Down By The Sea
The lakes around Berlin are stunning, but if you’re missing the briny blue, then follow other Berliners as they make the roughly three-hour drive north to the popular holiday regions on the Baltic Sea. The first port of call (before you leave the mainland) is Stralsund, with its Hanseatic towns and Gothic historic center, which has earned itself a UNESCO World Heritage classification. A short trip on the ferry or over the bridge will take you to Germany’s largest island, Rügen, renowned for its seaside resorts, sleepy fishing villages, and white chalk cliffs made famous in paintings by Caspar David Friedrich. Another beloved stop is the island of Usedom, known for its wellness hotels, long sandy beaches, and piers stretching far out into the water. Return to Berlin refreshed and carrying memories of wind, waves, and salty sea spray.