Bad Doberan Travel Guide

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Bad Doberan Overview

Bad Doberan offers two major attractions: the M√ľnster church, one of the most marvelous examples of brick gothic architecture, and the Molli, a steam train that runs right through the streets of the town.

In 1186 Cistercian monks founded the abbey, which is the core of today's town. According to legends Duke Heinrich Borwin I. of Mecklenburg had vowed the foundation of a monastery in the very spot where the first stag would be killed on the next hunting trip. While the hunting party were still discussing the suitability of the location, a swan flew by and called, "dobr, dobr" - the Slavic word for "good". Stag and swan are depicted in the town's crest. Sculptures of the swan, wearing a crown round his neck, can be seen in front of and inside the church.

In the late 18th century Doberan became the summer residence of the Granddukes of Mecklenburg. Many buildings in the town centre date from those times.

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