The small road meanders like a green tunnel through the dense spa and medicinal forest. The deeper you go into the healing coastal forest, the further away the beach and the sea seem. Surrounded by ancient beeches, it becomes quiet. Even the constant roar of the Baltic Sea falls silent. The street ends in a tree-lined avenue that leads straight ahead to the small town of Gothen. The idyllic village between meadows, fields and the Gothensee seems lost in time, although the foundation stone for the local bathing culture was laid on the former manor.
Gothen and the Mellenthin estate had belonged to the seat of the Pomeranian noble family von Neuenkirchen since the 13th century, before it was acquired in 1817 by forest master Georg Bernhard von Bülow and his brother Ernst Gottfried for 45.000 thalers.
The Gothensee, which belongs to the village, has been part of the Usedom Island Nature Park since 1958, as it is a paradise for swans, geese and co., who have found an ideal breeding area in the dense reed belt.
The medieval village of Alt Sallenthin lies tranquil and dreamy, embedded in Usedom Switzerland between the Gothensee and the Kleiner Krebssee. The day awakens with the crowing of the rooster, the path leads through alleys with thatched houses.
In the center of the picturesque village, a different flower splendor grows in the extensive gardens and glass greenhouses of the island nursery in every season.
On the quiet forest paths, the world with its hustle and bustle is forgotten, only the sound of the woodpecker, the rustling of the leaves and the call of the owl accompany the foray through the hinterland.
The houses of Neu-Sallenthin nestle charmingly on the ice-age moraine slopes down to the Großer Krebssee.
The Neu-Sallenthin district, which is still quite young at 200 years old, is surrounded by three lakes: the Gothensee, the Kleinen and the Großer Krebssee.
If the weather is clear and visibility is good, the island world lies at the viewer's feet from the 40-metre-high observation tower, the "Sieben Seen-Blick". From the wooden stand, which is right behind the village on the edge of a field, the view extends over the lakes to the lagoon, the backwaters and the Baltic Sea.
A little hidden like in a fairy tale, but not far from the seaside resort of Bansin, surrounded by old beech and oak forests, times are different here. Slower, quieter, more contemplative. In summer, when the red sun sets in the woods behind Lake Schmollensee, crickets and countless frogs sing their songs in the reeds, it is as if you were in another world.
Here in Sellin you can still find them, the quaint, thatched fishermen's houses that nestle against the banks of the lakes. They crowd closely to the narrow, winding village street. If you climb a little up the slope, the view extends over the Schmollensee to far into the meadows and the surrounding forests.
Sellin is much older than the glamorous imperial baths on the Baltic Sea coast. It was first mentioned in 1267. Above all, fishermen lived in the small village directly on the lake. The Schmollensee is still rich in fish today. The large boulders that lie all along its shores are a reminder that the island was covered by a meter-high glacier during the Ice Age.