Even on the sunniest island in Germany it can happen that it rains. The worst-case scenario of any holiday - a week away from everyday life and all the weather oracles indicate rain. That's it with the beach holiday - now what?!
First of all, don't get excited! Even when the weather is bad, there is so much to experience and discover in the Imperial Spas that you may not even know.
Relax in the Ostseetherme Usedom
Experiencing the sea doesn't seem particularly inviting because of the weather? No problem - the OstseeTherme offers year-round bathing fun for young and old. Water temperatures of 30-34 degrees Celsius make you forget the rainy weather outside. Three of the six bathing pools are enriched with Heringsdorf iodine brine. This local remedy has a special therapeutic effect and a soothing, relaxing effect. A heated outdoor pool invites you to relax even in the cold season.
Not only with the bathing experience you can do something for body and soul, also in the health studio of the OstseeTherme there are various offers for a targeted relief of heart and circulatory problems. You see – being active and fit is possible even in rainy weather!
The temperatures outside don't make you sweat? In the sauna world of the thermal baths, there is something for everyone to recover from the cold. It doesn't matter whether you prefer it comfortably warm or very hot, all sauna dreams will come true there.
You will find the OstseeTherme on the main road between Heringsdorf and Ahlbeck. Easy to reach by train and open daily. Further information can be found on the website at: www.ostseetherme-usedom.de
Literature in the Hans Werner Richter House
This small building with the red double doors is more than 100 years old. In 2000, the former fire station was converted into a house of literature in honor of the German writer Hans Werner Richter. Ever heard of him? He was an author, writer and initiator of the writers' association "Group 47". What do you mean? Why was the House of Literature built here in Bansin? It's actually quite simple: Hans Werner Richter was born on the island of Usedom, more precisely in Neu Sallenthin. Today you can visit the writer's study and library and sit there with a book in your hand. The works of another famous personality are also waiting to be discovered - the original graphics by Günter Grass. If you would like to have something read to you, you can attend a reading in this “Günter Grass room”.
The Literaturhaus Hans Werner Richter is located in the Waldstraße, next to the Warmbad in Bansin.
A journey through time at Villa Irmgard
Embark on a journey through time into the life of the well-known Russian writer Maxim Gorky. In 1922 he lived for several months in the two-storey Villa Irmgard, which was built in 1906 in the style of spa architecture and neoclassicism. When looking at the former living quarters, one might think that Maxim Gorki himself appears right next to you. Experience contemporary history at your fingertips!
The small museum has many more surprises in store. In addition to the listed concerts, events, readings, lectures and small theater performances, you can also gain an insight into the history of the imperial baths at the film screenings. Because can you imagine how people spent their holidays in Heringsdorf in 1951?
Villa Irmgard is located on Maxim-Gorki-Strasse in Heringsdorf.
Painting in the art pavilion
Art lovers can admire changing exhibitions by artists from all over Germany and beyond in the unique monument. The striking building has belonged to the Seeheilbad Heringsdorf since 1970. Although works by island-based artists have been on display since August 21, 1970, with the Otto Niemeyer Holstein exhibition in 1971, this space was finally considered a place for art.
The art pavilion can be found on the promenade near the rose garden in Heringsdorf.
Traveling with the Imperial Baths Express
If it's cool, wet and uncomfortable outside, you can explore the imperial baths on a tour with the small train. Drive past the stylish villas of spa architecture and let the special atmosphere of the seaside health resorts work their magic on you. This lively history, architecture, country, people and culture combined in 80 minutes is a worth knowing hop-on hop-off tour. Listen to the interesting stories while your gaze wanders through the sophisticated imperial baths.
Survived the rainy day with these tips?
Modern and informative - a visit to the tourism service center
Experiencing information in a new way - this is possible in the tourism service center in the seaside resort of Heringsdorf. The historic office building from the Gründerzeit was converted into a place for local history and tourism and is now the most modern tourist information along the German Baltic Sea coast. You can find out something about our region there in a variety of ways. Discover the imperial baths in the historic beach chair from a completely different perspective with the help of VR glasses, call up information at the digital touchpoints, get advice from the friendly staff or browse through an exciting book from the house library.
A view of the sea - the pier in Heringsdorf
A holiday in the imperial baths without having seen the sea? Inconceivably!
Despite the uncomfortable weather, you can enjoy the fantastic view of our Baltic Sea coast from the Heringsdorf pier. With its 508 meters and the superstructure, it is the longest structure of this type in Germany. On the covered path to the bridgehead, transparent side walls offer additional protection from wind and weather, without obscuring the view in any way. Arriving at the very front, you can enjoy a unique view of the Imperial Baths. On one side you can see Ahlbeck and the oldest pier in Germany, the "Grande Dame". Directly in front of you is the town of Heringsdorf, which was the first to be given the title "Seebad". To your right is the smallest seaside resort of the imperial baths - the seaside resort of Bansin.
Stroll through the passage on the way back and linger in one of the small cafés or restaurants to let the impressions sink in and warm your heart and soul with a hot drink.
Well if that isn't a selection of possibilities! Now you are well prepared for rainy days in the imperial baths.
Basically, of course, the following applies: "There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." 😊