Usedom - Kick Back Under the Blue Baltic Skies
Location: (More Than) a Beach Paradise
Once nicknamed “Berlin’s Bathtub”, it is only a short hop from the city of Greifswald and around 2.5 hours by car from Berlin. The island is connected by bridge and ferry to the European mainland, as well as by the local airport in Heringsdorf. While Usedom’s German side makes up the bulk of the territory, the Polish section is actually more populated. This island’s Baltic coast is dotted with seaside getaways, but the hinterlands offer lagoon landscapes, untouched forests, and small villages, all with their own appeal.
Business: A True Tourist Economy
Tourism forms the bulk of Usedom’s economy, thanks to a prime location, clean beaches, and of course, the outstanding amount of sunshine. Luxury resorts, hotels, bed & breakfasts, and restaurants abound, while many other companies offer tours and various leisure services. Additional local industries include retail, agriculture, fishing, and food processing.
Culture: Seaside Charm at Every Turn
As a warm, sunny island, it’s no surprise that Usedom enjoys a prominent status as Germany’s major domestic holiday spot. Seaside towns like Zinnowitz and Heringsdorf have developed their own quaint cultures, and those exploring the island will find something unique to every location. Art and architecture are prized here – from St. Peter’s Church in Benz to the Botanical Gardens in Mellenthin, to the Dannenfeldt Mausoleum in Mönchow, Usedom’s culture is diverse and beautiful.
Activities: Recreation for Every Energy Level
While there’s plenty to see on Usedom for the energetic explorer, don’t be afraid to let your hair down and simply relax. Adventurous types can have their pick of numerous hiking and biking trails, or pop from town to town to taste the local flavor. For the others, take advantage of plentiful pearl-white beaches, health spas, museums, and exhibitions. Whatever your preference, enjoy a backdrop of beauty unparalleled anywhere else in Germany.