It is June and Tom’s birthday, we have sunny weather and wanted some days to rest and play with Tiger on the beach. Usedom is the perfect place and not to far from Berlin. So we packed some close, went to the nearby grocery store for fresh vegetables, bread and a few other items, and drove 3 hours to the northeast.
We visited Usedom quite frequently but stayed in hotels or rented and apartment. This time we took our camper van and great white empty beaches and found a very nice nature campsite under trees, right behind the beach. Honestly, we didn’t do much. We just spent the entire day with our dog on the beach, had a picnic, and were reading. Just very relaxing.
Usedom – The Island
- Usedom is the second largest island of Germany with 42 kilometers of beautiful white beaches
- It is situated north of the Stettin Lagoon estuary of the river Oder
- It’s the sunniest area in Germany with approx. 2,000 hours of sunshine
- The island is very popular not only for its beaches but also for its unique heritage of the Wilhelminian (Gründerzeit) time in the 19th century with the many noble mansions in resort architecture. The noble seaside resorts include Zinnowitz and the 3 Imperial Spas of Bansin, Heringsdorf and Ahlbeck on the German part of the island, and neighbouring Swinoujscie on the Polish part.
- The island counts more than 200 kilometers of cycle trails and aprox. 400 kilometers of hiking trails.
- The hinterland (back lands) is called Achterwasser and is characterized by unspoiled forests, lagoon landscapes, hills, various lakes, and other small towns facing the Szczecin Lagoon.
- The strait between the island and the mainland is called the Peenestrom (the river Peene), which flows into the western part of the Szczecin Lagoon.
- Usedom with the Achterwasser, and the Szczecin Lagoon is a place for yachtsmen
- Nature parks: the Nature Park Island of Usedom, the Nature Park at the Szczecin Lagoon, the Nature Park Rivers cape Peene Valley
Again we visited the website of KRAUTKOPF and tried some nice vegetarian and vegan summer recipes, which are easy to prepare in your camper van:
Summer salt: http://www.kraut-kopf.de/recipe/our-summer-salt-2013/?lang=en
Salad with grilled peaches: http://www.kraut-kopf.de/recipe/salad-grilled-peaches/?lang=en
Utkiek is a restaurant at the campground with a great view on the coastline. It offers nice variety of fish dishes: http://www.utkiek-ueckeritz.de
Nature camping in Ückeritz: http://www.campingplatz-ueckeritz.de
The campsite is a nature campground and located right behind the beach and more than 4,5 kilometers long. It’s just a few meters to walk to the beach. The campsite is split in 7 areas with a capacity of 750 camp places for camper vans, campers, and sites for tents. The size of the entire ground with its 7 areas leaves enough room and offers smaller and larger but all very different places. All the 7 areas have sanitary facilities, the shower costs 2 EUR, places with sinks to clean your dishes, power supply, fresh water stations, and facilities for waste disposal. Some of the areas offer washing machines and dryer.
Internet and using your mobile phone is a problem! We usually work from our camper and this was very uncomfortable not having Internet access at all or just sometimes depending on the wind J. However, it gave us time not to work and rest for some days. The reception at the front entrance does have WIFI.
Dogs allowed? YES
There are marked beach areas for dogs and these are not small. We just had to walk though the dune and where right on one of the beaches where dogs are allowed.
Links and sites to visit in the region
Golf and Country Club Balmer See: http://www.golfhotel-usedom.de
Wasserschloss Mellenthin: http://www.wasserschloss-mellenthin.de
Schloss Stolpe: http://www.schloss-stolpe.de
The peer of Ahlbeck: http://www.seebruecke-ahlbeck.de
Museum and studio of the painter Otto Niemeyer-Holstein: http://www.atelier-otto-niemeyer-holstein.de
The Peenemuende Historical Technical Museum was a military test site of the Nazi regime between 1936 and 1945. Slave labours, concentration camp inmates, and political prisoners were forced to work at the construction sites for serial production of the V2 – Vengeance Weapon 2 (Vergeltungswaffe 2) and the test areas. Many of the prisoners died.