Heiligendamm Travel Guide

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Heiligendamm Overview

Heiligendamm, located on the coast of Mecklenburg northwest of Rostock is Germany's oldest seaside resort. Duke Friedrich Franz von Mecklenburg founded Heiligendamm in 1793. In those times the healthy effects of sea water and sea air were first discovered and praised.

The Mecklenburg court spent the summers in Bad Doberan. The distance to the beach in Heiligendamm was first covered by horse-drawn carriages, but these were too slow and not efficient enough for the increasing number of visitors. In 1886 a train connection from Bad Doberan to Heiligendamm was established. At first the trains operated only during the summer months. Since the railway line has been extended westward to Brunshaupten and Arendsee, now K├╝hlungsborn, trains run all year round. You can still travel like people did 100 years ago on the Molli train, a narrow gauge steam railway.

Heiligendamm is known as The White Town by the Sea. Most buildings have been erected in the first half of the 19th century. The settlement has
preserved its neoclassical appearance. The main buildings belong to the Grand Hotel and are well restored. However, some parts are not white any more but rather grey. The state of the row of villas along the beach is
a shame.

Visiting Heiligendamm is worthwhile for people who are interested in history and architecture. Otherwise, there is not much to see and one hour is enough, to be honest. "Ordinary" people have no access to the premises of the Grand Hotel. Rumours that the whole of Heiligendamm is fenced off are not true, though. You can walk the beach promenade, walk the pier, and use the beach east of the pier (Kurtaxe is to be paid).

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