Though Bad Doberan is a relatively small town, it is quite well known throughout Germany as a popular bathing resort, due to its beautiful coastal location and historic importance. It has also been the site of several important events over the years, including the 2007 G8 Summit. The city dates back to 1177, when Cistercian monks founded a monastery here, but has a modern-day reputation for its healing spas after several clinics opened in the late 20th century. With the famous spa resorts Kühlungsborn and Rostock-Warnemünde just around the corner, it offers a wonderful starting point to explore the East German coast along the Baltic Sea, a true holidaymaker’s paradise.
Location: On the Baltic coast
The small town of Bad Doberan is located on the north-east coast of Germany in the district of Rostock. Bad Doberan is divided into a historic town centre and several outlying rural districts. It is situated in a naturally beautiful area, as the town centre is only six kilometres from the Baltic Sea, and the town itself is nestled between beech tree forests. Bad Doberan’s proximity to the sea has helped it develop a reputation as a bathing resort, especially the district of Heiligendamm, located right on the Baltic cliff line.
Business: A healing spa town
Much of Bad Doberan’s economy and commerce depends on tourists that flock to the town because of its reputation as a healing resort. Occasionally, important conferences are also held in the town, such as the G8 Summit, which was conducted in Bad Doberan in 2007.
Culture: Classic architecture and war memorials
Travellers will find plenty of beautiful classical architecture in Bad Doberan to marvel at, such as the buildings located in the centre of the town and Heiligendamm, built in the 19th century. The oldest and most prominent building is the Doberan Minster, a former Gothic Church constructed in 1368 and part of the European Route of Brick Gothic. Several museums and memorials, including the Town and Resort Museum that showcases the history of the area, together with memorials to fallen soldiers from the “Great War”, can also be found throughout the city. A visit to Heiligendamm is mandatory, as the coastal area is the oldest seaside resort in Germany.
Activities: Bathing resort
Many tourists flock to the Molli, a historic 19th century steam railway located in Bad Doberan that serves as an attraction as well as transportation to the coastal areas of town. Visitors can also relax and bathe in the resort of Heiligendamm, or if they are lucky and happen to be in town at the right time, catch the Zappanale festival, a tribute to the music of Frank Zappa.