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Mecklenburg-Vorpommer - Germany’s must-sea destination

Company Profile

The Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourist Board was set up in 1990. The task of the Tourist Board is to attract new guests, to develop modern offers, to establish multimedia-based possibilities of sales and to assure the product quality. Quality labels are awarded in an entirely objective manner e.g. for youth travel operators, water tourism or in the wellness secor. Therefore, the Tourist Board works together with the eight regional tourism associations, trade associations and companies of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The Tourist Board advertises in several languages in the internet (English, Swedish, Dutch, Danish), with substantial brochures, just as at fairs and many other distribution channels. For travel businesses and travel journalists the Tourist Board arranges workshops and study trips. Your service partner for the planning, organising and booking of individual holidays or group travel is “tour.bu - tourism and booking Mecklenburg-Vorpommern”.

More information: www.off-to-mv.com


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Recreation
With over 2,000 lakes and 1,900 km of beaches and steep coasts Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is Germany’s no. 1 aquatic region. Beautiful sandy beaches and clean lakes invite to have a bath. The quality of the water is marvellous. Furthermore, Mecklenburg- Vorpommern is the ideal destination for water sports.
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is a wellness region by nature and tradition. The conditions are excellent because the required nature materials are directly on site, e.g. Rügener healing chalk or Thalasso therapy.

Activities
Many of the most beautiful sites are discovered by hiking, biking and boating. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern ranks among the most modern tourism regions in Europe. Resorts, boardinghouses, campgrounds, water parks, and marinas are of the highest standards.

Architecture
Everywhere in the proud Hanseatic towns, huge brick Gothic churches rose up to the sky. Stralsund and Wismar are both declared world heritage sites by UNESCO.
Heiligendamm, the first seaside resort was founded in 1793. That was the beginning of the famous seaside resort architecture with its white villas and impressive summer residences.

In the princely residences and manor houses, everything revolved around a glorious display of power, magnificent castles, mansions, and gardens. There are said to be more than 2,000 of them. Schwerin Castle is the prima donna among them. The “Neuschwanstein of the North” is situated on a tiny island on Lake Schwerin.


Cultural Highlights

Like treasure chests the towns of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern house exceptional cultural heirlooms. Cloisters, churches, royal buildings, art collections and many museums tell tales that seem right out of a storybook.

Hanseatic Towns
The trade by sea in the alliance of the Hanse and busy merchants ensured an immense upswing in the coastal towns in the late Middle Ages. As a sign of their power which could be seen from a long distance Wismar, Rostock, Stralsund and Greifswald built magnificent town halls and huge churches. The original medieval town centres of Wismar and Stralsund are UNESCO world heritage.

Redbrick gothic
The brick gothic cathedrals built in the late Middle Ages towered above everything which had existed until then and even today they are still among the tallest houses of worship in the world. Moreover merchant houses with magnificent gables, and town halls with filigree spires show that the Middle Ages cannot have been quite as dark in this region as is often claimed.

Castles, parks and manor houses
The number of castles scattered about the state is astonishing. More than 2000 enchanting estates with fabulous grounds lie tucked away between the Baltic Sea and the Müritz. Magnificent manors now host guests, offering stylishly decorated rooms and exclusive gourmet meals in the best royal style.

Schwerin Castle is the prima donna among them. The "Neuschwanstein of the North" is situated on a tiny island on Lake Schwerin. Then as now, the magnificent building with its golden roofs is the enchanting focal point of this gorgeous region.

Seaside resort architecture and bathing tradition:
The bathing culture on the Baltic coast started in 1793 when Duke Friedrich Franz I. of Mecklenburg founded the first sea resort in Heiligendamm. Snow-white villa towns were soon established everywhere on the coast. And after just a few years everything of rank and fame met at the Baltic Sea. In 2007 the heads of the G8 states enjoyed the healing sea air in Heiligendamm.

The Imperial Spas Bansin, Heringsdorf and Ahlbeck on the isle of Usedom are especially pictoresque with the typical white villas, sea bridges and promenades. Of course you find many more resorts along the Baltic Coast and on the isle of Rügen.

The beach chair
The wicker beach chair is typical for Germany's northern coasts and was invented 125 years ago in Mecklenburg by a Rostock basket maker to protect noble people against the wind and sun.

The isle of Rügen
Germany’s largest island is often described as the most beautiful – idyllic bays, peninsulas and lakes; tree-lined avenues; rugged cliffs; and lush beech forests. You find lively resorts and tranquil villages. You shouldn't miss the famous chalk cliffs and a visit to the information centre of the Nationalpark Jasmund.


Health, Active and Nature

Active holidays for everybody
For people who favour holidays full of active participation a huge variety is offered. You’ll find golf courses, tennis and squash courts, modern recreational and amusement pools, bowling centres, skittle courts and summer toboggan-runs.

Cyclists, hikers and horse riders prefer this region because of its ideal landscape. Directive signs are set up along all paths while interesting sights and experiences can be expected everywhere. Just like cycling, horse riding gets special attention in this region. Riding farmsteads invite the whole family to special holidays full of fun and activity. They also offer outings with carriages for every occasion.

Devotees of the small white ball can play golf on 19 modern courses in front of unparalleled backdrops. Be it on an island, directly on the Baltic Sea or close to a romantic castle.

At, on and in the water
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers a perfect combination of relaxation in nature. All types of water sport are feasible: fishing, swimming, diving, canoeing, water hiking, sailing, surfing, water skiing or driving a motor boat.

Innumerable lakes tucked away in the heart of the state are an inviting place to hike, sail and enjoy other outdoor activities. This idyllic watery network offers unique conditions for almost every class of vessel. Hobby captains can explore a large part of the inland waters without a coxswain’s license.

Wellness and recreation
The relaxation and vitalizing offers of the coastal region leave nothing to be desired. The equally agreeable and rejuvenating applications unite old, tried and tested methods with the most recent scientific findings and can often be booked inexpensively as parts of wellness, beauty and indulgence packages.

Whether healing chalk, thalasso therapy, iodine salts, oil and aroma baths, rhassoul, Kneipp or Asian therapies – the relaxation and revitalization possibilities of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are boundless. The most modern of cure houses and therapy centers, as well as cure clinics of the international format provide opportunity for good health and relaxation.

Nature spectacles
Nature lovers will feel right at home in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where all roads lead to unspoiled landscapes and often right to the sea. Steep coastlines and gently rolling hills, endless wide open spaces. Over flowering meadows and thick forests eagles circle peacefully while down below storks wade through swamps in search of moor frogs. Three of the 14 German national parks alone, two biosphere reservations and six nature parks are located here. The bird migrations and crane resting places in spring and autumn offer a truly unique natural spectacle.

Holiday makers can meander almost endlessly across the countryside on bicycle or by boat. The region is covered with well-marked trails, which for instance lead to brick churches, stately manors with stunning grounds and royal residences.


MICE

The perfect location for your events
Whether you are looking for castles and manor houses, holding a congress in one of Germany's most advanced convention hall or you are planning an incentive next to the sea; together with us you will find the ideal place to accomplish your aims. In addition to an impressive diversity of natural highlights like islands, lakes, forests and protected areas, you will also find ideal locations and perfect conditions for your meetings and incentives.

MeetMV is a pool of hotels, manor houses, special locations as well as agencies and organisations and combines an outstanding offer concerning meeting and events in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Furthermore, the Meeting and Incentivepool MeetMV supports environmental friendly meetings and congresses.

www.meet-mv.de


Group Offers

tour.bu
TOURISTIK UND BUCHUNG is a service of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourist Board, which assists groups, clubs and travel agents in planning, organisation, reservation and implementation of holiday bookings.

Our offers are as interesting and varied as the beautiful holiday destination between the Baltic coast and the Lake District. Whether we are dealing with package deals or individual tours, day trips or two-week round trips – we tailor our services to suit the needs of the provider and its customers.

We offer the following service:

  • booking of accommodations
  • organisation of the entire accompanying program
  • compilation of detailed travel documents to conduct your trip/tour.

Our tour suggestion:
Gardens, parks and a green paradise: 5-day excursion Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

On your excursion you will get to know some of the most beautiful parks in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: the castle and the palace gardens of the fairytale palace in Schwerin, the baroque palace gardens in Ludwigslust, the park complex in Hohenzieritz as an example of an early landscaped garden, one of the oldest manor parks in Dammereez, the gardens and parks of Mahrin Palace with the world’s largest David Austin rose gardens and much more besides.

Gabriele Kratzsch
Product Manager for Groups

tour.bu TOURISTIK UND BUCHUNG M-V

Platz der Freundschaft 1
18059 Rostock

Phone +49 381 4030811
Fax +49 381 4030756


Barrier-free Travel

In October 2009 the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourist Board established the service department „Tourism for All“ which assists you with the planning and organisation of vacation for handicapped persons.

For over ten years, tourist facilities have been inspected regarding their degree of accessibility for persons with disabilities in collaboration with the members of the association “ohne Barrieren” e.V. During this period, more than 4000 hotels, guest houses, museums, passenger ships, tourist information centres, theaters and other tourism facilities have been checked.

Service Department “Tourismus für Alle”
Phone +49 381 4030677
Fax +49 381 4030555

www.off-to-mv.com/en/holidays-for-everybody

The association “ohne Barrieren” e. V. maintains an information portal where you receive more information about accessibility in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern:
www.barrierefrei.m-vp.de

Furthermore, the association maintains three separate institutions for barrier-free travel:


FIT

Top tips
No matter if you prefer hiking, cycling, paddling, riding or driving in the car to discover Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, there are lots of exciting tourist attractions along the way.

  • Historic old towns Stralsund and Wismar have remained unchanged since the 14th century.
    Both were declared UNESCO world heritage sites in 2002.
  • Schwerin, Güstrow und Ludwigslust Castle Museums.
    The state palace museums reveal examples of the art and living culture of the court.
  • Molli railway & Rasender Roland.
    The historic steam trains puff their way along the Mecklenburg Baltic Sea coast and across the Island of Rügen.
  • Doberan Minster.
    The pearl in the North German gothic brickwork crown boasts a rich, medieval interior.
  • In the OZEANEUM Stralsund, Europe’s Museum of the Year 2010, visitors can go on a journey submerging themselves in the underwater world of the northern seas.
  • Chalk cliffs on the Island of Rügen.
    The 118 Meter high chalk cliffs stretch between Sassnitz and Lohme. The National Park Centre KÖNIGSTUHL reveals the secrets to the white symbol of the Island.
  • The Historical Technical Museum in Peenemünde is considered the birthplace of space travel. The museum is dedicated to the myth of the missile and shows how technology opened the doors to outer space and the abuse by the Nazis.


Social Commitment / Green Travel

Waldaktie („Forest Shares“)
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern introduced forest shares in October 2008. With the symbolic purchase of a tree or, better put, part of a forest, you as an environmentally-conscious holidaymaker could take the chance not only to become a part of the first tourism forest protection program but to make your holiday CO2 neutral.

For the price of a € 10 share, a hardwood tree can be planted and cultivated that will counterbalance a family of four’s carbon dioxide emissions while they enjoy their holiday. Aside from the possibility for you to safeguard the environment by counterbalancing your carbon footprints with the purchase of forest-shares, these shares will also provide an experience in climate protection themselves. The area invested in with the forest-shares will provide numerous people – who will be able to read presentation boards, go on tours, or attend educational events – with the chance to discover the considerable potential that cultivated trees can fulfil to better preserve our climate. Tourists can feel free to participate in this climate protection activity first-hand by planting their very own donated trees at regular tree plantations.

More information: www.waldaktie.de/en/


Miscellaneous

Tourism Associations in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern:

Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e. V.
Platz der Freundschaft 1
18059 Rostock

Phone +49 381 4030500
Fax +49 381 4030555


www.off-to-mv.com

Deutscher Hotel- und Gaststättenverband
Landesverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e. V.

Bleicher Ufer 23
19053 Schwerin

Phone +49 385 592550
Fax +49 385 5925520


www.dehoga-mv.de

Bäderverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e. V.
Rostocker Straße 3
18181 Graal-Müritz

Phone +49 38206 78850
Fax +49 38206 78851


www.baederverband.m-vp.de

Landurlaub Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V.
Platz der Freundschaft 1
18059 Rostock

Phone +49 381 4030631
Fax +49 381 4030556


www.landurlaub.m-vp.de

Deutsches Jugendherbergswerk
Landesverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e. V
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Charles-Darwin-Ring 4
18059 Rostock

Phone +49 381 776670
Fax +49 381 7698682


www.jugendherbergen-mv.de

Verband für Camping- und Wohnmobiltourismus
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e. V. (VCWMV)
Pläterstraße 2
18055 Rostock

Phone +49 381 4034855
Fax +49 381 448402


www.vcwmv.de

Golfverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e. V.
Werner-von-Siemens-Str. 1b

19061 Schwerin

Phone +49 385 5577788
Fax +49 385 5577790


www.golfverband-mv.de


Contact

Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V.

Platz der Freundschaft 1
D-18059 Rostock

fon +49 (0)381 40 30-500
fax -555

www.off-to-mv.com

Managing Director:
Bernd Fischer
Register of Associations
Rostock County Court VR585
VAT ID No.:
DE 137385039