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Travemünde

Travemünde

Travemünde (literally Trave’s Mouth) is a small town 20 km (12 miles) north of Lübeck. It was bought by Lübeck in 1329 to ensure the town’s control over the entry of the Trave River into the Baltic Sea. Nowadays, it is mostly visited for its lovely long sandy beach and its casino.

Travemünde's most prominent sight is the Maritim Hotel, a highrise looming up 158 m (518 feet), but the old town is charming and filled with with half-timbered houses. This has been a popular resort since the 19th century and can still get crowded over weekends and during the summer season.

The Priwall area, on the right bank of the Trave estuary, can be reached from Vorderreihe on the west bank by car ferry and, during the season, by pedestrian ferry from Nordermole. A popular sight here is the Passat, a four-masted ship built in Hamburg in 1911.

Timmendorfer Strand, a resort a few miles north, is also popular, especially with the well-heeled. It has two piers, a yacht harbor, grand parks, and many expensive holiday homes. It also has Sea-Life, Kurpromenade 5, a popular park with several fish tanks, a walk-through undersea glass tunnel, and several displays on maritime themes, especially as they relate to the Lübeck area.

The Travemünde area is popular for watersports activities. Several ferries depart from here to Scandinavia.

Last updated June 15, 2011
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