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Willkommen in Deutschland!
Welcome to Germany!
When a cruiser posted the question that he would like to do a scenic ride I checked my guide books and found a suggestion for a tour from Wismar to Nienhagen which is just 5 miles apart from Warnemünde.
Two years ago I got an impression from a ride on a small portion of this route.
It was beautiful.
This year I thought I should see the route I told others to do. Do not worry: there were no claims from other cruisers. Only nice reviews.
So we did Wismar to Warnemünde and we were nice surprised how nice this part of Germany is.
You need 2 1/2 - 3 hours for driving because there are narrow streets and on some sections like in the former GDR...
It's a trip to nature, calmness, water, beaches, local food and history...
These are the points and my personal preferences as you might be in hurry and want to do some short cuts which you can always do.
Wismar (No. 1)
Insel Poel (No. 4)
Neubukow (you have to pass anyway...)
Kröpelin (No. 2)
Kühlungsborn (No. 2)
Heiligendamm (No. 3)
Bad Doberan (No. 2)
Nienhagen (you have to pass anyway...)
I. e. you want to do but do not have 2 1/2 hours time to go. Then I would do the mininum which are indicated with No. 1. You have more time: then I would do No. 1+2 etc. But this is my choice - you must decide for yourselves....
For those who wants to see Wismar first, here are some impressions:
Other cruisers might join from
Lübeck A 20
Schwerin B 105
Rostock/Warnemünde A 20
at Wismar Junction (No. 9 on A 20 between Rostock and Lübeck).
In Future the A 14 will connect you directly to Schwerin by interstate. But now under construction.
Your first direction is Insel Poel / Island of Poel.
Changing the signs to yellow background:
end of interstate - subject no further restrictions: 100 km/h.
Kirchdorf is already on the Island of Poel.
In this place Groß-Strömkendorf you need to decide:
Island or not...
Due to the character of an island: it's connected by one road which means you have to get the same way back from the island.
Get here some pictures of the Island of Poel. If you miss it because you are under time pressure: do no worry - you get nearby landscape also in Rerik.
For all others you can continue to Neubukow.
By the way there are few "Landgast..." (now häuser or stätten follows) which means Country Inns with very local authentic German food.
On the way you find one of several Dutch windmills. And if your cruise does not call Amsterdam: Good occassion to tell your friends that you have been in the Netherlands as well.
On Wednesday from 13.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs you can visit how they mill the wheat to flour... Maybe your children are interested to learn that flour does not "grow" in paperbags in a supermarket...
I love this water-landscape...
Typical road villages you had a lot in former East Germany.
If you are in hurry: B 105 takes you on a direct way to Bad Doberan from here there is a direct route to Warnemünde.
We had set our GPS from centre to centre. But sometimes there were by-passes so if you dislike this you can follow already Rerik.
Otherwise you need to make a left turn to Parking in Zentrum (Center) before you get back to the Rerik-bound roads.
That's Rerik. I was very much impressed.
You can rent a "Strandkorb" which allow you to sit inside and to keep your goods in the drawers.
But you need to pay "Kurtaxe" to use the beach. Normally you pay with your hotel bill but when you are a day tripper then you need to pay at this machine. Most exact change and then press the green botton to get a ticket.
"FKK" means nudist activities. It's very popular in East Germany. You should not walk there to look at them. If you participate you are welcome. But on this section it is prohibited.
"Käptns Klönstuv" is North German slang and means the Captain's Chatroom (not internet)...
You can get here some German food or piece of cake and you have a map on the wall.
Zweirad or Fahrrad means Bike - Fahrradverleih means Bike Rental.
Beautiful weather - children who need to move... maybe that's an option...
Do not forget to pay for parking.
Enter the coins until the estimated time of your departure appears. Enter the green botton and you get your ticket.
We continued to Kröpelin.
But if you are in hurry: A 20 is the interstate to Rostock...
Up and down and cherry blossoms...
And here are some impressions from Kröpelin.
I would say: still a typical East German small town.
We went first to the terminal of Molli-Train.
You can go by train to Kühlungsborn East (= Ost) and walk back (about 2 1/2 miles) or take the "street train for sightseeing".
At the station there is not so much beside the Molli-Train and its museum of its own.
That's the "street sightseeing train".
But we moved with our car to Kühlungsborn Ost.
Oh... that's a signpost for a road closure and a deviation. You need to follow the "U" or "Umleitung".
Tourist Office is located in the train station building.
or you go again with the Street Sightseeing Train to town.
The bike rental moved away but we found so many in town...
From the square in the front of the station building you go to the right side of the street and you make a turn to the main shopping street.
A brewhouse and boat trips to Warnemünde. Unfortunately they do not work for shore excursions from Warnemünde.
Here as well: "Kurtaxe" requested if you want to see the beaches.
Kühlungsborn East and West are connected by this 2 miles long Promenade.
Very surprising a guard tower from times of GDR.
And that is the road which connect Kühlungsborn East and West. All the hotels.
and appearances like this... if you feel hungry and homesick...
For whose of you who might need four wheels to cycle... all available... perfect for a family trip.
We walked through a little forrest back to our car and discovered old East German illuminations.
Ossi = Slang for East Germans or may be nickname for Oscar...
but great prices if you left the main shopping street: 7.20 EUR for a roast pork with potatoes and aspargous. I pay in West Germany double price...
looks very German...
and again another "Fahrradvermietung" (Bike rental)
That is my VERY PERSONAL opinion:
I am more lover of Rerik than Kühlungsborn.
Kühlungsborn is too commercial for me which all appearances like "international" brands of stores instead of local dealers. Non local cuisine like the rib-store.
But go and discover yourself.
We continued to Heiigendamm.
But there was not so much more than the white hotel buildings where two years ago the G8-summit was hold. Nothing more impressing.
White sign means local destinations...
A view of the Bad Doberan Cathedrale was quite nice...
Well accordning to the guide there are forrests around Nienhagen where all trees look like this. Straight!!! Formation due to wind and weather: the Ghost Forrest.
You can go directly back to Warnemünde if you are in hurry.
Straw-roof are also very typical for North Germany.
The Ferry sign brings you directly to the Cruise Terminal as the ferry terminal is next to the cruise terminal.
The blue Parking Zone is at the cruise terminal.
If you go straight ahead you have a chance to see something from Warnemünde. Or you turn right to the Cruise Terminal. There is no direct way - so you need to return to this area before you can move over on the other side of the tracks.
Now very important: turn right if you have not filled up your car in Bad Doberan.
Super = Premium 95 ROZ
You fill up first and then you pay and telling which number you used.
Whose car is full, make a left turn...
and then right again...
and after the railtrack crossing you turn left and approch to your cruise terminal.
I hope you had a nice day like I had.