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Warnemünde – a port that never sleeps

While sipping our afternoon coffee in one of the cafés in Wismar, my boyfriend read in one of the local newspapers (yes, he speaks German!) that there would be a beautiful Russian sailing boat in Warnemünde. As we grew very fond of sailing boats and cruise ships during our stay in Horta in the Azores, it took us about a split second to decide to visit it.

But before I tell you about the Russian ship, let me tell you a few words about Warnemünde. Warnemünde was for centuries a small fishing village, which in 1323 lost its autonomous status. This is because it was purchased by the city of Rostock in order to safeguard the city’s access to the Baltic Sea. It was not until the 19th century that Warnemünde began to develop into an important seaside resort.

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These are the typical old fishermen houses in the old town.

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And I really liked this fountain.

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Now, this is the lighthouse that RainDropz (one of my new friends on WordPress) suggested, which was an excellent idea. The lighthouse was built in 1897 and is still in use. We went up to the top and the view over the Baltic Sea was stunning.

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In the town we also saw some impressive sand sculptures.

And had a pleasant stroll along the beach.

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This is the Regal Princess, one of those impressive floating towns.

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And here we are – this is “STS Mir”, the Russian ship. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?

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Mir means peace in Russian. It is is a three-masted, full rigged training ship, based in St. Petersburg, Russia. It was built in 1987 at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland. For a modest price of 2 euros, we were allowed to visit it (but only the deck!)

These young boys were kind enough to pose for the photo! I wish you fair winds and following  seas.

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