Where do you best spend a long weekend in August, when you are living in Berlin? Either in Berlin itself, right! OR at the wonderful German Baltic Sea.
I thought: 4 days, a nice sunny and warm beach, only my boyfriend and me doing what we want to do.
To make everything a bit more acive and interesting, take your bicycles and a light, cheap tent with you – perfect!
The first step is easy. We took the “Mein Fernbus” for 11 Euros per Person and another 9 Euros per bicycle from Berlin to Rostock. That´s not a big deal.
From Rostock, we thought, it´s about 2 hours in north direction, partly along the coast to a beautiful half-island, called Fischland Darß-Zingst.
But while we arrived to Rostock, I realized that I took the wrong clothes with me for traveling in North East Germany. While it was sunny and warm in Berlin, the weather in Rostock was cloudy, cold and windy.
“Well, it seems, that I cannot use my bikini at all” I thought. Even though I hoped, that the weather will get better the next days.
Such things are a pity and in the beginning you can be disappointed – But you cannot change it and have to do the best out of it. With this matter of fact in mind, we headed north by our bicycles and with our backpacks, camping mats and tent, looking for the right way.
Leaving the city Rostock behind us, we were crossing fields, grassland and forests – always fighting against the strong wind, which was not easy at all, with our luggage. We even took plenty of food with us, for emergencies.
And in the forest it happened – Julians bicycle got a puncture. I really cannot recommend, to do such tours, especially along stony and bumpy forest paths, by a race bicycle 😉
But he fixed it, then we decided that it was already time for our lunch break and we continued our way, looking for a NICE camping ground.
This (looking for a NICE camping ground), in fact is not that easy! Especially in Germany, especially at the Baltic Sea.
I don´t like this big, mass processing, stereotype camping grounds. So the first two were out of question.
The third one we found, was also not a camping ground of my dreams (if there is one) but it was already evening – instead of around 2 hours, we took more than 5 hours to reach the half-island.
We were tired and so we decided to stay here for the next days.
We could have also looked for a “free” open place on the beach or behind the weir for building up our tent, but then we should have build it up in the late evening and dispel it again in the early morning, move forward and do the same procedure the following days. And since we just wanted to relax some days, we excluded this option. Furthermore, “wild camping” is in general not allowed in Germany, even though there are some exceptions.
But when I heard the prices from the woman of the camping ground reception, I thought she is kidding me.
71 Euros for three nights for one tiny pop-up tent for two people, on a place 200 meter away from the “main” camping ground (and so also from the toilets).
For a comparison: In Poland (Ustka) at the Baltic Sea we have spent one week in a very nice airb´n´b flat for 27 Euros a night (for the whole flat).
Ok, but since we still wanted to have our tent at the same place the next days, without building it up and despel it like crazy and without always having in mind to get a fine from a state authority officer or something like that, we paid the 71 Euros and built up our tent.
What I also don´t understand, that people have to pay in Germany a “Kurtaxe” in cure areas for breathing the fresh air. So did we. What?? I think, this crazy stuff only exists in Germany. It´s 2-3 Euros per day per person.
But fresh air is a public good, not excludable and not rivalry, so why is there a need to pay a fee for that??
Nevertheless, after all this adventures we decided to go to the beach and relax a bit. But it was so cold and windy, not to say stormy there, after we entered the high dunes, that we were forced to leave the beach again after some time.
But before, we didn´t miss to watch the georgeous sunset here!
The weather in the next days got worse and worse. In the first night we got wet in our tent, because
1. it rained heavily the whole night
2. our tent was not really waterproof at all.
But it was how it was and we did the best out of it ☺
The first morning here we got croisants and coffee from the camping bakery and enjoyed it at the beach.
Later we got a bottle of wine from a nearby supermarket and we got a bit drunk at the beach ☺
During the day it was sometimes even possible to relax only with a t-shirt at the beach.
We also used our bicycles and explored the nearby areas.
I like the style of the houses here. The roofs are made of thatch, which looks very special to me.
The people who are from the Baltic Sea are in general not very friendy. Maybe this is connected with the stormy, rough and cold weather, which you can find here very often.
At our last day, we went early (12 p.m.) back to Rostock, from where our bus started at 8.45 p.m. Honestly, a bit too early, but we planned to roam a bit around in the city and look what we can find there. And seriously, I expected Rostock much more ugly. In fact, the old city center is very beautiful, which surprised me in a positive way.
Summarized, our journey was not as planned and relatively chaotic, but nevertheless we enjoyed it a lot and we had fun!
Things that I don´t like about camping grounds:
– The stereotype people, who spend their whole holidays, year after year at a camping ground. They want to get the feeling of freedom and living in the “nature”, but don´t want to lose their high comfort at all. (Example: Electricity in the tent/caravan, etc.)
– Going to the toilet at night is a running the gauntlet, especially if the toilet is 200 meters away from your tent and it is raining and storming.
– You don´t have privacy. While you are brushing your teeth in a “rush hour” (whole morning and evening), people are building a queue and staring unfriendly at you while waiting.
– Many noisy kids around and even worse: drunk, noisy neighbours, who are making party from a.m. to p.m. instead of enjoying the nature.