Friday, June 02, 2017

Warnemunde, Germany - born again seaside

Today, Warnemunde is a pleasant seaside resort on the Baltic sea with wide sandy beaches, a lighthouse and the Warnow river estuary. It has a population of around 8,000. 
Until the middle of the 19th century it had been a small fishing village for centuries before it began to develop it's resort features. The town was a center of aircraft construction in World War I and again in World War II. It was periodically bombed by the Allies during World War II and, at the end of hostilities, found itself in what became East Germany under Soviet domination.
Since the collapse of the USSR, Warnemunde has pretty much shaken off the signs of fifty years of communism, established itself as a cruise ship port and enjoys a brisk tourist trade. 
Hurrah for free enterprise! See here for more thrills.

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