Usedom for small and grownup explorers
Small drip castle builders and beach kids are very much welcome on the island of Usedom. The Tourism Association of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania honours family-friendly hotels and holiday accommodations, providers of leisure facilities and even municipalities with an official signet, the “Crowned Gustav”. This fresh fish with his crown, which points towards special offers and special quality for vacations with children, is awarded for three years to eligible enterprises.
Germany’s largest play ground with a continuous white sandy beach of 42 kilometres length, shallow and safe coastal areas, five piers to go for a stroll above the waves while licking delicious ice cream, boundless room for drip castle building and cavorting games in the sand, tons of shells to be found and deep holes to be dug is the ideal place for families. While the adults marvel at the villas and mansions built in Resort Architecture style during the 19th century their youngsters go crazy for the climbing and experimenting facilities in the green spaces, the Climbing Forest of Neu Pudagla or the attractions of Usedom’s largest playground, the Piratenpark (Pirate Park) in Trassenheide. And Usedom has even more to offer to children: Lunch in the children’s restaurant, small size bathrobes and hire bicycles, island safaris, the Butterfly Farm or miniature golf. When the sea breeze blows, an exploratory walk along the shore is a popular leisure pursuit. Girls and boys fly their kites. And during winter times skaters of any age may play to the gallery on the artificial ice rink at the pier in Heringsdorf.
The following attractions are particularly suitable for families with children:
The Phänomenta in Peenemünde
Physics doesn’t have to be boring; the Phänomenta tucked away in Usedom’s most north-westerly corner can easily prove this statement to be true. In this interactive exhibition visitors may touch, try out and wonder. For instance you can lift a Trabi, a make of car from GDR-times, with only one arm. Thus physics shows its enchanting character to young and old. Because, hey, who could to date stand in a soap bubble, blow out a candle with a drumbeat or draw with magnetic fields? All of these experiments and many more are open to visitors from April until October.
Piratenpark in Trassenheide (Pirate Park)
The largest playground of Usedom is to be found in Trassenheide. On 13,000 square metres of the Hotel Seeklause children enter the world of pirates. Imaginative facilities for climbing, sliding, swinging, running and jumping ensure that children and their parents too have a good time.
Thermal Baths on Usedom
Two public swimming baths, the Bernsteintherme in Zinnowitz and the OstseeTherme in Ahlbeck, ensure that you and your children have an enjoyable time even if on the Sunny Island the sun hides away behind clouds. A variety of swimming facilities for children with children’s pools, slides and diving platforms and different saunas as well as wellness and beauty facilities for the adults ensure a successful outing.
Kletterwald Usedom (Climbing Forest)
In the woods next to Ückeritz courage and a good physical feeling are needed, as the Climbing Forest Usedom is one of the largest in Germany. With 50 more or less difficult climbing elements from one metre to 15 metres above the ground children (from six years on) and adults may look forward to a pleasurable afternoon.
Surf Schools, beach and water sports
Usedom’s beach is superbly qualified for all beach and water sports whether done for fun or professionally: beach-volleyball, sailing, surfing, kiting, water skiing or wakeboarding. Teachers and guides can be found on the edges of the sports areas on the beach in Karlshagen, Trassenheide, Zinnowitz and the Three Imperial Spas. The aquatic sports centres on the edges of the Achterwasser Lagoon as in Ückeritz and Lütow likewise have much to offer the sporty guests. If you prefer to relax you can sit on the terrace of one of the lovely cafés look onto the water or watch the sun setting.