Top Five Things To Do in Warnemünde as a Port Stop
To be honest I had never heard of Warnemunde before I went on a Baltic cruise with NCL. That’s my loss as the town is a German jewel.
I loved this port!
Situated about 90 minutes north of Berlin, most of my fellow cruisers had booked tours of the capital for this stop. I visit Berlin at least three times a year so I decided to stay local and explore Warnemunde instead. Boy am I glad I did!
Here’s my list of the top five things to do there:
Number Five: Explore the Local Shops
This is a fun place to shop! The streets are oozing with fishing village charm - and the shops are totally unique.
The cruise pier is located next to the main shopping area. Once you get past the train station, there are several streets that fan out – all with a treasure trove of local stores and cottage shops.
There’s a wide assortment of establishments to explore: wooden toy sellers, regional art galleries, bakeries, jam makers and beach-ware boutiques. Chain stores are joyfully absent for the most part.
The streets are quaint and beautiful with row up row of colorful, preserved cottages. If you go far enough – you’ll even discover a restaurant in a former windmill!
Number Four: Visit the Warnemünde Church
Pop into the Lutheran Church in the centre of town if you want to see a great example of neogothic architecture. This brick built church is almost fortress like - powerful and domineering.
While the the outside is very impressive - the inside is a bit lower key. Make sure you venture in thought to explore many of the church's treasures including the soaring wood-beamed ceilings and the ornately carved alter piece.
Number Three: Coffee on the Canal - Alte Strom
The canal beside the cruise terminal is stunning.
Reserve some time to stroll its banks, which are lined with all kinds of ships, shops and restaurants. You really get the feel that you're in a seaside town or northern fishing village (which is actually where you are!).
Make sure you take a break to soak it all in at one of the many sidewalk cafes.
Number Two: Climb the Lighthouse
Who isn’t attracted to lighthouses?!
Warnemunde has several of them that are picture worthy - - and you can climb the one located at the beach! For two Euros you get to mount this historic lighthouse built in the late 1800’s.
Your reward for reaching the top is spectacular views of the harbor and coastline. It will take your breath away! It's also a great way to wear down some of the billions of calories amassed on the cruise!
Number One: Spend Time at the Beach
Anyone who knows me, would be SHOCKED that I would put a visit to a beach on a Top 5 List. I'm almost never a fan of beaches - but the one in Warnemunde is amazing. It’s super wide, has great sand, and features quaint cabanas that look like they're right out of 1920’s movie (or Death in Venice).
I was there on a colder day – but still had fun walking around and taking in the atmosphere. I can’t imagine what it’s like when the season is in full swing.
I was so impressed that I want to come back during the height of summer.... with a swimsuit, picnic basket and bottle of chilled Chardonnay in hand.
Warnemunde is definitely a place that I would visit again!
If you are on a cruise and you’ve been to Berlin before, don’t (not even for a second) hesitate to stay in port. You’ll have a lovely day strolling the streets, lunching in the taverns, and taking in the sun at the beach!