Germany Beaches
A Pleasant Surprise


Germany Beaches are a surprise to all. When we thing of Germany as a tourist destination, we don’t think about beaches, rather about great cities, monuments, vast history and even great food and beer.

But Germany also has great beaches. Due to Geography its beaches are located on the north on the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. If we add to that the many bodies of waters as rivers and lakes, you will notice that you are never far from a good beach of salt or sweet waters.

During summers, many Germans that don’t want to venture out of their country for Italy, Spain, Greece or Croatia Beaches; they rather go their lovely beaches with white sands and blue waters. Let us meet some of the best.




Rugen Island is Germany's larges island

Rugen Island is Germany's largest island


Best Germany Beaches

  • Rugen Island

The Rugen Island is the biggest island of Germany and one of the most popular and most visited tourist destinations. It features gorgeous white sand beaches, small fishing villages and beautiful seaside resorts such as Binz and Sellin.

Sassnitz harbor is a place where fishing has a long tradition. Binz is the largest resort on the island

When in Rugen Island you should visit Cape Arkona which is the northernmost point of the Island and the famous Chalk Cliffs in the Jasmund National Park. Then take a ferry to the island of Hiddensee, a tiny island without cars. Here you may walk or use a carriage to the Lighthouse and to see around the beautiful landscape and the old villages. It is known that many artists have moved here for working in such an idyllic atmosphere.

A real attraction and great way to discover Rugen is a ride on the historic steam railway "Rasender Roland ". Since 1895 the train has been operating with a maximum speed of 30 km per hour between Putbus, Binz, Sellin, and Baabe Göhren on the Rugen Island.


The beaches of Zylt Island in Germany are always crowded

The beaches of Zylt Island in Germany are always crowded




Germany Beaches

  • Sylt Germany

Pronounced Sylt in German or Zylt in Danish, this is an island in northern Germany, part of Nordfriesland district, Schleswig Holstein, and well known for the distinctive shape of its shoreline. It belongs to the North Frisian Islands and is the largest island in North Frisia.

  • St Peter Ording

This is a seaside resort with many attractions. Here you’ll find many health and beauty facilities, ranging from acupuncture, relaxant therapies, and fango treatments to Shiatsu. This is an endless beach 2 km wide. It is a paradise for everyone, since you may enjoy swimming and sunbathing besides use the facilities for water sports of all kinds. During the summer period there are many sport contests, concerts and activities for children on the beach.

It is the northernmost island of Germany and is known for its tourist resorts, notably Westerland, Kampen and Wenningstedt-Braderup, as well as for its 40 km long sandy beach. Since 1927, Sylt has been connected to the mainland by the Hindenburgdamm causeway.


Germany Beaches

German Beaches on the Frisian Islands

German Beaches on the Frisian Islands


  • Frisian Islands

This is a group of tiny islands off the northern shore that can be accessed by ferry from any of the nearby towns. Helgoland is one of the islands. It features some protected and sheltered beaches, may unspoiled by civilizationand therefore virgin for spending a day of solace enjoying the sea and the sun at your pace.

  • Heringsdorf

If you like Watersports, this area is for you. The beach could be crowded during summers with many sunbeds, umbrellas and colorful towels. The coastline extends for 12 km and the beach offers many amenities to keep you busy.

  • Kühlungsborn

The beach in this area is quiet and calm, ideal for a visit with the family on a Beach Day. The nearby town of Ostsee is very picturesque and attracts many visitors. This beach area is also great for all kind of water sports.


Timmendorfer Beach is the trendiest of Germany Beaches on the Baltic Sea

Timmendorfer Beach is the trendiest of
Germany Beaches on the Baltic Sea




Germany Beaches

  • Timmendorfer Strand Beach

Regarded as one of the trendiest of the German Baltic seaside resorts, it is a small and perfectly formed harbor ideal for a romantic getaway. The beauty of the place provides scenery to many amenities like gourmet restaurants, golf courses, tennis courts and fitness facilities. All this is addition to fine shopping and incredible nightlife.

  • Usedom Island

This is a resort island at the northeastern end of Germany on the border with Poland. The sands of this beach are incredibly white and fine. Blessed with sparkling beaches, royal history and a resurgent spa culture, Usedom is drawing more crowds than ever before.  It is located where it was East Germany and has been discovered slowly during the years.

Today it has become a stylish weekend resort for Berliners that travel just a little more than two hours to reach it. By the way is less expensive than famous Sylt Island.


Warnemunde is constantly visited by many Cruise Lines

Warnemunde is constantly visited by many Cruise Lines


  • Warnemunde Strand

Warnemunde is a small German beach town, near Rostock, that has become a favorite stop for Baltic Sea cruises.  It has a cruise ship dock, a rail line leading to Rostock and beyond, and a canal lined with shops and restaurants.  This is a tourist town, utilized both by Germans who come to the beach, and by cruise ships.

It's an easy walk from the docks past the train station into the center of town, where you will find a canal lined with shops and restaurants.  From there, you are only several blocks from the beach or from further exploring the town. 

The merchants speak fluent English and are friendly. Stroll through the shops, walk to the beach, and even walk through the back streets to see the "real" town away from the tourist areas.  It's also a short trip to Rostock by train, or by tour bus.  Because it is only about 100 km from landlocked Berlin, this is considered Berlin’s port and beach.


Norderney is one of the Frisian Islands on the German North Sea

Norderney is one of the Frisian Islands on the
German North Sea


Germany Beaches

  • Norderney

Norderney is one of the seven populated East Frisian Islands off the North Sea coast of Germany. The island is 14 km long and about 2.5 km wide and is therefore Germany's tenth largest island. On the northern side of the island lies a 14 km long sandy beach. The neighboring island to the east is Baltrum, which lies about 800m. To the west is the island of Juist, about 3 km away. The mainland is easily reached via ferry to the northern German city of Norden.

  • Zingst

The excellent climatic health benefits of the peninsula together with its natural surroundings have favored the development of health treatment facilities, using the natural effects of the ocean and climate with varying degrees of stimulation. Treatments are available for cardiovascular diseases, muscle skeletal illnesses, respiratory diseases, childhood illnesses, and diseases of the nervous system, psychosomatic complaints, skin diseases, general infirmity and convalescence.


For more information visit the Germany Tourist Website




Images credits for germany beaches:

warnemunde    ch pagenkopf
norderney       jeff brookstone
sylt               lars goldenbogen
timmendorfer   pe-sa



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