We can learn a lot from the Wismar Bay, or Wismarer Bucht in German, an area that’s part of the Mecklenburg Bay. How? Glad you asked, because a lot of underwater archaeology is taking place underneath its water? Not only that; along its banks is a bird sanctuary.
It doesn’t end there. You’ll find excellent towns and islands within the Bay of Wismar, like the town of Wismar itself.
Wismar gained wealth because of its inclusion into the Hanseatic League, which you can easily see by taking the train from Schwerin.
For something a little more intimate, how about finding your way to Poel Island that sits along the northern part of the bay? This place doesn’t even have 2,700 residents — perfectly quiet to see its Village Church from the 13th century, frolic at its beach (there’s a lighthouse here, too), or throw caution to the wind at the nude beach in the district of Wangern.
Not all islands found in the Wismar Bay are inhabited. The island of Walfisch might have been during the Thirty Years’ War at its fortress (it’s underwater now); and now no one lives here except the geese, ducks, and swans.
Ahrendsberg is another small island in the bay that isn’t inhabited. But, the birds love the grasslands and salty marshes.
Come to think of it, they like the tidal flats of Wohlenberg Wiek, a bay within the Bay (within the other bay ;-). Bird watchers, you’ll want to come here to see the grey goose (not the vodka, BTW), the ducks, swans, and other water birds.
Eggers Wiek is another bay located inside Wismar Bay. Just 6km northwest of Wismar, you’ll find an excellent beach area, a golf course, and a marina here (in case you’ve boated in).
Sound like your kind of place? Yeah, it does. So no matter which way you’ve decided to get here (oh, yeah, another way is along the Kiel-Baltic Federal Waterway Route) you’re in for a treat.