Mecklenburg-Vorpommer - Germany’s must-sea destination
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: This is the Island of Rügen with the white chalk cliffs, the fairytale castle of Schwerin situated on an island surrounded by seven lakes, the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of the Hanseatic towns of Wismar and Stralsund, the Amazon of the North and the more than 2,000 blue sparkly lakes forming a watery paradise, the magnificent seaside villas and long piers on the sunny Island of Usedom and much, much more.
Between Hamburg and Berlin
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is situated between the cities of Hamburg and Berlin in the north-east of Germany. Reaching the holiday state is easy. Modern motorways, buses and the Deutsche Bahn can all take you there within 1 - 3 hours. From Sweden or Denmark, the ferry takes you across the Baltic Sea to Rostock or Sassnitz (Island of Rügen). There are several domestic flights to Rostock-Laage and Heringsdorf (Island of Usedom) and international flights from Switzerland and Austria.
Travel information: www.off-to-mv.com/en/arrival
Your contact partner
The Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourist Board is your point of contact! We are happy to assist you in planning tours and programmes, organising study tours, press trips, events including promotions or campaigns.
Our website www.off-to-mv.com is in German, English, Swedish, Danish and Dutch and has information on everything the holiday state has to offer plus an interactive map, a calendar of events, an option to order brochures and a booking platform.
The Baltic Sea
The 1,943-kilometre-long Baltic coast is perfect for swimming, sailing, surfing, kiting, diving, fishing, walking and much, much more. The fine, sandy beaches, excellent water quality, plenty of sunshine and fresh sea breezes are perfect for families. Fashionable seaside resorts and quaint fishing villages, bustling harbours with old fishing boats and elegant cruise ships, the cry of the seagulls and aroma of smoked fish exude a maritime flair. There are numerous large and small hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and campsites inviting you to relax.
Discover the Baltic Sea: www.off-to-mv.com/en/baltic-sea
Natural wonders: the chalk coast, cranes and 2,000 lakes
The largest inland lake in Germany - the Müritz - lies in the Müritz National Park, many thousands of cranes in spring and autumn gather in the National Park of Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft, these areas together with the white chalk cliffs in the Jasmund National Park on the Island of Rügen and a few other nature parks and the UNESCO biosphere reserve, make up 1/3 of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Many areas belong to the National Natural Landscapes, two even belong to the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. They preserve the wild coast with its snow-white chalk cliffs, deep green forests with ancient tree sculptures, wild, romantic moors and reed-fringed lagoons. Observing cranes at rest, eagles at prey or bellowing stags are some of the most impressive experiences Mother Nature has to offer in Germany. If you are looking for peace and unspoilt nature, you’ll be right at home - or on holiday - here. Refuge and unspoilt nature can be found in the landscapes of the inland regions. Plus, the Mecklenburg Lakes alone unites 1,000 lakes. The rest of the state has just as many again. 26,000 kilometres of rivers and canals connect the Lakes to make Germany’s largest network of waterways. And create a unique paradise for water sports enthusiasts, anglers and swimmers, of course.
Faszinating nature: www.off-to-mv.com/en/nature
Discover the Lake District: www.off-to-mv.com/en/lake-district
The loveliest cycle paths: along the water
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers a unique holiday experience for lovers of nature and outdoor activities. The state is one of the most popular cycling regions in Germany. The Baltic Sea Cycle Route, the long distance cycling paths Berlin-Copenhagen and Hamburg-Rügen are among the most favoured ones. There are also numerous circular routes along the lakes, from palace to palace or following the Gothic brickwork trail.
Plan your cycling trip: www.off-to-mv.com/en/cycling
Ship ahoy! Be a captain without a boating licence
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern shines whith nearly 2,000 kilometres of coastline and more than 2,000 lakes. An extensive network of rivers and canals connect to create a unique paradise for water sports enthusiasts and tourists. There is a 600 kilometre-long stretch of water where motorboat captains do not even need a boating licence. Rental shops, a range of gastronomic opportunities, sport boat harbours and around 420 marinas guarantee perfect conditions for a holiday on the water.
Discover the water paradise: www.off-to-mv.com/en/boating
Natural remedies: Thalasso, chalk and moor
Every time a trip to Germany’s fresh north is booked, a hearty portion of wellness and health is automatically part of the deal. The sea water, the salty sea air, the oxygen-rich air of the coastal forests and the mild, bracing climate have an extremely vitalising effect - as do the local remedies of chalk, brine and moor. The hotels, resorts, SPAs, therapeutic centres and rehabilitation clinics are all first-class.
Relax and enjoy: www.off-to-mv.com/en/wellness
Müritz Sail in Waren (Müritz) | May | Fleet review, regattas, active sailing and entertainment on and by the water.
Hanse Sail Rostock | 2nd weekend in August | Largest maritime event in Eastern Germany with hundreds of tall ships and a million visitors from throughout the world.
Environmental photography festival “horizonte zingst“ | May to June | Exhibitions, workshops, events and encounters on topics relating to nature, culture and photography.
More events: www.off-to-mv.com/en/events
The most prominent testifiers to the heyday of the region are the grandiose Gothic brickwork cathedrals in the Hanseatic towns. Stralsund and Wismar are particularly well-preserved and belong to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. Impressive palaces in the cities of residence illustrate the 800-year-old history of the Mecklenburg Grand Dukes. The resort architecture and hundreds of manor houses and parks set their own individual mark within the region. More than 150 art and history museums showcase the rich heritage of the north and its present accomplishments. Traditional theatres and orchestras, prestigious festivals ranging from classical music to electrobeats, maritime folk festivals, fiery historical spectacles and artistic activities with hundreds of players, transform the entire state into a stage.
Experience Culture: www.off-to-mv.com/en/culture
UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site: Experience the Middle Ages
Mighty Gothic brickwork churches and magnificent town halls still bear witness to the thriving era of the Hanseatic towns even today. Bright red brickwork and Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages dominate the skyline of most cities. The Hanseatic towns of Stralsund and Wismar have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2002.
Start your city trip to the North: www.off-to-mv.com/en/towns
Neuschwanstein Castle of the North: Schwerin Palace
Find one fairytale-like palace after another in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. There are more than 2,000 palaces and manor houses, many with magnificent parks and gardens. In the state capital, Schwerin Palace sits enthroned on an island surrounded by seven lakes and is also known as The “Neuschwanstein Castle of the North”.
More about castles and architecture in the North: www.off-to-mv.com/en/architecture
Invention of the bathing phenomena: the Baltic resorts
In 1793, the Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin established the first seaside resort in Heiligendamm. Many other magnificent seaside resorts followed, the white villas and long piers dotted along the Baltic coast like a necklace of pearls. In no other state is the water as clean, the air as fresh and the forest as healthy as in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Discover the Baltic seaside resorts: www.off-to-mv.com/en/seaside-resorts
KunstOffen | Whitsun weekend | Throughout the region around 800 artists open their studios and workshops.
Störtebeker Festival on Rügen | June to September | Open air theatre on the adventures of the legendary pirate Klaus Störtebeker on Naturbühne Ralswiek.
Christmas markets | November to December | Traditional delicacies, mulled wine, handicrafts and fairground rides. The home North Germany‘s largest Christmas market is Rostock. Lovingly decorated stands and vividly coloured carousels between the brickwork facades can be found in Stralsund and Wismar. In Schwerin it is even possible to saunter leisurely until New Year‘s Eve. Small towns and manor houses put on their own Christmas markets at advent weekends to attract droves of visitors.
More events: www.off-to-mv.com/en/events
Limitless freedom and holidays to suit your tastes
A number of hotels, museums, tourist information, restaurants, cultural events, activities, beach accesses etc. are tested and suitable for people with physical, visual or hearing disabilities. Please find more information at our website or send us an e-mail if you would like more information on planning your holiday.
Waldaktie („Forest Shares“)
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern introduced forest shares in October 2008. With the symbolic purchase of a tree, or rather, a 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.
Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V.
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