First dip in the sea

Join us for the start into the season on 15th May 2021

The sea in Travemünde is officially opened!

Leap into the cold, wet water! Be there when the sea is opened in Travemünde at the beginning of May. The annual ritual of the first dip has become a cherished tradition in the resort. At the beginning of May, the low temperature of the water demands a degree of courage from all bathers. A jovial event marked by much North German humour on Travemünde’s Kurstrand beach – your ideal Baltic Sea experience!

Find out here how it will be organised in 2021. Hopefully we’ll manage to jump into the water keeping sufficient distance from each other. There’s enough water after all!

What awaits you at the first dip ritual in Travemünde?

  • Refreshing water temperatures of around 10 degrees Celsius
  • A musical warm-up with a colourful parade from the Alte Vogtei bailiwick in Vorderreihe to the beach
  • And now all together: Into the wet stuff and once round the buoy!
  • The reward: Get your squeaky rubber duck and swap it for the original “Anbaden” (first dip) T-shirt! Traditionally, every bather gets a certificate, a tasty ham sandwich and a glass of rum to warm them up. And there’s a very special surprise for the little ones!
  • Convivial conclusion on the beach with chillout lounge music
  • Entrance is free by the way!

Expert tip: Historical and witty bathing suits are always a highlight!

The resort tradition

After bathing in the open sea had been popular in England since the middle of the 18th century, the idea of a seaside resort culture also spilled over into Germany. The seaside resort of Travemünde was opened in 1802 as the third oldest resort in Germany – after Heiligendamm and Norderney. From then on, a new chapter opened in the history of Travemünde. This little fishing town, founded in 1187, became the top attraction for bathers from near and far.

Times of seasons in Travemünde and the ostseecard

The official season in Travemünde runs from 15 May until 14 September. The ostseecard offers those staying overnight during the season free access to the beach, free participation in the sports programme in July and August and many discounts on attractive leisure activities – all for € 2.80 per day. In the off-season (15 September – 14 May), the ostseecard costs € 1.40 per day. Children up to the age of 17 do not pay any spa tax.

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