Heiligendamm is the oldest seaside resort in continental Europe

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Seebrücke pier towards Heiligendamm © Gryffindor

Seebrücke pier towards Heiligendamm © Gryffindor

Heiligendamm is the oldest seaside spa and resort in continental Europe and Germany. Heiligendamm is part of the town Bad Doberan in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Its founder and first guest in 1793 was the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg Friedrich Franz I; he made the resort fashionable. Between 1793 and 1870, Johann Christoph, Heinrich von Seydwitz, Carl Theodor Severin, and Gustav Adolph Demmler created a veritable Gesamtkunstwerk for bathing and lodging. Heiligendamm was always regarded as the most elegant seaside resort in Germany. Nobility from throughout Europe used it as a summer getaway well into the 20th century.

Kempinski Grand Hotel Heiligendamm © Gryffindor The Kurhaus, earliest example of resort architecture © Gryffindor/cc-by-sa-3.0 Heiligendamm around 1841 - Salon and Badehaus © Godewind Verlag Panoramic view of Heiligendamm in 1887 © Godewind Verlag Seebrücke pier towards Heiligendamm © Gryffindor
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The Kurhaus, earliest example of resort architecture © Gryffindor/cc-by-sa-3.0
The cluster of resort architecture mansions and spa buildings at the seafront are reminders of the glory days when this part of the Baltic Sea was one of the playgrounds of Europe’s aristocracy. Due to the classicist white buildings lining the beach promenade, the town is also known as the “White Pearl” (German: Weiße Perle) or the “White Town by the Sea” (German: Die weiße Stadt am Meer). Today, the area by the sea is occupied by a five-star hotel, the Grand Hotel Heiligendamm, which hosted the 33rd G8 summit in 2007. A narrow-gauge steam railway, known as the Molli, links Heiligendamm with Kühlungsborn and Bad Doberan.

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