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Zingst is a health resort in Mecklenburg- Western Pomerania. It is situated on the Baltic Sea and it has been an important Baltic Sea health spa since 2002. As well as the peninsula, there are also smaller islands offshore that belong to the town. Tourism is the most important industry there but this has not been the case for long. It was not until the 19th Century that the first tourists came to the peninsula, after the economic crisis the figures rose sharply. Many new inhabitants came after the Second World War to Zingst, the holiday accommodation was turned into residential buildings. Up until the year 1949, new accommodation was built and this enabled tourism to prosper once more.
Rostock-Laage Airport is the nearest airport to the town of Zingst. You can cover the 90 km distance with a rental car in a good 75 minutes. Zingst does not have a railway station. If you want to travel to Zingst by train, you need to travel from the railway station Ribnitz-Damgarten by bus for around 90 minutes until you reach Zingst. You can do the journey by car via the A 19 and the A 20. These end around 50 km before the peninsula. From here you can travel further with the main and rural roads until you reach the town.
Alongside the municipality of Zingst, there is only the district of Müggenburg. This is situated to the South East of the central area. It also comprises settlements on the island of Kirr. The island is actually uninhabited and it is mainly used for livestock farming. The island of Barther Oie is also uninhabited. It is classified as a conservation area.
You will not find many historical buildings in Zingst. It is a relatively young resort. The most important architectural monument in Zingst is thePeter-Pauls-Kirche. It was built between 1860- 1862 in the neo-Gothic style. The church building was constructed out of yellow brick, several red trims permeate the building. The pointed arched windows on the sides look like those that you would find at a castle. The crow-stepped gable on the East and West sides of the church are elaborately designed and they are reminiscent of other buildings which were developed in the North German brick Gothic style. The wooden beam under the roof structure is lavishly decorated.
If you want to marvel at more tourist attractions in Zingst, you should take a walk to the harbour. It is a small harbour but it has 42 landing stages. The traditional ship „Mona Lisa“ is docked up directly next to the harbour. If you go further to the Seebrücke Zingst „Zingst sea-bridge“, you should walk the 270 metres to the end. At the end, there has been a Tauchgondel “Diving Capsule” since the year 2013. It is in this capsule that you can travel three metres under the surface of the water and discover the Baltic Sea.
The Heimatmuseum Zingst “Zingst Museum of Local History” is a place that you should most certainly visit. The converted captain ́s house dates back to the year 1867 and since 1991 the museum of local history has been housed here. It accommodates an extensive selection on the history ofseafaring on all of the seven seas. There is an exhibition of eleven boat models that were important in history. Based on the models and the descriptions of them, you can submerge yourself in the history of seafaring. An additional exhibition in the museum deals with art in Zingst. The works of local artists and pieces of art that depict Zingst are exhibited.
In the Zingster Experimentarium children will find what their heart ́s desire. By using play equipment, children can learn about mechanics, optics and electrical engineering. This museum is also a welcome change for adults who like to explore. There is a large, attractive playground that is surely unique in Zingst. Some boat models are also located in the garden which you can inspect and thus you will also feel like you are on a boat trip.
You should definitely pay a visit to the traditional restaurant „Fischerklause“ during your stay. In the year 1954, a fish pub was opened here. In the following years, it was converted into a restaurant and since then it has been continually extended because both the tourists and local inhabitants have often been guests here. Today, almost everything still revolves around fish dishes. No matter how you like your fish cooked, they will be able to cater for you here. It ranges from a fish soup to start with and then fish platters, pan-cooked dishes and fish cooked in its own juice. There are also regional meat dishes such as cured knuckle of pork. The range on offer is topped off by Schnitzel dishes from 13, 90 euros and a children ́s menu.
There is a somewhat different type of cuisine provided at the restaurant of the Hotel Meerlust. Here, everything focuses on bio products that come from the region. The restaurant has already been awarded excellent several times.