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Beach paradises in Germany: Popular coastal destinations for summer holidays

Every year in summer, the longing for sun, beach and sea grows. For many people, the perfect summer getaway is inextricably linked to a few days at the beach and in the sun. But Germans are not always drawn to faraway places in summer. Spain, Greece and Portugal are certainly always worth a visit, but it is also worth taking a look at home. It’s not just nature lovers who like to relax in Germany . In the meantime, Germany’s beaches are also popular on social media. But where are the most popular beaches in Germany? The holiday portal Holidu has also asked itself this question and prepared an extensive study. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the results.

Germany’s most popular beaches on social media 2023

Until recently, Germany was certainly not the first country that came to mind when it came to beautiful beaches, but social media has since changed that. On Instagram, TikTok & Co., you can now discover more and more pictures of German coastal paradises. Among them are a number of insider tips. A study by Holidu has chosen the 5 top beaches in Germany. The results are:

  1. Travemünde Strand, Schleswig-Holstein
  2. Scharbeutzer Strand, Schleswig-Holstein
  3. Falkensteiner Ufer, Hamburg
  4. Kühlungsborn Beach, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania
  5. Bathing beach Grimmershörn – Bay, Lower Saxony.

These beaches have not only inspired influencers who share their experiences in numerous photos and videos on Instagram and TikTok. Holidaymakers also like to come to these beaches. But what makes these 5 beaches so special?

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Travemünde Strand, Schleswig-Holstein

In first place in the Holidu ranking is the beach of Travemünde in Schleswig-Holstein. Especially its kilometer-long sandy beach is a real sight. The wide shore with the powdery sand is the ideal backdrop for long walks at sunset. Travemünde is also very easy to reach. Lübeck-Travemünde Strand Train Station is just a 23-minute drive from Lübeck Central Station. This is perfect for combining a beach holiday with a city trip to Lübeck .

Scharbeutzer Strand, Schleswig-Holstein

The second place in the ranking can also be found in Schleswig-Holstein. At Scharbeutzer Strand, crystal-clear water awaits sun-hungry holidaymakers. In a relaxed atmosphere, visitors can stroll along the kilometre-long promenade and enjoy the fresh sea breeze. SEA LIFE on Timmendorfer Strand is also not far away, so you can make great excursions even on rainy days.

Falkensteiner Ufer, Hamburg

The nearest beach you should definitely visit in Germany is Falkensteiner Ufer, which is located east of Hamburg . This is also where city dwellers like to rest when they need a break from the hectic port city. Dog owners also appreciate the Falkensteiner Ufer. Here your four-legged friends can really let off steam.

Kühlungsborn Beach, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania

Next up is Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to the Kühlungsborn beach on the Baltic Sea coast. Only half an hour from Rostock , families with children in particular will find the perfect beach for their summer holiday here. Here the whole family can really let off steam. In addition to beach volleyball and kitesurfing, Kühlungsborn also invites you to take leisurely walks along the white beach chairs. This is authentic Baltic Sea flair.

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Bathing beach Grimmershörn – Bay, Lower Saxony

For fifth place in the Holidu ranking, it goes to Lower Saxony. Right next to Cuxhaven is the idyllic Grimmershörn beach. Here you can escape the stress of everyday life, sit in a beach chair by the sea and let your thoughts wander. Unlike all the other beaches on the list, you rest in Grimmershörn on a large green area. The sunbathing lawn is perfect for extended picnics with the whole family. On hot days, the shallow water invites you to perfect refreshment. And best of all, the nearest sandy beach, Döse Beach, is only half an hour’s walk away. A short walk for those who want to build a sandcastle every now and then.

Germany’s coasts are more popular today than ever before. The Holidu survey has shown how much social media now influence vacation planning. So if you’re planning your next summer vacation, you should check out Instagram or TikTok beforehand. Maybe there you will find the perfect destination for the whole family.