Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

Things to do - general

Located in the north of Germany, bordering the Baltic Sea, the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is one of the country’s top holiday destinations.

Blessed with a long, unspoiled coastline, romantic offshore islands, dozens of tranquil lakes, historic towns and fairytale castles, it has all the ingredients for a peaceful and relaxing nature break.

Along the northern coast, sandy beaches lapped by clear waters stretch for miles, with secluded bays and idyllic fishing villages in between. Historically home to a number of traditional spa towns, thanks to the pure air, pristine countryside and low population, the shore is peppered with seaside resorts where the European nobility once came to soothe their ailments in the salty water, and recuperate in the stately mansions.

Away from the coast, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is equally captivating. The green and verdant interior boasts glassy lakes, historic castles and hundreds of nature conservation areas. The state’s attractions are not only of the natural variety though: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is also rich in history and offers magnificent architecture, ranging from the medieval port of Stralsund (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to the Renaissance castle and museum in the beautiful capital, Schwerin.

Located approximately two hours by car from Berlin and Hamburg it is the perfect antidote to city life.

The closest airport is Rostock-Laage Airport, located approximately 40 km (35 mins) from Heiligendamm. Once can fly to Rostock-Laage direct from Munich, Cologne and Stuttgart.

CountryGermany
Languages spokenGerman
Currency usedEuro
Area (km2)23,174
Grand Hotel Heiligendamm

Grand Hotel Heiligendamm

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
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Grand Hotel Heiligendamm is a classically elegant hotel on the Baltic Sea suitable for families.    

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Activities for kids

Narrow gauge railway

A historic train, the Molli, runs from Bad Doberan via Heiligendamm to Kühlungsborn. The scenic 15km journey takes around 40 minutes and opens children’s eyes to a different period in history.

Playgrounds

There are many playgrounds where children can roam, run and explore in the fresh air.

Zoo

With over 4,000 animals and over 300 species, Rostock Zoo is the largest zoo in the region. Families can wander the grounds that are dotted with sculptures, watch the animals being fed, and see everything from gorillas and gazelles to cheetahs and polar bears in enclosures that replicate their natural habitats.

Jungle Park

Young climbers will be in seventh heaven at Kletterwald Kühlungsborn, an adventure park in the forest that includes zip wires, aerial bike rides and Tarzan jumps. Suitable for children from age 5 and up.

Summer Sledding

Tobbaganing without snow is possible at the Bad Doberan. Exhilarating for children and adults alike, the toboggans allow you to control your speed as you race downhill, around curves and over bridges for over 700 metres.

See the Seals at Markgrafenheide

Learn all about seals and their way of life at this marine research centre. Visitors can watch the scientists at work as they train the seals, get up close and pet them, and even get in the water and dive with them. Open April to November.

Karls Village of Discovery

A year-round family destination in Rövershagen it offers lots of indoor and outdoor farm-themed fun. There are tractor rides, zip wires, a children’s farm, butterfly garden, animal shows, mini golf and lots more seasonal activities. In summer when the strawberries are ripe, families can pick their own, and see how strawberry jam, soap, pastries and more are made. At other times of year there is a pumpkin market, a maize maze and, in winter, incredible ice sculptures and a 400m² ice rink.