Being somewhat remote from centers of population, The Darss is on the wilder, less developed side of Germany, mostly a spit of land that popped up when the northern glaciers retreated some thousands of years ago. The wide beaches are fine white sand. The slope is gentle so one can wade quite far out into the water, but right now it is a bit too cool for being in the water.

Having fun at the beach

Having fun at the beach

Dressed for May at the beach

Dressed for May at the beach

Planning out trip only four months ahead did not give enough time to get an apartment on the beach but we found a nice place a few miles inland in the small community of Bresewitz, not far from the coastal towns of Prerow and Zingst, two small resorts on the water. This is what the houses looked like as we walked around our neighborhood after dinner.

Typical thatch-roofed house on the north coast

Typical thatch-roofed house on the north coast

Across the street form our apartment

Across the street form our apartment

Around the corner was a field with two beautiful, frisky horses. Perhaps they are race horses. They chased one another around their pasture quite a bit, allowing us to get some action videos as they galloped around and reared up on their hind legs.

Race horses?

Race horses?

A couple of blocks away, the road turned to being a path through open grasslands. Curious sheep came up to take a look at us.

Sheep behind electric fencing

Sheep behind electric fencing

We were here to at least stroll the beaches even if the water was too chilly for swimming.

Beach on the Darss

Beach on the Darss

Beach with large National Geographic photo display

Beach with large National Geographic photo display of geologic turmoil

A restaurant overlooking the beach

A restaurant overlooking the beach

Campground behind the dunes

Campground behind the dunes at Prerow

We instantly liked Prerow with its many private bungalows instead of high rise apartment houses. The information center is where we started.

Prerow information center

Prerow information center

Colorful door

Colorful door

Lonely maiden

Lonely maiden

An unsure mister

An unsure mister

A happy couple

A happy couple

A few miles inland lies the old formerly fortified town of Barth, the commercial hub of the area. We could see the church tower from our apartment, some four miles away.

Barth minster church

Barth minster church

The town looks prosperous and many places are being restored. We enjoyed artwork around the plaza.

Central fountain

Central fountain

Unusual brick sculpture

Unusual brick sculpture

So well sculpted, this unusual piece

So well sculpted, this unusual piece

Down by the waterfront we found more sculptures.

Old wood carving

Old wood carving

A fish to not tangle with

A fish to not tangle with

One of several gates that protected Barth

One of several gates that protected Barth

Now we must leave Barth, through a city gate of course and be on our way to RĂ¼gen, Germany’s largest island, lined with beautiful beaches.

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