- Country Hotel Timmendorfer Strand
In October last year, I escaped for a long weekend with friends to the Baltic Sea, where we stayed at Timmendorfer Strand. We checked into our hotel, the lovely Country Hotel Timmendorfer Strand. The four of us had booked two double rooms, including half-board (breakfast and dinner), a fruit plate and prosecco in the room, and day tickets to the nearby Therme (a large spa/sauna/pool facility). The price: quality ratio is fantastic here. Our first night, after a long and traffic-filled drive from central Germany, we relaxed with a glass of wine and the buffet spread at the hotel – which included a great selection of hot entrees, cold salads, desserts, and antipasti.
The next morning, we awoke to brilliant sunny skies, practically shouting at us to walk along the beach. And so we did, marvelling at the balmy fall temperatures and salt fresh smell of the sea. Thoroughly rejuvenating.
We putzed around Timmendorfer, a tiny town composed solely of shops and restaurants. In the afternoon, we decided to jump in the car and drive the short distance to Lubeck – a famous North German town, known nowadays for making the best Marzipan in the country! The town was cute, however the weather was becoming inclement so we didn’t laze around for too long. We popped into a local seaside restaurant for a fabulous fresh fish dinner, and after the four of us shared a mammoth “Captains Seafood Platter”, we arrived back at the hotel full, sleepy, and happy.
The next morning, keen to use our Therme day passes, we walked along the beach and arrived at the Therme. A warning to all non-Germans – in saunas in Germany, everybody is in their birthday suit. That’s right – no towels, no modesty, expect the full-frontal experience from age 3 to age 93. It’s a bit of an assault on the senses at first, but you quickly become accustomed and soon forget you are wandering around naked in a hot room with other naked people.
The Therme is really lovely – different saunas are scattered both in and outdoors – at various temperatures, with scents of lavender, pine, and citrus (my favourite). There are also steam rooms, pools, a balcony overlooking the sea, and if you’re really looking for a thrill, the frigid Baltic Sea is right there for a dunk!
We perused the various saunas and all settled in for the day, alternating between sauna, pool, book reading, and napping. Incredibly relaxing. That evening, back at the hotel, we enjoyed “Flying Tapas” night – I always enjoy the German take on Spanish tapas. A little bit off, but still good.
On our final morning before driving back home, we walked towards the harbour, littered with cute fishing boats and hosting a farmer/craft market, where we bought some small trinkets and the MOST delicious loaves of pumpkin bread, warm from the oven and spread with soft local butter. A delightful way to end an indulgent weekend.