In the unspoiled region of Darss-Zingst, ethereal landscapes and undulating hills embrace tiny villages and mystical lagoons. Darss-Zingst is a region that ignites and inspires a person, and for that reason has allured thousands of artists over the years, all who seek its rugged beauty and plethora of wildlife. The region’s most spectacular natural event is the mass migration of cranes in the spring, 60,000 of which swoop over the highlands in order to rest in this verdant haven.
The region’s principal town is Ahrenshoop, a creative coastal treasure that has a rich and remarkable artistic heritage; late in the 19th century, prominent German artists Muller-Kaempff and Frenzel discovered the village and, so impressed with the captivating coastal wilderness, decided to initiate an artist colony here. The town’s magnificent, reed-thatched Kunstmuseum pays homage to all of the artistic inspiration the place has elicited with a visual banquet of artwork.
Another alluring area of Darss-Zingst is The Bodden, a cultural and commanding splinter of lands that features isolated lagoons home to an amazing spectrum of fish. Further inland lie quaint clues to the area’s maritime heritage in the form of reed-thatched Captain’s Houses, authentic structure with colourful painted doors. Windmills and anachronistic fishing boats also decorate this wonderful wilderness, evoking an almost eerie sense of seclusion.
Prerow is a town that exudes calming aura of secluded serenity; the area’s maritime heritage is prominent within the Seafarer’s Church, where countless model ships jostle for position upon crowded shelves, and at the Lighthouse. Undoubtedly, the town’s most iconic landmark, the lighthouse symbolises a hopeful beacon amidst the violent sea.