Duration: approx. 90 minutes without stops (not a guided tour)
Strandbahnhof – Kaiserallee – Brodtener Steilufer – Strandpromenade – Brügmanngarten – Passat – lighthouse – Vogtei – St. Lorenz-Kirche – fishing harbour
Start where summer holidays always began in the past: at the Strandbahnhof train station! Follow the road to the sea and turn left into Kaiserallee. It is known for its beautiful examples of seaside architecture and its 120-year-old lime trees – a symbol of Travemünde. In total, there are 1,014 of these box-shaped, broad-leafed trees here – 605 in the Kaiserallee alone.
At the end of the street turn right onto the Strandpromenade, then keep left until you get to the Brodtener Steilufer. Its picturesque, bizarre cliff-face has been created by the sea. The Baltic has been eating away at the coast for thousands of years. More than a metre of cliff is lost every year. It is washed away by the waves and re-accumulates as sand on Travemünde's beach.
Now walk back along the water towards the Strandpromenade. Once you have left the splendour of the luxury Columbia Hotel Casino Travemünde behind you, on your right-hand side you'll see the Brügmanngarten. Open-air concerts on warm summer evenings create a romantic atmosphere here, while in winter the Travemünde Neujahrsgarten (New Year garden) is a lovely place to visit (26th December – 01st January).
Now board the passenger ferry to the Priwall – once aboard walk to the starboard side (right), so that the Passat, the great pride of Travemünde lies before you. The four-masted barque has belonged to the Hanseatic City of Lübeck since 1959 and, following thorough restoration, is now used as a floating museum and event venue. Seen enough?
The ferry will bring you back to the Travemünde side. Walk past the former rescue station and turn right to the lighthouse, the oldest in Germany. Now you're on Travemünde's smart shopping street along the water, the Vorderreihe. There's plenty of space for strolling between the old gable houses and the Trave.
The most beautiful building is the restored Alte Vogtei at Vorderreihe 7 with its artistic late baroque entrance. This was once the home of the Vogt, the harbour master and keeper of the light beacon. Today, the historic building houses a restaurant and artists' café, a wine bar and a gallery. The sea fortress was “converted” at the start of the 19th century and became a seaside resort.
Behind the Vogtei turn right towards the St. Lorenz-Kirche church. After that, at Jahrmarktstraße 13, you'll find what is probably the oldest house in Travemünde. The beautiful half-timbered building dates from the 16th century. Further equally beautiful and typical former fishermen's and sailors' cottages await you on Torstraße and Kurgartenstraße. Turn right from Jahrmarktstraße onto Baggersand – now you've reached the fishing harbour. You can buy fresh fish here directly from the boat or satisfy your hunger with a delicious fish roll.