It was here where people discovered the summer retreat 200 years ago. What was once reserved for a select few holidaymakers is nowadays available to all – sun worshippers, fortune seekers, families and singles.
The first stop in Travemünde is the Welcome Center inside the train station Strandbahnhof, where you can pick up all the info you need about Travemünde and also buy some souvenirs from the cute assortment for your loved ones at home.
But for here and now, check out the chic range of ladies’ evening and office wear at Osterburg Fashion.
You’ll find some equally chic lingerie at Julis Wäschestübchen. There’s a huge variety of designer underwear here – from the practical to the ultra-sophisticated.
You can get a trendy haircut to match your outfit at Nils Larsen Salon along with the perfect manicure.
While on holiday you must send a card to those left behind – postcards, fountain pens and envelopes are available at Karl Gärtner’s as well as toys to keep you occupied on the beach.
You’re barely out of the door, but you can probably already notice the yummy smoked-fish smell wafting over from Fisch Wöbke.
With a tasty eel in tow, it’s onward to Sternchen, a multifaceted children's wear specialist. You’re guaranteed to find the right romper suit, tights or fashion beachwear for the little ones here.
More pretentious is the work of Kramer Schmuckstücke: The age-old jewellery makers – operating since 1771 – supply jewellery shops in Germany, Europe and the US. The entire huge collection of fresh, cutting edge creations is on display at the original store in Travemünde.
More demure than bold, but graceful all the same, is the fashion that attracts all gazes at the Seebadmuseum . Of course these bathing suits come from the 19th century – a time when swimming in the sea still needed to be prescribed by doctors. With its many historical components, you have to have seen this exhibition in order to be able to understand the spirit of Travemünde.
Also leading you into a past world when the sea was rough and the bread was scarce is St. Lorenz church, the fishermen’s church in the old village centre.
Then it’s back to the present and into the organic shop Haferkorn, where you will find natural cosmetics alongside tasty, wholesome cheese and milk, as well as fresh fruit, vegetables and buns.
Because men cannot live on bread alone, pop into Wohnideen Pier 3, the furnishing specialists on the waterfront.
Now back to the pleasures of the flesh: the old police station, named Alte Vogtei, now houses a cosy café. The 450-year-old building was lavishly renovated, and during the renovations, original Renaissance ceiling paintings came to light. Under that ceiling, alongside the Café zur Alten Vogtei you will find an artists’ studio upstairs and the Lübecker Teekontor. You can try one of the aromatic teas or enjoy a fresh coffee here.
If you have more of an appetite, we recommend the Casablanca a couple of doors down. Just like in an Italian Trattoria on the Mediterranean you can enjoy fresh “pasta e pizza” with a view of the water and the bay here.
Spectacles can serve well for a perfect vision. You find those and other, as well for a sunny day on the beach, at Badura Optik.
To smarten themselves up, men visit Pier 27, the fashion store catering to all generations with hip brand names like Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss, Cinque and more.
Meanwhile, your better-half can have a look around at Art & Decor next door. The pink and white decor in this enchanting furnishing specialist’s will magically transport her to Never-Never Land. And despite its focus, there’s also a small range of beachwear for mother and daughter here.
At Elatus, a few doors down, you’ll find reading material for sunbathing excursions: magazines in all categories as well as the latest bestsellers – and of course some pretty postcards too! You’re also invited to scan through any books that take your fancy in the cosy reading corner.
If you want to pamper yourself even more, visit Schuback, where you’ll find top quality cosmetic treatments along with the finest scents.
No less fine is the fashion at Adam & Eva. Perfectly suited to its location, namely near the water, this little gem of a boutique offers maritime-themed clothing for him and her.
Need a refreshment? At Gelateria Campion you have the choice between a gigantic cup of ice cream and a classic cone.
There’s also a great selection on offer for men at Herrenkommode: Ranging from slick to sporty, for the beach and the city – you will find only top quality brands here.
Right next door at Boutique Matzen you’ll find the best known labels for maritime casuals, such as Lacoste, Marc’O Polo and more. While your husband is busy with blazers and matching ties, you can move on to For You, where brands such as Only, Vero Moda, Miss Sixty and others are represented.
Once back together, you can visit Matzen, Travemünde’s only department store. You’ll find everything here that you can’t find anywhere else – and much, much more. The free parking spots around the back are also practical.
Out the front begins the “Leuchtenfeld” – named after Travemünde’s Lighthouse. Germany’s oldest lighthouse has marked the port’s entry since 1534. Today there’s a maritime museum inside. If you’re feeling fit, you can climb the 142 steps up to the old beacon and enjoy the panorama view on the bay.
You’ve probably already noticed the mighty four-masted barque across the way. It’s the “Passat”, the symbol of Travemünde, which can be viewed daily during high season. You can get there quickly by taking the Priwall ferry. Stepping aboard the steel-hulled windjammer from 1911 transports you back to the era of tall ships, which travelled the seven seas come wind, rain or shine. An expert guide will explain to you that the ship’s original occupants saw little romance in this way of life. For the crew, a life at sea meant hard work in cold and stormy conditions.
With this in mind, you can warm yourself at the Café über den Wolken, the highest café in the seaside resort. Perched on the top floor of the Hotel Maritim, it offers unparalleled views of the Baltic Sea all the way to the spires of Lübeck.
The beach promenade, Travemünde’s famous walking path by the sea, begins just to the left of the Maritim. She shines in new splendour and invites guests to stay and enjoy.
For a longer walk that’s definitely worth it, head to the steep coast of Brodten: Some of the natural attractions here are the steep cliff edge and rambling, wild surrounds.
The fresh sea breeze will help you work up an appetite: For dinner with a stylish atmosphere, reserve a table at the gourmet restaurant La Belle Epoque at the Columbia Hotel Casino Travemünde , or at the Buddenbrooks restaurant at the Grand SPA Resort A-ROSA - awarded with two Michelin stars.