Summer is almost here!! You are probably starting to get anxious for those poolside vibes and sitting on the beach with a drink in your hand. I am already starting to stock up on new summer accessories which I can’t wait to share 🙂 But where to go this year for that sunny getaway? When you are thinking beach vacation your first thoughts may not be to head to Germany but, I bet you also would have never guessed this view is one of the beautiful white sand beaches along the East Sea coast in Germany.Near the coast in northern Germany are the cities of Lübeck, Travemünde, Niendorf, and Timmendorfer Strand which are all perfect for a relaxed beach summer getaway! If you are traveling through Europe this summer and need a break from all the hustle and bustle of the big cities, this is where to go. The best time to go is late July through August when the weather is at its best and the water has warmed up just enough to take a refreshing dip. Here are all the awesome things to do and where to stay when visiting this awesome coastline!
Take a walk along the promenade right along the coast of Travemünde Beach (about 20 min from Lübeck city center) for awesome views of the sea and beach with its iconic wicker beach chairs. Rent your own for only a few Euros and chill in the shade of its canopy with your toes in the sand.
Timmendorfer Beach has spectacular turquoise waters with lots of sandy space to lay out and work on your tan. This one is the most popular among the tourists who want to relax and live the resort lifestyle with everything right on the beach. Beach volleyball and paddle boating are two of the top activities to try out here. A lot of the paddle boats even had slides on them!!
Niendorf beach is a bit smaller than the others but has the option for kitesurfing and a great pier to enjoy the view from.
Our favorite activity was biking the coastal path that goes through all the beach towns. It will take about 45 min or a bit longer if you stop to take photos of the beautiful views :).
You will find the larger city of Lübeck about 20 minutes from the coast full of amazing sights and things to do in summer. The top attraction is the Holstentor which, when built in 1464, was a large city gate marking the western boundary of the city. The city hall is also a sight to see with its candy colored details and multiple spires.
If you happen to be a marzipan fan, this is what Lübeck is famous for. The Niederegger Marzipan flagship store is in Lübeck and is always full of tourists stocking up on fun chocolate marzipan treats! If you are in need of some delicious and unique souvenirs, this would be where to head.Summer time is also quite festive here and there is a good chance you’ll find an outdoor concert to enjoy and
SEAFOOD AND CAFES
We made an afternoon coffee break at Cafe Bar in Lübeck which was a chic and relaxed little cafe with delicious drinks. It was a great place to regain a bit of energy before continuing our tour through the city.
You can be sure along the coast that the seafood is exceptional. There are multiple fish fry restaurants but the best ones we found are between Timmendorfer Strand and Niendorf on our bike ride. The delicious fried fish above is from Klüvers Fish. This restaurant is nautically decorated, has a great area to sit outside, and is right next to the marina for a great view. Amazing!
WHERE TO STAY
Here you can find everything from 5-star resort living to cozy beach AirBnb to budget camping options. Hotel A-rosa (above) is right on Travemünde’s Beach and comes with the works. Spa, restaurants, and live entertainment daily are just a few of the perks you’ll find here.
For something a little more budget friendly, check out AirBnb for great options and many of which have the beach right out the front door!
Camping can also be a great option and is the perfect budget saver option. Try Ivendorf Campsites with an Italian restaurant right on site. It was seriously delicious! And it is also only a 20 minute bike ride from the beach or 10 with a car!
Have you visited any other beaches in Germany? Share below!!
And pin this article to come back to when planning that European summer vacation 🙂