A popular holiday haven on the sparkling Baltic Coast, Heringsdorf occupies a photogenic spot on Usedom Island – Germany’s sunniest region. Known as the ‘Bathtub of Berlin’, it was historically a spa retreat for German emperors and high society, who left behind a prim portfolio of Bader-style villas and mansions. Comprised of 3 communities gilded with 12 kilometres of soft white sand, today the resort offers something for all, from beach-based R&R and family attractions, to cycling and walking trails that weave about the island’s idyllic hinterland.Things to see
Usedom Island boasts 40 blissful kilometres of fine powdery sand, a large portion of which stretches along Heringsdorf’s 3 holiday hubs: Bansin, Heringsdorf, and Ahlbeck. Laden with facilities and chairs for rental, the beach offers plenty of space for catching the rays, whilst the clean blue water lends itself to swimming, sailing, or surfing. Jutting out 508 metres into the ocean, Heringsdorf Pier is the longest of the resort’s three piers. Offering magnificent views and fresh sea air, it features a shopping centre, several eateries, and a small Shell Museum. Whilst Heringsdorf Pier has the most going on, Ahlbeck Pier is the oldest and prettiest. Dating back to the 19th century and stretching 280 metres out to sea, the traditional walkway is home to a restaurant that serves up quality cuisine with a sea view on the side. On the square in front of the pier you’ll see the Ahlbeck’s antique art nouveau clock.Hotels in
There’s a huge choice of hotels in Heringsdorf, with something for every family, couple, and budget. If that budget’s a big one however, you can take your pick from a number of luxury beachfront establishments, all offering full-service spas, or a sprawling manor hotel where you can unwind amidst chandeliered opulence. The more modestly priced hotels in Heringsdorf all aim to please too. From oceanfront villas to grand 19th century hotels, many feature swimming pools, on-site restaurants and bars, gyms, and spa facilities to boot. There’s no shortage of budget digs in town either, though they may set you a little back from the seafront.Where to stay
Whilst Bansin, Heringsdorf, and Ahlbeck all share the same beach, they each feature their own touristy amenities and characters. Established as a health hub in 1825, Heringsdorf is the oldest and most elegant of the 3, and features the most impressive architecture. Alongside its historic pier, Ahlbeck is home to a railway museum and sits just a stone’s throw from the Polish border, whilst Bansin is the youngest village and sits beside a lake. Each of the communities features its own flowery square, where band shells blare out, and fragrant restaurants overlook the ocean. Adjoining them is a picturesque seafront promenade, perfect for a stroll, cycle, or jog.How to get to Heringsdorf
Usedom Island is conveniently served by Heringsdorf Airport, a regional gateway situated around 10 kilometres from the resort. It provides seasonal domestic services to Cologne, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and Stuttgart – all of which offer links to international destinations should you need a connecting flight. When you’ve landed you can get to the resort by taxi or the airport’s bus service, whilst some hotels in Heringsdorf offer their own transfers too. If you’re arriving by train, the historic and centrally located Seebad Heringsdorf Station will be your stop.