"Enjoy the Baltic Coast & the German Lake District" Germany Things to Do Tip by DanielF

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Mecklenburg ? Western Pomerania is one of the so called new Federal States, created after the German reunification. It comprises two different regions: the western part of Pomerania (the one which remained under German sovereignty after WW II) and the former Duchy of Mecklenburg.

This part of the country is one of the most pleasant for the tourist and the counterpoint to the industrial splendor of other regions. Compared to other States, Mecklenburg-Wester Pomerania is not very densely populated and feels mostly rural, with large extensions of forests, farmlands and lakes.

The 1 700 km. long coast on the Baltic Sea has traditionally been one of the preferred Summer destinations for Germans, but even in high Summer, there are few places where it feels overwhelmingly really crowded. Of course, not that I would swim in the Baltic Sea, but the windswept beaches are nice and there are several nature reserves along the coast and on the different islands, including Rügen, which is the largest in Germany.

The interior of the State is Germany's Lake District, as the pleasant scenery is composed of rolling hills, forests and not less than 2 000 lakes.

Schwerin, the State capital, is beautifully located among lakes and has an impressive Baroque water-palace and a nice historical area. Several other cities have preserved a strong Hanseatic flavour, with large Gothic constructions made of brick. Some of them, like Wismar and Stralsund are even listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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  • Updated Nov 22, 2007
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