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Blick auf den Timmendorfer Strand, Bild: Wolfgang Hauke / shutterstock

The most popular holiday destinations on Germany’s Baltic Sea

The summer holidays have begun and this year a holiday on Germany’s coasts continues to be very popular with holidaymakers. The demand for holiday apartments is high, as a study by the holiday home specialist holidu has found.

The most important results of the study:

  • The three most searched holiday resorts on the Baltic Sea are Kühlungsborn, Grömitz and Boltenhagen
  • Kiel, Olpenitz and Timmendorfer Strand still have the most availability
  • Hardly any accommodations left in Prerow, Heiligenhafen and on Ummanz
  • During the low season, holidaymakers on the Baltic Sea pay up to 36 percent less than in the high season
  • The Baltic Sea is the most expensive holiday region in Germany

Below we present a selection of the most beautiful holiday resorts on Germany’s Baltic Sea. We start with the most sought-after holiday resort according to the holidu study, Kühlungsborn:


Kühlungsborn is best known for its magnificent villas in the spa architecture style. These are lined up along the kilometre-long sandy beach and form the stylish beach promenade of the popular holiday and health resort.

Another highlight is the 240-metre-long pier. It is a beautiful destination for walks, the starting point for boat trips and for relaxation on one of the numerous benches above the Baltic Sea.

If you feel like strolling a little, shopping and drifting among like-minded people, you should not miss a visit to the boat harbour of Kühlungsborn. The promenade is particularly suitable for the evening hours. Numerous boutiques, small shops with souvenirs and bars adorn the path. To end the day, we recommend a cocktail on the terraces of the harbour with a view of the boats bobbing in the glittering sea.


Boltenhagen Beach
The beach of Boltenhagen, Image: Sina Ettmer Photography / shutterstock

Boltenhagen is a perfect destination for every taste due to its long and flat sandy beach on the one hand and the impressive cliffs on the other hand as well as its various accommodation options. In addition to family-run guesthouses, there are hotels of various categories as well as campsites and accommodation in villas to choose from.

The 24 guarded beach sections of Boltenhagen are each individually divided for dogs, nudist holidays and textile bathing. From the marina, holiday guests are treated to freshly caught fish every day, which is offered either freshly fried or smoked. Opportunities for shopping and a stroll through the city are available in the centre of Boltenhagen. If you like it quieter, you can relax on the 290-metre-long pier and listen to the seagulls.

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Together with Diedrichshagen, Markgrafenheide and Hohe Düne, Warnemünde is a seaside resort and district of Rostock. The area is known for its excellent water quality as well as the Warnemünde fish market. This is particularly popular on weekends. Freshly caught Baltic Sea fish and smoked fish delicacies such as eel are a popular delicacy and a must during a stay in the Baltic Sea. In addition, the atmosphere of the fish market is unique.

The beach promenade is suitable for long walks and bike tours, during which guests always have a wonderful view of the Baltic Sea as well as the stylish villas of the lake promenade. The Heinkel Villa and the building of the weather service are also eye-catchers and a perfect photo motif. Furthermore, the lighthouse of Warnemünde is a popular destination and at the same time the landmark of the seaside resort.
Numerous restaurants, cafés and small shops offer everything your heart desires. On the 14-kilometre-long sandy beach, bathers get their money’s worth. Warnemünde is suitable for a family holiday as well as honeymooners, couples or older travellers, as it has something to offer for every age group.


In Heringsdorf on the Baltic Sea island of Usedom is the longest pier in Germany, which has considerable dimensions with a length of 508 meters. From the top of the pier there is a wonderful view of the charm of Heringsdorf, which holidaymakers can catch in all its glory at this point. The Wilhelminian era is still reflected here today in the architecture along the lakeside promenade – villas as far as the eye can see.

On both sides stretches the beautiful sandy beach with its numerous beach chairs – the perfect postcard motif of a Baltic Sea holiday. A particularly stately version is located between the pier and the concert shell: There is an XXL beach chair, which is six meters wide and four meters high. Heringsdorf is known for its cultural diversity. In the high season, concerts, readings, exhibitions and theatre performances often take place.

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Rügen in Germany
There are also beautiful beaches in Germany. Here in Binz on the island of Rügen, Image: Sina Ettmer Photography / shutterstock

The largest seaside resort on the island of Rügen offers traditional charm, beautiful nature as well as numerous excursion possibilities and leisure activities. If you like hiking or cycling and can relax at the same time, you will find absolute fulfillment in Binz.
Another leisure and transport option is the Rasender Roland narrow-gauge railway. It connects Putbus, Binz, Sellin, Baabe and Göhren with each other and can therefore be used for sightseeing tours. In addition, museums, a lively town centre and many opportunities for inner regeneration are available.

A highlight in the summer months is the Störtebeker Festival in Ralswiek, which is located in the immediate vicinity of Binz. Binz is also a perfect holiday destination for a spa stay – the salty air of the Baltic Sea promotes respiratory health.

Price study Baltic Sea by holidu

Timmendorfer Strand

The Baltic Sea town of Timmendorfer Strand enjoys a very exclusive flair and gained the reputation especially because of its very attractive beach. The water is of the best quality, crystal clear and shimmers in turquoise-green colors. Ebb and flow do not dominate here, but only show their shallow side. Therefore, bathing operations will not be significantly restricted – a plus point for the Baltic Sea resort. A beach holiday in summer is ideal here, especially since the spa gardens and the spa promenade offer the necessary relaxation from stressful everyday life. The atmosphere at Timmendorfer Strand is always easy-going and relaxed. Visitors have the feeling of sitting in an open-air lounge and switch off completely after a short stay.


Prerow is located on the Fischland-Darß-Zingst peninsula chain and offers a lot of originality in extensive nature. The prevailing climate is medically recognized to be helpful for respiratory diseases, which is additionally enriched by the salty air of the Baltic Sea.

The naturalness of the region is underlined by the local construction method with thatched houses, captain’s houses and historic sailing boats along the coast. Walks and bike rides in the fresh air are just as popular as swimming along the long sandy beach in summer.