Summer Breaks on Usedom Island: Relax in Berlin's Bathtub
Two and a half hours drive from Berlin can be found the island of singing sands, Usedom. Nicknamed 'Berlin's Bathtub' because of its popularity with Berlin's 19th century aristocrats, Germany's sunniest location is currently celebrating a resurrection as the island's pristine beaches are re-discovered by German home-stay holidaymakers, expats, and young hip Berliners alike. Bestraddling the German-Polish border, the 'Berlin Hamptons' showcase the classic spa resort architecture of the 19th century, including palatial villas commissioned by Berlin's erstwhile elite, which have today been transformed into exuberant guesthouses and plush restaurants.
Wellness and Spa Culture on Usedom Island
The Baltic Sea has long been known for its regenerating waters and healing airs. Today the eastern German coastline is still one of the most popular locations in Germany for those seeking restorative breaks to recover from illness or escape everyday stresses. Usedom island is no exception, and its spa villages and beaches are host to a variety of spa hotels and resorts whose treatments and facilities focus on harnessing the healing properties of the Baltic Sea. Located directly on the beach of the island's largest town, Heringsdorf, the family-run Strandhotel Ostseeblick is one such hotel offering a variety of Thalassotherapeutic treatments, plus roman thermal baths, a panorama pool, sauna, and more. With 60 rooms, many of which boast a sea-view, the hotel comes highly recommended, and has been awarded with Wellness Hotels Germany's seal of approval.
Activities on the Island
Take time to explore the island's quaint artist villages and diverse natural habitats, eat at the island's exquisite sea food restaurants and gastropubs, or join music fans for a taste of culture at the Usedom Music Festival at end of September. Berlin's bathtub, Usedom island, offers all manner of activities to its visitors, from watersports and Nordic walking along its beaches, to hiking, cycling, and golf.