Welcome to Coastal Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania
Hotspots during the all-too-brief beach-going season include three leafy resort islands: sprawling, villa-lined Rügen; car-free Hiddensee; and Usedom (which Germany shares with Poland). Warnemünde, the seaside resort near Rostock, is another sandy hotspot – when it's hot. For natural drama, the cliffs of Jasmund National Park are stunning.
Stralsund is the prize town of the region, combining seaside charms with beautiful, old architecture. Other highlights include the gracious university town of Greifswald, which retains some exquisite medieval architecture, as does Wismar.