The Darss – Coastal Land of Beautiful Beaches
Posted on June 12, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
We were here to at least stroll the beaches even if the water was too chilly for swimming.
We instantly liked Prerow with its many private bungalows instead of high rise apartment houses. The information center is where we started.
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.
The town looks prosperous and many places are being restored. We enjoyed artwork around the plaza.
Down by the waterfront we found more sculptures.
Now we must leave Barth, through a city gate of course and be on our way to Rügen, Germany’s largest island, lined with beautiful beaches.