Usedom Island is a historically-rich beach town in northern Germany on the Baltic Sea, just a hop and skip from Poland. Usedom is unique from the other beach towns in Germany due to it's period of isolation from the rest of the country when it found itself on the Eastern German side of the wall. After a period of rest, the traditional buildings have been restored to former glory and the island is free of 60's style right-on-the-beach resorts that have filled up many of the other beach areas of the country.
Usedom Island also brags of the most sunny days in the country, so you likely won't be greeted by Germany's warm welcome of drizzle and rain when you visit thankfully.
What To Do
You can of course check out this detailed post on what to do on the island, but I'll also give you a quick run down here.
Be sure to take a walk down Herringsdorf Beach and you can easily hop over to Poland while on your stroll. Boating is popular on the island, and there's plenty of motor boats as well as SUP and kayaks for rent.
The mansions from long before the war are what makes Usedom Island so unique, so ensure to take a walk down Dunnenstrass to view them (and step into another world while you're at it). Biking on the island is also a fantastic opportunity to see the animals and natural beauty of the area.
Where To Eat
Schloss Mellenthin gets my recommendation for fabulous coffee along with a stunning view on the old castle. There are however also a number of restaurants at the castle that serve full meals if you'd like something a bit more substantial than a coffee.
Restaurant Remise has both a stunning interior or a fantastic castle view from the patio to choose from. The chef took the restaurant on as a passion project after falling in love with the island, so you know your meal is made with both skill and love.
Where To Stay
I'm mayyyyy be a little biased when it comes to where to stay on the island. If you'd like to stay in the very apartment I did, I welcome you to check out my boyfriend's family apartment rental.
Just one minute from the delicious Restaurant Remise and Schloss Stolpe, the apartment could not be more perfect of a relaxation destination for the weekend. I loved the tranquility it offered, the rolling fields close by for a walk after dinner and the small, secret swimming inlet right down the road.
If you stay at the apartment be sure to write in the guest book, they love reading the messages. When booking feel free to message them in English, German, French or Italian to book, they're fluent and communicate with you in them all!
Did you know Germany had such a fantastic beach town? I didn't expect it at all! What are some of your favourite beach towns around the world?