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Your harbour experience in Travemünde


Passat am Hafen in Travemünde

The four-masted barque, PASSAT, rests majestically at anchor in Travemünde’s Passat harbour as an emblem of Travemünde. It once belonged to the fleet of legendary Hamburg shipping company Ferdinand Laeisz whose “Flying P-liners” were known throughout the world. 66 of the company’s 86 ships were given a name starting with the letter “P” after the nickname of the wife of Carl Laeisz who was known as “Poodle”. These steel giants were particularly at home on the stage around the stormy Cape Horn during the so-called saltpeter journey transporting saltpeter from Chile to Europe. Today, the PASSAT is a floating memorial to seafaring on which you can spend the night and even tie the knot. Below deck, it offers cabins and holds which were once used to transport corn and guano fertilisers besides saltpeter. A visit to the maritime museum in the belly of the ship is particularly to be recommended; the exhibition is based on the diaries of the ship’s boy Herbert Schäuffler who was hired to work on the windjammer in 1923.


Paar spaziert durch den Fischereihafen

With its rustic, maritime atmosphere, steel cutters and small fishing boats, the fishermen's harbour tempts visitors to do some “ship-watching” and chat with Travemünde’s fishing folk. You can enjoy delectable food in one of the small fish restaurants, buy freshly caught fish directly from the cutter and try delicious smoked fish straight from the smokehouse. Or you can treat yourself to a tasty fish roll for a snack between meals. It’s best to eat it with your hands with matjes herring, mackerel or fried herring. What bliss! A completely new harbour promenade for strolling is currently being created in the fishermen's harbour with restaurants, cafés and 243 high-quality freehold apartments with a direct view of the big vessels arriving and departing. The first building block of the comprehensive redevelopment has already been inaugurated: with a new storage depot, the fishermen now have a spacious, modern replacement for their previous old containers. Feel free to drop in!



Every year, there is a major sand sculpture festival on the site of a large boat shed in Travemünde’s fishermen's harbour. During the entire summer season and into autumn, you can admire around 150 works of art made of sand and at least one metre in height which have been created by sand artists from all over the world. Visit the sand sculptures!


Segelboote auf dem Wasser

Travemünde Sailing Week is one of the most beautiful sailing events in the world. Every year, more than 1,500 active sailors from all over the world take part in the international races over the regatta courses in Lübeck Bay which are shown on large LED video walls right on the beach. Travemünde Sailing Week also offers an international sailing forum for up-and-coming youngsters. The family atmosphere of the event is legendary, and you can watch the competitors close up as they prepare and then as they fight for German, European or international titles. The unique combination of high-class sailing and maritime festival on the Trave and beach promenades has been inspiring visitors since 1889!


Alexander von Humboldt

The terminal on Ostpreußen quay is located on Vorderreihe at the heart of Travemünde. Guest sailors regularly tie up here in summer and even cruise ships up to 200 m in length anchor here. If you sit in a café on Vorderreihe, you can almost reach out and touch the ships. Larger ships such as the MS “Queen Elizabeth” from the Cunard line which also come to Travemünde from time to time, can moor at the neighbouring Scandinavia Quay.


Luftaufnahme des Skandinavienkais

You can detect the scent of the big wide world on Travemünde’s Scandinavia Quay, one of the largest freight and ferry harbours in Europe. There are ferry connections from here to Sweden, Finland, Lithuania and Latvia. Besides the existing RoRo traffic, the focus is increasingly on business with forestry products and new cars. A genuine hub in the Baltics!

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