1 Wismar

An air of wistful faded grandeur pervades the Altstadt of this splendid old Hanseatic port, with much of the atmosphere of Lübeck but none of its crowds.

2 Bad Doberan Münster

Graceful, Gothic architecture that awes by its purity and superb artworks make this thirteenth-century minster one of the finest medieval churches in the Baltic region – essential for any fan of religious art.

3 Rügen

Historic, small beach resorts and Hitler’s colossal holiday camp are side by side on Germany’s biggest island, celebrated for its dramatic white cliffs and woodland, and fringed by mile upon mile of powder-fine sand.

4 Schwerin

Tour a fairytale palace that goes straight to the head, then take a lake cruise to see it from the water.

5 Canoeing in the Müritz National Park

Play at being Huckleberry Finn for up to a week on canoe-and-camp adventures through the interconnected lakes of the Mecklenburg Lake District.

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