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Cruising in the Baltic: The best places to visit

The Baltic Sea offers a unique sailing experience with an assortment of islands and sheltered waterways. With its diverse nature, you can find yourself lost between the different landscapes and expansive sceneries. From the long sand dunes in the south to the rocky mountain ranges in the north, there is truly a lot to see and do on the Baltic coast.

The new Princess Motor Yacht Sales office in Neustadt benefits from being ideally located on the Baltic coastline with beautiful islands and marinas just a short hop away.

Lying just a short distance in front of the office at Ancora Marina is the Bay of Lübeck, hosting picturesque marinas and a city centre famed for its heritage and historic museums. Germany may not originally strike you as a beach holiday destination, however Lübeck and its unspoilt beaches and sand dunes is a surprise worth making the journey for. In the early 19th Century, this area of Germany was seen as the ‘German St Tropez’, favoured by holiday makers looking for long sandy beaches and clear waters.

Venturing further east along the coastline, you come across the historic city of Rostock, accessible via the Hohe Düne Marina known for its luxurious hotels and spas. If you’re looking for a weekend away to treat yourself to a bit of pampering, the wellness hotel in the resort is the perfect place to go. This marina is the only 5-star marina in Germany and offers 750 berths for sailors from all over the world, with the capacity to berth larger yachts with all comforts and amenities close by.

A little way on lies the beautiful island of Rügen, the island of famous chalky white cliffs. This is known as the largest island in Germany and is especially famous for its imposing high chalk cliffs rising over 100m above sea level. Rügen is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a popular holiday destination off the Baltic Sea, accessible by its many impressive marinas.

To the north of Neustadt, you will find yourself in the Bay of Kiel through which maritime traffic entering or leaving the Baltic through the Little Belt in the northwest or the Great Belt in the north is required to pass. From here, you can cruise into the Kiel Fjords and the Kiel Canal. With its expansive views, this is one of the most frequented commercial ship routes between Hamburg and the Baltic Sea.

Close to German coastal waters are a series of Danish islands with smaller marinas and boutique, picturesque market streets to while away your time in. Zealand, Funen, Als and Langeland are just some of the islands lying in the Danish straits connecting the Baltic Sea to the Kattegat sea area.

A cruise on the Baltic Sea certainly has a charm of its own against other favoured cruising destinations. The prime Baltic cruising season was once limited to between July and August, however voyages are recommended to now take place any time between May and September. Temperatures may be a bit brisker at these times so it’s good to bear this in mind, although you will avoid the summer crowds! Temperatures during this time range between 11°C in May and 18°C in late August.