The Baltic island of Usedom

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Fisher boat © Mario Thiel

Fisher boat © Mario Thiel

Usedom (Polish: Uznam) is a Baltic Sea island on the border between Germany and Poland. It is situated north of the Szczecin Lagoon (German: Stettiner Haff) estuary of the River Oder in Pomerania. Most of the island belongs to the German district of Vorpommern-Greifswald in the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the exception of the eastern part and the city of Świnoujście (German: Swinemünde) which is in Polish West Pomeranian Voivodeship. Its area is 445 km² (the German part 373 km²; the Polish part 72 km²). Its population is 76,500 (the German part 31,500; the Polish part 45,000).

The island is separated to the east from the neighbouring island of Wolin by the Świna (German: Swine) strait (or river), which is the main route connecting Szczecin Bay with the Pomeranian Bay, a part of the Baltic Sea. The strait between the island and the mainland is called Peenestrom; it is an underwater extension of the valley of the Peene river, which flows into the westernmost part of Szczecin Bay. The island is mostly plain, partly covered by marshes.

Ahlbeck - Hotel Ostende © Dinkum Zinnowitz - Neue Strandstraße © Horst-schlaemma Zempin Harbor © Unukorno V2 rocket in Peenemünde Museum © AElfwine Stolpe Castle © Halina E Ciszewska-Czyż Seaside resort Bansin © Gabriele Delhey Nature Park Usedom Island © Radosław Drożdżewski Loddin Vine Yard © Presse03 Heringsdorf - Villa Oechsler © MrsMyerDE Heringsdorf - Villa Irmgard © MrsMyerDE Heringsdorf Pier © Jean-Luc 2005 Golfpark Balmer See © Gabriele Delhey Usedom © demis.nl Ahlbeck - Villa Seeblick © Kapitel Ahlbeck - Villa Germania © Kapitel Ahlbeck - Pink house called Tusculum © Dinkum Ahlbeck © Kapitel Ahlbeck - Hotel Ahlbecker Hof © Sebastian Wallroth Ahlbeck Pier © Dr Wilfred Krause Ahlbeck - Duenenstrasse © Sebastian Wallroth Fisher boat © Mario Thiel
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Nature Park Usedom Island © Radosław Drożdżewski
In 1945 the eastern part of the island, together with the city and port of Świnoujście, was assigned to Poland by the Potsdam Conference, the German inhabitants being expelled to the west. The territory was populated with Poles who had in turn been expelled by the Soviet Union from the Kresy in the east.

The Isle of Usedom is one of Germany’s major holiday and recreation areas due to its beaches, its natural beauty and a number of elegant seaside towns such as Zinnowitz and Heringsdorf, which have been frequented by the German and international nobility as well as the general public. Many hotels and bed and breakfast establishments are available on both sides of the German-Polish border. In addition to the coastline, the hinterland features nature reserves, castles, lakes and historic villages.

Read more on Insel Usedom, Wikivoyage Usedom and Wikipedia Usedom. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organisations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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