Family Holiday by the Sea in Kühlungsborn

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Kühlungsborn beach

Around the turn from the 18th to the 19th century, doctors discovered how healthy a holiday at the sea is for both body and soul. The oldest seaside resort in Germany, Heiligendamm, was founded a few kms east of Kühlungsborn. Other villages by the sea wanted to participate in the boom but transporting visitors on horse-drawn carriages was a nuisance. Only after the railway line from Bad Doberan to Heiligendamm was extended further west, the villages on the coast became busy seaside resorts.

Kühlungsborn actually consists of three old villages: Brunshaupten and Arendsee on the coast and Fulgen further inland. In 1938 they were united and named Kühlungsborn.

Promenade in Kühlungsborn-West
Brunshaupten became Kühlungsborn-Ost, Arendsee became Kühlungsborn-West. The new town got its name after the Kühlung, a nearby chain of hills a chain of hills located a few kms inland. This is a popular area for hiking with beech forests and viewpoints. The highest 'peak' reaches a height of some 130 m above sea level.

Kühlungsborn still has two centres. Strandstraße is the main street of Kühlungsborn-Ost. Here is where the souvenir, clothes and beach stuff shops are, and also several restaurants and cafes. Kühlungsborn-West has its busiest area around Kolonnaden and Hermannstraße.

The two village centres are connected by a long beach promenade and a street along which many hotels and guesthouses established. Many of them sport the so-called „Bäderarchitektur“ which is so typical for the seaside resorts on the coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Omi on a bench in Kühlungsborn

Righ behind there is the Stadtwald. Kühlungsborn’s green heart covers about one square kilometre. The town has grown around this piece of forest. The shady paved trails are popular for biking, walking, and all kinds of exercise. There are playgrounds, a rope climbing garden, sports fields and many other outdoor activities.

Grandma had invited my parents and myself for a one-week family holiday. Years earlier she had visited Kühlungsborn, still with now defunct Grandpa, and she had long wanted to return. Due to her walking difficulties – she had to use a walker – she needed assistance which she secured by inviting us. We stayed at a fine hotel right on the beach promenade where we also had breakfast and dinner. Since our activity levels differed, they kindly gave me some time off for more sightseeing and for a day trip to Rostock. But we spent a lot of quality time together. Thank you Omi for the holiday!

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Kühlungsborn beach
Kühlungsborn beach
Promenade in Kühlungsborn-West
Promenade in Kühlungsborn-West
Omi on a bench in Kühlungsborn
Omi on a bench in Kühlungsborn
The hill chain called Kühlung
The hill chain called Kühlung
Ostseeallee
Ostseeallee
Centre of Kühlungsborn-West
Centre of Kühlungsborn-West
Strandstraße, centre of Kühlungs…
Strandstraße, centre of Kühlung…
Strandstraße meets the beach prom…
Strandstraße meets the beach pro…
Typical architecture of the Baltic…
Typical architecture of the Balti…
Typical architecture of the Baltic…
Typical architecture of the Balti…
Typical architecture of the Baltic…
Typical architecture of the Balti…
Typical architecture of the Baltic…
Typical architecture of the Balti…
Typical architecture of the Baltic…
Typical architecture of the Balti…
Typical architecture of the Baltic…
Typical architecture of the Balti…
Typical architecture of the Baltic…
Typical architecture of the Balti…
Kühlungsborn-West
Kühlungsborn-West
Stadtwald
Stadtwald
Seagulls are everywhere
Seagulls are everywhere
seagull
seagull
Seagulls on the beach
Seagulls on the beach
Seagull at sunset
Seagull at sunset
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