Technical progress brought the first steam shipping line to Travemünde in 1824. Every week, the side-wheel paddle steamer “Princessia Wilhelmine” brought visitors across the Baltic Sea from refined Copenhagen to Travemünde. Connections to and from Saint Petersburg, Riga and Reval followed soon thereafter. Famous Russians who lodged in Travemünde at that time were Ivan Turgenev, Nikolai Gogol and Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
Travemünde really began to fill up from 1882 onwards when the first railway line came and a couple of years later when cars started to become a common mode of transport. Guests from near and far enjoyed the glamour of the imperial era in Travemünde and travelled to watch the sailing competitions during Travemünde Sailing Week and the horse racing on Priwall. Famous names like Joseph von Eichendorff, Emanuel Geibel, Richard Wagner, Clara Schumann, Edvard Munch and of course Thomas Mann all feature on the list of prominent visitors to the historic seaside resort.