The 10 most beautiful beaches in Germany
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These are the most beautiful beaches in the country!
“Do you want to keep rambling? Look, the good is so close.” So how about just following Goethe’s advice and visiting the most beautiful beaches in Germany! With their idiosyncratic charm, which you won’t find anywhere else, they lure you to the Baltic Sea, North Sea or simply to the nearest lake.
1. Sylt, Schleswig-Holstein
Germany’s northernmost island is known as the “Queen of the North Sea” thanks to its fascinating diversity. In the east of Sylt is the Wadden Sea and in the west the sea lures with some of the most beautiful beaches in Germany: A fine sandy beach stretches almost 40 km along the west coast and thus offers enough space for sun-seekers: The wide Wenningstedt beach is ideal for families and the exotic Sounding beaches “Samoa” or “Zanzibar” offer fine white sandy beaches. As a visitor, you should definitely take a look at the “Red Cliff” near Kampen pictured above to enjoy the sunset there in all its glory!
2. Bay of Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania
The Bay of Lübeck on the Baltic Sea has three of the most beautiful beaches in Germany to offer: Timmendorfer Strand, Scharbeutzer Strand and Grömitzer Strand, a little further north (which is not far from the imposing dune beach near Dahme). The southern beach of Pelzerhaken (pictured above) offers the finest sand, is not too crowded and faces the sun all day long. But if you want more than just lazing around, you can look at lighthouses or go for a walk on the pier near Scharbeutz. For lunch, it’s best to stop by the fishing village of Sierksdorf, where there is fresh fish every day!
3. Usedom, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania
Usedom offers a 45 km long coast with some of the most beautiful beaches that our homeland has to offer. Above all, the three imperial baths, amber baths and Baltic Sea baths are well-known, of which Zempin – one of the four amber baths and at the same time the smallest sea bath in Usedom – will particularly appeal to holidaymakers who want little hustle and bustle. You can always find a quiet spot somewhere. Usedom is very diverse and offers something for every type of holiday – from horseback riding to cycling, from wellness to culinary delights.
4. St. Peter-Ording, Schleswig-Holstein
Thanks to its own sulfur spring, St. Peter-Ording bears the sole title of “North Sea spa and sulfur bath” and has earned a place on the list of the most beautiful beaches in Germany. The 12 km long beach is completely flat, which means that at low tide you can walk a long way before you reach the water. The beach is very popular (also with kite surfers) and you can park your car directly on the beach, which is quite unusual. Nonetheless, you can find quiet stretches away from the main bathing spots and with so many unusual features (sulphur spring, parking lot beach and super flat) it’s a must-see beach, isn’t it?
5. Amrum, Schleswig-Holstein
The North Sea island of Amrum, just south of Sylt, is the tenth largest island in Germany and borders directly on the Wadden Sea on the east side. In the west of the “Island of Freedom” you will find the Kniepsand, a sandbank in front of the island with an area of 10 km², which merges directly into the dunes of Amrum – the island’s flora and fauna is very diverse thanks to this extraordinary mixture of natural landscapes unique.
6. Hiddensee, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania
Hiddensee only has an area of about 17 km² and is completely car-free, which means you have to park your car directly at the harbor or in a guarded parking lot and then continue either on foot, by bike, horse or small train. So you can start your holiday on Hiddensee completely stress-free! The entire west coast of the island is a long sandy beach surrounded by dunes and is largely natural. No wonder, then, that it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Germany. The beach sections near Vitte, Kloster and Neuendorf are guarded and cleaned regularly. The area near Vitte is particularly popular because it falls flat into the sea and is therefore particularly suitable for families! There is also a section reserved for nudists.
7. Juist, Lower Saxony
Juist is one of the seven inhabited East Frisian islands and is considered one of the most idyllic islands in northern Germany. Of course you can also look forward to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country! The island is approximately 17 km long and offers an equally long stretch of white sand beach that is fully accessible and ideal for walking. Driving is also not allowed on Juist, so around 100 horses take over the transport service, which makes a holiday there a relaxing, restful experience!
8. Rügen, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania
On this island, beach holidaymakers have the beach practically everywhere in front of the door: As the largest island in Germany, Rügen offers around 60 km of beaches, wonderful national parks, well-visited Baltic Sea resorts and idyllic areas. The Baltic Sea resort of Binz deserves a special mention. The chalk coast shown above is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Beech Forests and has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Baltic Sea. With around 1800 hours of sunshine per year, Rügen is one of the sunniest regions in Germany and visitors can expect temperatures of up to 30 degrees as early as May.
9. Rostock, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania
The Baltic Sea beaches near Rostock also belong in the list of the most beautiful beaches in Germany: the Warnemünde beach is up to 80 meters wide and offers heavenly fine sand. There is pure relaxation in the seaside health resort of Graal-Müritz. It offers the right mix of sea and forest air, making it the ideal getaway. In spring there is a colorful rhododendron park festival – a superlative play of colours!
10. Bodensee & Chiemsee, Bavaria
It doesn’t always have to be the Baltic Sea or the North Sea. The Chiemsee – the “Bavarian Sea” – offers enough beautiful beaches to just relax and enjoy the cool water. The Herreninsel, an island on the lake, offers numerous hiking trails for long walks and a visit to the Herrenchiemsee New Palace. The popular Lake Constance also attracts sunbathing during the bathing season, while the more active among you have the opportunity to go sailing, windsurfing and swimming.
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