3 Imperial Seaside Resorts

3 Imperial Seaside Resorts

The morning sun illuminates with its golden rays the richly decorated facades and makes still noticeable the spirit of once more glorious times. The splendid Imperial Seaside Resorts’ villas, with their pillars and towers, seem to be like carved sculptures. Like dreams – built out of sand and stones.

The names of Ahlbeck, Heringsdorf and Bansin stand for beauty, luxury and exclusiveness. Just as pearls adorn a neckless, the longest promenade in Europe is edged by the extravagant summer residences of the Berlin High Society of the outgoing 19th and the beginning 20th century. These residences all together form a worldwide unique ensemble of Seaside Resort architecture.

A walk from one pier to another is like a journey in time. A journey back to the beginning of the bathing culture, to a time, when it was chic to stroll along the promenade in elegant clothes, where already at that time, exactly like today, it was in “to notice and to be noticed”.

“…The room I’m living in is nice and spacious – the house itself is delightful; looking through the trees at the grey sea is poetic and infinitely pleasant for your heart and senses. It’s quiet here, there is fresh air, and these two things have the effect of a miracle and they fill up your nerves, blood and lungs with a silent joy…”. That’s how Theodor Fontane described the special charm of the Imperial Resorts.

Nevertheless, the Imperial Three are more than just an amazement, delight or dream about times gone by. Let the warm beach sand trickle through your fingers. The view of the vastness, which destroys every single border to your thoughts. Kites, occluded by a string, conquer the desert beaches in the autumn wind. Bizarre icy landscapes, over which the winter storm whistles away howling. The perennial magic of the sea, which calms down your soul with its steady swishing…

Ahlbeck

Seaside Resort Ahlbeck

The sun comes out from the sea in a bright red summer sunrise behind the Ahlbeck pier. At this time, when everything is still quiet and the new day is stretching carefully its bright and sunny tentacles, the white elegance of the Grande Dame appears most wonderful. It looks glamorous and it stays with its simplicity in the transition area between day and night, between land and sea.

The Ahlbeck pier, built in 1898, is the oldest preserved pier of this kind in Germany. Despite its age it is probably the most wanted Photo Model on the island. It’s already been a hidden star in many movies. Even Vicco von Bülow, alias Loriot, fell in love with it at the first sight. He was so rapturous about it, that he not only gave it back its originally white painting (in GDR times it was brown), but he also immortalized it in one of his cult classics, “Pappa ante portas”.

It seems to be an inner urge of every single person, who comes to Ahlbeck, to go immediately on its wooden planking and from here to the Baltic Sea. Take a deep breath of the salty air, let the sea wind blow over your head, watch the massive sea waves – that’s pure life. That’s life at the sea. The way back from the pier leads through a wide square. The Art Nouveau clock in its middle is like a relic from former times, which takes the observer away from his own times. An enthusiastic bather gave it once to the resort as a gift.

The promenade, with its many small cafes and bistros, offers many leisure opportunities. You can still hear the swoosh of the Baltic Sea, and you can still behold the wonderful buildings of the Seaside Resort’s architecture. The hotels and the pensions have witnessed the the golden times, when children were romping on the sandy beach between the striped changing tents and when guests from the Berlin working class quarters were washing off their everyday worries by taking warm baths in large bathtubs, filled up with sea water. The rush of people on the promenade was colourful and full of life. And still today it looks exactly the same. When there are concerts in the bandstand, or when you can admire the breathtaking view from the Ferris Wheel during the Ahlbeck Summer Party.

And then there’s also the old Ahlbeck. The one, that existed also before the bathing culture times began. The houses’ roofs are still covered with thatch here. The former fishers’ huts seem small and quaint. One of the oldest buildings of the resort is situated here and may even be visited by tourists. It harbours the Köpp galery.

It doesn’t matter if you walk along Stresemann, Bismarck, Knights, Goethe or Kaiser Street – the beautiful villas and buildings of the Seaside Resort architecture are an inseparable part of Ahlbeck as much as the freshly caught and smoked fish, which you can eat in the middle of the dunes. All these things make a mix of the Past and of the Present and they become an incomparable flair.

 

Tourist Information Office Ahlbeck

Dünenstraße 45 • 17419 Seebad Ahlbeck • Germany
telephone 0049 38378 499350 • fax 0049 38378 499352

 

Heringsdorf

Seaside Resort Heringsdorf

The air is suffused with the sound of innumerable tweeting birds, which are romping in the lilac bushes or in the pine branches. Almost incredibly beautiful are the noble villas with their pillars and perrons in the middle of the wide parkland along the promenade.

“Notice and to be noticed”. While having a walk past the magnificent buildings it’s becoming clear, what was chick for the Berlin high society of the outgoing 19th and of the beginning 20th century. The stylish Seaside Resort attracted every summer with its charm the aristocracy and the bourgeoisie, artists like Lyonel Feininger, musicians like Johann Strauß and writers like Maxim Gorki, Theodor Fontane, Lev Tolstoy or Thomas Mann. Even the emperor Wilhelm II came by with pleasure for a short visit to Heringsdorf. Heinrich Mann described Heringsdorf in the 1930s as the “Berliners’ bathtub”. He gladly stayed in Heringsdorf too.

“After a three-and-a-half hour train journey you can find a beautiful hotel or a villas quarter right at the sea” – writes Mann. The wonderful villas of the seaside resort’s architecture of that time have been preserved. They have been renovated with care, and they now invite as holiday homes, so that you might be part of those glamorous times. Some villas are now museums and therefore available for visitors. In the Irmgard Villa you can for example visit the living room and the studio of Maxim Gorki, who once underwent a course of treatment here. Exhibitions, concerts and readings are held here and in many other places of the resort.

Whether a play, cabaret or concert – you can find the boards, that mean the world, in Heringsdorf in the theatre tent “Chapeau Rouge”. Close to it there is the concert shell, which invites you to enjoy music under the open sky. During the International cabaret festival many Music hall artists appear there and on the promenade. The „Kaiserbädersaal“ hall is another cultural centre. The Usedom Literature Days, Poetry Nights, balls and also the Usedom Music Festival take place here. Directly on the promenade you can see the Heringsdorf art pavillon, an avant-garde rotunda made out of glass, is becoming with its art openings and auctions a desirable meeting point for art lovers.

Life and experiences are incomparable in Heringsdorf. Incomparable like the view over the sea from the Heringsdorf “Haus Kulm”. The pyramid of the pier is shining bright in the sun. With its 508 meters it’s the longest run pier on the European continent. It is too a place worth discovering. With its many small shops and bars it’s perfectly suitable for strolling along and enjoying life.

Come to quietness and escape for a while from the hustle and bustle of the resort. At the end of a small alley, only a stone’s throw from Heringsdorf, there is the former manor Gothen – a place, where you can experience nature and enjoy it.

Tourist Information Office Heringsdorf

Kulmstraße 33 • 17424 Seebad Heringsdorf • Germany
telephone 0049 38378 2451 • fax 0049 38378 2454

 

Heringsdorf well known due to the longest pier in Germany existing – provides for our esteemed clients a small Boutique hotel SEETELHOTEL Hotel Esplanade with precious interior and its historic building. Located in the heart of the village, a short walk from the sandy beach and in opposite to the SEETELHOTEL Pommerscher Hof a 3-star superior hotel and the SEETELHOTEL Ostseeresidenz Heringsdorf. The SPA Center “Shehrazade” with 1200qm welcomes all SEETELHOTELS Clients.

SEETELHOTEL Hotel Esplanade
Seestraße 05 in 17424 Seebad Heringsdorf
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SEETELHOTEL Pommerscher Hof
Seestraße 41 in 17424 Seebad Heringsdorf
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SEETELHOTEL Ostseeresidenz Heringsdorf
Seestraße 41 in 17424 Seebad Heringsdorf
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Phone +49 38378 47020

Strandhotel Heringsdorf
Liehrstraße 10 17424 Seebad Heringsdorf
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Phone: +49 38378 2320

Just across the promenade from the Baltic Sea beach, the 4-star superior hotel Travel Charme Strandidyll is located in a wonderful park. Stylish comfort awaits you in all areas and rooms. Experience in two restaurants a distinctive taste and enjoy the view of the hotel park or the Baltic Sea. The PURIA Superior Spa offers with its pool and sauna area and modern fitness facilities the best conditions for a relaxing stay. Enjoy the traditional seaside resort flair and discover the varied nature of the island of Usedom.

Travel Charme Strandidyll Heringsdorf
Delbrückstraße 10 17424 Seebad Heringsdorf
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Phone +49 38378 33 536

 

Bansin

Seaside Resort Bansin

The northeast wind blows and swooshes over the crown of the pines. Since many centuries in the dunes they persistently withstand, in bizarre contortions, the storm of the sea. Nowhere in the Seaside Resorts the Baltic Sea nature and the Resort Architecture are so close to each other as in Bansin. The sea foam seems to be tangible. That’s because only in Bansin you can see the vast blue sea also when you’re strolling along the promenade.

Surrounded by the Baltic Sea and the Schloon lake, the life on the streets and in the numerous small cafes and bistros is young and snappy. It’s not a surprise: Bansin is the youngest among the Seaside Resorts. It was founded in 1897 straightway as a seaside resort. Also here you can notice many elegant villas and wooden houses. Along the promenade they’ve been built with a suitable interval from each other. That means that you’ve got a sea view also from the balconies and verandas from the second row of villas. Worldwide unique is the Bergstrasse. Nowhere else you may find so many preserved Resort Architecture villas.

Bansin was the first German Seaside Resort to receive the “Free Bathing Permission”. Since then bathers, after breakfast in their guesthouses, could wander directly through the promenade to the beach chair and amuse themselves in the Baltic Sea waves, wearing a one-piece swimwear. Before that, bathers were drawn in a bathing machine to separated sea sections. Still today you can see those obsolete bathing machines on the left and on the right side of the Bansin bandstand.

Bansin was the resort of the big stars of the German motion-picture production company UFA. Actors like Heinz Rühmann or Willi Fritsch met up with pleasure in the “Asgard” café or in the former noble hotel “Meeresstrand”. This town’s most famous son is with no doubt the writer Hans Werner Richter. He was the founder of the Gruppe 47, which members were inter alia Heinrich Böll, Siegfried Lenz, Marcel Reich-Ranicki and Günter Grass. The inhabitants of Bansin have set him up a memorial in the former fire station. Not far away from here Hans Werner Richter had spent his childhood. On the gable front of his parents’ house you can find the words “Villa” and “Paula” written in blue and below them the motto: “Whether East or West, at home is the best”. Maybe that’s why Richter has been attached during his whole life to his homeland.

A short walk and the sun goes down through the thick leaves of the beech forest, which leads you at the end of the locality to the Usedom’s cliff and to the Langer Berg hill. The hurly-burly on the beach is trailing off behind the large and old trunks. Only the sea still rolls its waves and it is like a remote remembrance of the beach below the cliff. It makes you forget the everyday stress and rush.

The three small villages Sellin, Alt-Sallenthin and Neu Sallenthin look really peacefully and they are just behind the back of the beautiful resort. Here you can still find thatched houses, which are really close to the shores of several lakes. Lake Gothensee, small and big lakes Krebssee, lake Schmollensee. And the noise of the far too fast life disappears in the ancient beech forests and oak forests, which surround them.

Tourist Information Office Bansin

An der Seebrücke • 17429 Seebad Bansin • Germany
telephone 0049 38378 47050 • fax 0049 38378 470515