Travemunde, Germany Cruise Port
Cruising through the scenic Trave River brings you to the charming seaside resort town and port of Travemünde, Germany. Located on the on the Baltic coastal state of Schleswig-Holstein, its roots go back to the 12th century when Henry the Lion built a fortress here as protection. While part of Lübeck, it remains culturally independent from that city and is significant for its role in local events and for its connections: Nobel laureate Thomas Mann's family is commemorated with the Buddenbrook house, named after Mann's novel that utilized Travemünde as a setting. Since 1802, tourists have flocked to Lübeck Bay for fun in the sun, along with the annual sailing race called Travemünder Woche. Its prime location means that catching a ferry here from a number of countries is easy, among them Sweden, Russia, and Estonia. Here are some of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Travemünde, Germany:
The stretch of white beach sand is the main attraction and can get fairly crowded during peak times, so people watching is a bonus. When you need a break from sunbathing, wander the promenade called Strandpromenade and watch the big ships come in and out of the harbor.
Old Town retains centuries-old charm. Structured like a ship, exploring it on foot lets you soak in the atmosphere; even the street names are called "Starboard" and "Port Side." For shopping and dining, the area between Vogteistrasse and Vorderreihe is the most focused on travelers.
More than 450 years old (and the oldest in the country), the Old Lighthouse retired in 1972. You can climb to the top for excellent views, as well as check out the maritime museum that displays the lighthouse's storied history. The lighthouse also has one of the highest light beacons on earth.
Check out the lovely Seebadmuseum (seaside resort museum) to learn how Travemünde went from fishing village to fort town to seaside resort. One of the exhibits shows the evolution of bathing costumes, and the use of wooden "bathing machines," which lucky servants got to push into the sea (and presumably drag them out again).