseback riding, soccer playing, tennis, and swimming into the mix. One of the prettiest activities is taking a bicycle ride around the Baltic Sea, but also deeper inland passing fields of sunflowers.
Tired isn’t the word for it — I’m guessing a massage would be ideal right about now. Good thing there are spas for a spectacularly sinful session of the deep tissue variety. ;-)
And another thing: Kühlungsborn might be a seaside resort, but this is Germany. You gotta see where I’m going with this, right?
Yes, that means it has history.
The Church of St. John is one of the oldest, as it’s a Gothic church from the 13th century. Another historical site is the Molli Train, which goes from Bad Doberan to Heiligendamm. To learn more about its history it’s a trip to the Local History Museum (open Tuesday–Saturday). The Brunshövener Mill is a romantic place to stop, in case you’re interested.
Despite not having a seaside kind of name, as you can see Kühlungsborn is a top notch beachside place — right within the “German tropics.” ;-)