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On the sunny side of Germany Usedom, the sunniest island in Germany, is always worth a visit. Nestled in the Baltic Sea’s Pomeranian Bay, it is blessed with beautiful landscapes and offers a wide range of activities. TEXT: NADINE CARSTENS I PHOTOS: USEDOM TOURISMUS GMBH I NATURHAFEN KRUMMIN I DIRK BLEYER
Forty-two kilometres of sandy beach, 2,000 hours of sunshine each year, beautiful landscapes and a fine spa culture: Usedom, the second biggest Pomeranian island, is one of Germany’s major holiday and recreation resorts. All over the year, tourists love to come here for sunbathing, walking along the coastline feeling the fine-grained sand under their feet, or to go cycling. Since the Baltic Sea Island is just two and a half hours away from Berlin, it is also the weekend destination of choice for many city slickers. “Families with children are some of Usedom’s most frequent visitors,”says Dörthe
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Hausmann, CEO at Usedom Tourism (Usedom Tourismus GmbH).“The reason is that there is a great range of leisure time activities as well as accommodations, which are tailored to families of every constellation.” Some of which also received the seal of quality GUSTAV from the Tourism Association in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania for their family-friendly lodging.“This target group of ours especially enjoys the endless beach: children have fun playing in the sand, building sandcastles. Plus, they can swim cheerfully in the soft waves of the Baltic Sea,” Hausmann says. According to her, Usedom is always worth a visit, at any
time of year. From June to September, the island is enclosed in a particularly beautiful light, while the days become longer and nights are short. But in winter, you have endless beaches and the sea for yourself. Visitors get their money’s worth, Hausmann is convinced.“Young and old, guests of fivestar hotels and people who like camping, as well as sport nuts and tourists seeking recreation will all have a great time here. Everyone will certainly find his or her personal hideaway in different places on the island.” Those, who want to get a feel of the island can also rent a bike and ride along the beautiful promenade. Hiking and doing water sports are two further activities travellers enjoy. Usedom also has a very good public transport connection: you can reach the resort island via car, intercity bus, the German railway or by plane.
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