Resort architecture (Bäderarchitektur) in Heringsdorf

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Coordinates: 53°58′N 14°10′E / 53.967°N 14.167°E / 53.967; 14.167Coordinates: 53°58′N 14°10′E / 53.967°N 14.167°E / 53.967; 14.167
Country Germany
State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
District Vorpommern-Greifswald
  Mayor Lars Petersen
  Total 37.66 km2 (14.54 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 8,839
  Density 230/km2 (610/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 17419, 17424, 17429
Dialling codes 038378
Vehicle registration VG
Website http://gemeinde-ostseebad-heringsdorf.de/

Heringsdorf is a municipality and a popular seaside resort town on Usedom Island in Western Pomerania, Germany. It is also known by the name Kaiserbad (English: Imperial Spa).

The municipality was formed in January 2005 out of the former municipalities of Heringsdorf, Ahlbeck and Bansin. Until January 2006, the municipality was called Dreikaiserbäder, literally meaning Three Imperial Spas, a reference to several vacation visits of the German emperor Wilhelm II until 1918.

For the same reason, the fine sandy beach stretching about 12 km (7.5 miles) from Bansin over Heringsdorf to Ahlbeck and Swinemünde (nowadays a Polish spa), is also called Kaiserstrand (Imperial Beach). The continuous Baltic Sea beach of Usedom Island has an overall length of exactly 40 km (25 miles) and an average width of 40 m (130 feet), making it the longest sandy beach in Europe.[2]

Tourism is the dominant economical sector of the Imperial Spas, with an increasing number of hotels and vacation homes every year.


Heringsdorf is located on the Baltic Sea coast of the island of Usedom, about 10 km as the crow flies northwest of Świnoujście.

Heringsdorf has been one of the most popular resorts on the German Baltic shore since its foundation. It consists of three parts: Ahlbeck on the Polish border, Heringsdorf proper (central part) and Bansin in the west. These three Kaiserbäder were the favourite spas of the German Emperors, and also called the bathtub of Berlin. They feature clean beaches and numerous scenic houses and mansions in the distinct style of Bäderarchitektur (resort architecture).

Partner municipalities

Heringsdorf is partnered with other towns and municipalities, namely Beckum in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), Folgaria in Italy, La Celle-Saint-Cloud in France; as well as Grodków, Tolkmicko and the neighbouring Świnoujście in Poland. In addition, Heringsdorf is in frequent contact with Djerba in Tunisia and the embassy of Morocco in Berlin.


The area is served by Heringsdorf Airport.


See also


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