Gilded with gorgeous beaches, Medieval Warnemunde is a popular holiday spot. Spend the day lounging on the sands or climb to the top of the lighthouse to enjoy the views over the Baltic Sea. If your ship is in port for more than a few hours, you can also visit the German capital, Berlin.
• Take a relaxing stroll through Warnemunde’s Medieval streets and call in at St Mary’s Church to hear its amazing Baroque organ and see the world’s oldest astronomical clock.
• Hop aboard the narrow-gauge steam train, Molli, for a truly old-fashioned ride. Then pop into one of the many homely cafés for hearty German fare washed down with a stein of beer.
• Spend the day exploring Germany’s capital. See the famous Brandenburg Gate. Eat Wiener Schnitzel in a backstreet bolthole. Or click your heels on the polished floors of the famous KaDeWe department store.
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The Minster & the Molli Train►
You’ll be steaming past picturesque countryside on a traditional German train today, so you’ll want to keep your camera at the ready. A scenic drive through former East Germany to the Minster of Bad Doberan’s first on the agenda. Constructed out of red brick, this charming church is one of the best examples of North European Gothic architecture, so catching a few snaps is a must-do. You’ll then continue to the station of the narrow-gauge, steam railway – known as the Molli. Board the train and puff your way through forests and past little villages to Kuhlungsborn. This pretty seaside town’s the ideal spot for taking a stroll along the beach, and sipping a cup of coffee at one of the seafront hotels.
Germany’s capital has symbols of the past around every corner, and this driving tour gives you the chance to take a closer look at the must-sees. First up is one of the headliners – the Berlin Wall. It was built in the Sixties to separate the nation’s East and West, and stood for nearly 30 years. After ticking this off your list, you’ll move on to Checkpoint Charlie. Also on the agenda are Bebel Platz – where the Nazis ordered a mass book-burning back in 1933 – and Potsdamer Platz – where the first wall gap was made. There’ll be a stop at the Holocaust Memorial, too, and a photo call at the imposing Brandenburg Gate. Your lunch, meanwhile, is at one of the city’s cosy pubs, where you’ll tuck in to a traditional German meal. Shopping time’s factored in as well, to pick up souvenirs to take home.
Rostock & The K.G.B.►
Right in the heart of Germany’s holiday region is Rostock, a city that’s been dubbed the hidden treasure of the Baltic. A boat ride up the Warnow river will place you just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre. Here, you’ll set off on a guided walking tour that ticks off all the best bits of the city. Visit the beautiful St. Mary's Church, amazingly unharmed by the devastation of World War II. Take a look at the enormous astronomic clock, which has a 1472 birthdate. And see places like the City Hall, the university and the Medieval gate, Kropeliner Tor. After that, it’s time to visit the KGB Museum. This old pre-trial prison belonged to the Ministry of State Security and housed political prisoners awaiting sentence. Your guide will show you the original prison cell block and fill you in on what life was like here.