Perfect days don’t come along all that often. But when everything goes right and you get one of “those” days. . . oh what a day!
Warnemunde Germany, the sister city to Rostock, is situated in northern Germany along the Baltic coast. To say it is a city tied to the sea would be an understatement! Everywhere you look there are reminders that this is a maritime city.
Founded in 1200, Warnemunde was purchased by Rostock in 1323 to ensure access to the Baltic Sea. The old channel is lined with restaurants, pubs, traditional fishing boats and shops that were once cottages of fishermen. There are two jetty’s each with lighthouses at the ends but there is also an older lighthouse dating back to 1897 which is one of the symbols of Warnemunde.
To begin my exploration of Warnemunde I decided to wander through the city. I walked past shops full of wonderful souvenirs, beautiful houses and checked out the local church a neo-gothic beauty dating back to 1866 which also contains artifacts from the older church that once graced the village.
Now it was time to stroll along the promenade to the lighthouse, sand and sea! As I wandered I was amazed at the number of boats heading out of the harbor for a day sailing the Baltic. The day was mostly blue skies with puffy clouds, sun and wind! A perfect day for sailing.
Once I made it to the end of the promenade, I sat for awhile on the rocks just to watch the ships and enjoy feeling the sun on my face!
After awhile I noticed my stomach was growling which meant it was time for lunch! But first I needed to walk along the broad sandy beach that is the largest on Germany’s Baltic coast and even place my feet in the water! As I walked, I noticed families with young children playing in the water, many other tourists like me and children of all ages flying kites!
It seems like a lot of people thought this was a perfect day!
Arriving at the Teepott restaurant, an example of East German architecture, I opted for a table outside overlooking the sand. As I relaxed I enjoyed a wonderful bowl of lobster soup, salad, and, of course, a Rostocker Beer!
It was now time to make my way back to the train station stopping by many shops looking for that perfect gift to bring home with me!
As the train whisked me back to Rostock I was able to sit back and savor my day – the sun, the wind, the salty sea air, the sound of the sea gulls, the boats, the peace and calm that comes from the sound of the ocean!
Yes it was a perfect day!