Escape: Baltic Sea

Rough sea at Heiligendamm, Ostseebad
Rough sea at Heiligendamm

December might be an unusual time to plan a weekend-Ausflug, but certainly one of the best – the early days of winter are especially hard to bear and are easier to stand when in beautiful nature – we chose, once again, the Baltic Sea. Within merely 3 hours by car you’ll visit one of the most lovely landscapes Germany has to offer.

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This time we went a little more West, closer to Hamburg, to the area between Heiligendamm and Wismar, where the beautiful Salzhaff, the peninsula Wustrow and island of Poel are located. We stayed in an old estate in the small village Roggow just at the Eastern end of the Salzhaff.

estate of family von Oertzen
The estate of family von Oertzen in Roggow

I found this place through a random Google search where I discovered this site:, where you can find even more beautiful estates. Von Oertzen’s Roggow estate dates back over 800 years and has been in the family’s possession until 1945. After the wall came down the family bought it back and is now slowly restoring it. The website is hiding all the beauty of this place behind 1995′s design – don’t let the pictures fool you, it’s a beautiful place to stay with very well furnished apartments (none of the Ferienwohnungs-deco-terror one’s used to).

Heiligendamm's resort villas
Heiligendamm’s pearls – the decaying villas of the old resort.

And then there is Heiligendamm to visit – this weird, out-of-time sea-side resort, founded as the first of its kind in 1793 by Friedrich Franz I. Its history is as rough as the sea on the day of our visit – while it was a resort for rich aristocrats with its beautiful white classicist mansions by the sea in the first decades, it faced numerous debts and bankruptcies since then, the latest being just one year ago in December of 2012. There’s a plan to restore the villas in the picture above, but as usual, the funding is questionable. Admittedly, the decaying houses turn Heiligendamm into a much more appealing visual pleasure than were it just villas restored in bright-white.

The Salzhaff
The Salzhaff
Dogs love the endless walks by the sea and through the reed

Just one downside to this very trip – I can’t recommend a place to eat. Sadly, we didn’t find a decent restaurant with a nice atmosphere and delicious dishes. Bin Luchtmaker in Rerik serves fresh and good food, but not necessarily in an atmosphere you want to spend hours in. So if you have something to suggest, I’m more than happy about your comments, because I’d love to go back.

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  1. Teamgeist on


    Brandenburg ist toll und bisschen Natur kann man auch mal nach Berlin lassen! :)

  2. Giulia on


    I’m so glad you’re discovering this very special area and giving it a little publicity. My husband and I bought a house in the village of Parstein next to the lake several years ago that we’re renovating by hand. We were married at Kloster Chorin and at the village church.

    I recently recorded a story for Berlin Stories about Parstein and one of our farmer friends there. Have a listen if you have the time!

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      wow, thanks for the link! immediately included it in our berlin link list and shared it on fb

  3. Giulia on


    And thanks again for sharing it! Get in touch next time you’re up there: you have my email address :)

  4. Lifnik on


    Greetings from Hong Kong.
    Thank you for letting me know more about another face of Berlin. I really enjoy it.
    Ich liebe Berlin! :)

  5. Nicola on


    Oh, das klingt toll und das möchte ich mir auf jeden Fall mal anschauen. Ich kenne aus Rhein-Main den Demeterhof „Dottenfelderhof“. Auch ein besonderer Ort.

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