Warnemünde Day Trip: 15 Km of White Sandy Beaches

Warnemünde Day Trip

A Warnemünde day trip may be the unexpected highlight of your summer.

Craving Vitamin Sea? A Warnemünde day trip may just be the answer! I spent 3 years in Germany without knowing that, just 2.5 hours from Berlin, I can get a proper beach experience. Having lived in Australia and grown up partially in the South of France, I’m a little bit of a beach snob. So when I heard Germans praising the Baltic Sea, I kind of shrugged it off.

Until I went on a Warnemünde day trip, almost by accident. I was planning to go to Rostock, and figured I would check out the coastal town, some 20 minutes away by train. Turns out I spent much more time in Warnemünde than Rostock. Here’s why!

Warnemünde Day Trip
A Warnemünde day trip is always worth it when the sun is shining.

Warnemünde history & overview

Warnemünde’s story goes back to the 13th century, but the quiet fishing village only became a sought-after resort town in the 1800s. Aristocrats from across Germany began flocking to the coast for their summer holidays, paving the way for local tourism that even the communist era could not dampen. Today, Warnemünde is still primarily a hotspot for German tourists, although international cruise liners have added this port to their itinerary.

Some people may think cruise stop, and right away, assume the worst. Crowded streets, dirty, touristy, overpriced. But I discovered a stylish, chic village that seems to be a mix of cobblestone lanes, cute beach houses, and cross-streets where locals live, with lots of parks and green spaces.

Maybe because of Corona, or because early June is not yet peak season, the village was relatively quiet. And spotless! I was surprised at just how clean every street was. As always, however, during peak season, I would recommend getting to town as early as possible in the day to avoid said cruise traffic.

Don’t miss pretty Alexandrinenstrasse on your Warnemünde day trip.

What can you do on your Warnemünde day trip?

Go to the beach!

Bring your beach gear and head for the waterfront. If you arrive by train as I did, do not walk towards the water that you see when you get out of the station. This is an industrial port, and the strip of land does not have any bridges, so you’ll have to walk all the way back. Thinking I could wing it without Google Maps, I made this mistake and lost a good half hour! Instead, make sure you cross Bahnhofsbrücke. This is the only bridge connecting the train station to the town and beach. To access the beach, walk through the village towards the lighthouse (this is well-indicated).

Rent an iconic Strandkorb.

Holiday in true German style and hire a Strandkorb, (which literally translates to beach basket). On top of being so cute, these covered boxes protect from the sun without taking away from the view, and provide a seat for the day for about 11€. The Strandkorb was invented in Warnemünde back in the mid-1800s and stuck, now a true part of any Ostsee holiday. These seats can be rented from one of the many stands lining the shore.

Introducing the Strandkorb, a Warnemünde invention.

Explore the sand dunes.

Yes, real sand dunes make up the easternmost side of the beach, closest to the lighthouse. Dig your toes into the fine white sand and spend as long as you’d like listening to the sound of the waves. The sand dunes are a bit removed from the immediate action-packed waterfront, affording the impression of total privacy.

Warnemünde sand dunes.

Go for a walk or bike ride.

Warnemünde is at the edge of a 15 km stretch of white sand, the longest uninterrupted strip in Germany. If you have time, wander as far as your feet can carry you, leaving most holidaymakers and Strandkorb behind. It is also possible to rent a bike in town, although many people choose to bring their own. (Cyclists are welcome on the Deutsche Bahn in certain carriages).

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Try a water sport or fly a kite.

Warnemünde is a great spot for water sports of all kinds. Rent a kayak, stand up paddle board, or canoe, and explore the waters close to shore. The wind conditions are also (often) optimal for flying kites and kite surfing.

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