The Baltic Sea, for centuries an invaluable trade port, is a unique blend of Nordic, Germanic and Slavic influences. The Vikings fought for control of it, the poets have written sonnets in tribute to it, and today it continues to inspire heroic feats. Here, unique natural wonders like Usedom, Rügen and Hiddensee, offer year-round wonder. Whether you’re exploring local Hanseatic fishing villages, magnificent brick churches, fortresses, castles and legendary Wilhelmenian-style resorts, sampling some of the local seafood delicacies like herring and whitefish, or simply enjoying the breathtaking scenery, you really can’t miss this windswept destination.
Ahrenshoop, a municipality in the Vorpommern-Rügen district on the Fischland-Darß-Zingst peninsula, was formerly home to painters such as Paul Müller-Kaempff and Oskar Frenzel. Moved by the landscape, in 1889 they formed an artist colony that soon became popular among other leading painters of the era. Today, Ahrenshoop is known colloquially as the "Artist Spa" and has become a popular place for creatives and celebrities in search of inspiration (or merely a beautiful shoreline cottage). Here, sandy dunes bump up against salt marshes dotted with samphire & sea asters, and quaint whitewashed guesthouses line the untouched coastline of the Ostsee. In short, it’s a perfect mix of rustic Germany charm, Danish minimalism, and rural glamour.
A famed retreat for artists over centuries, this little boutique house-hotel is all about style on the seaside, bathed in nautical blues and New England crisp sail whites. Just steps away from the windswept beaches of Ahrenshoop this is a thatched hideaway that is chilled and lovingly familiar on the Baltic coast of Germany.read more