On Baltic Germany
October 31, 2012 by aFrankAngle
Although it seems so long ago, our cruise ship left Amsterdam and headed north. After a full day at sea, our first stop was Warnemunde – a quaint, beach resort town on Germany’s northern coast.
We were in port for more than 14 hours. Whereas many passengers went to Berlin, we didn’t want to spend half the day on the train to and from that famous city. Therefore, I did my research to determine what we could do with less travel. Given Germany’s rail system, we were able to get a one-day regional pass for about $10 each – a great deal! On this day, we boarded a train from Warnemunde for a trip to the town of Schwerin.
Given this region was part of Soviet-dominated East Germany, English (as a whole) was not spoken well.
In Schwerin, we walked from the train station toward town central – and we discovered that not many towns have a quaint lake within its core
Schwerin’s lovely town square
We exited the square, turned the corner, and then a wow moment – the prime reason for our journey.
We toured the wonderful Schwerin Castle that housed the rulers of Mecklenberg
The castle grounds provide an excellent park-like setting.
On our walk back to the train station, we got a pleasant surprise – a boat racing festival – so we enjoyed watching several heats of 20-person dragon boats competing in sprint races.
Because we experienced some rain, we returned to Warnemunde, thus passing on our planned walk in Rostock (a city for which Warnemunde is a suburb). After dinner on the ship, it walked the resort community with an eventual stop for some German beer.
The day was a good one for us. The next day was a cruise day as we were bound for Tallinn, Estonia. Click here to join us in Tallinn.