The town of Zingst with around 3,000 inhabitants, is located on the former island of Zingst. The three islands Fischland, Darß and Zingst have grown together and form a peninsula. The narrow coastal strip is surrounded by the Baltic Sea and a lagoon landscape. The Darß is the largest part of this landscape and therefore the peninsula is better known under this name than under the official name Fischland-Darß-Zingst. The peninsula continues to grow to the east and is getting closer to the island of Hiddensee.
Zingst is a seaside resort that lies on the Baltic Sea and on the lagoon Barther Bodden. Between the two waters is a strip of land about 1.5 kilometers wide, on which the village is located. On the Baltic coast, Zingst has a pier with diving bell, on the lagoon is the port of Zingst. In Zingst there are hotels, guest houses, restaurants and shops. But there is no old town with a market square and famous buildings. Zingst has a very nice sandy beach, which is separated from the town by dunes and trees. The row of trees is only briefly interrupted at the pier. From Zingst you can walk around 15 kilometers to the east along the beach. To the west you will come to Prerow after about 7 kilometers.
Prerow is the most famous Baltic Sea resort on the Darss. The name refers to the Prerower Strom, which was previously a connection between the Baltic Sea and the lagoon (Bodden). Prerow comes from the Slavic and means trench. The town of Prerow originated from this moat, which is still partially present today. Prince Witzlaw III built here the Hertesburg in the 12th century. The town of Prerow captivates with beautiful houses, but is relatively small with around 1,5000 inhabitants. The center of the town is at the intersection of Waldstrasse and Bergstrasse. If you follow the path Hauptübergang you will reach the sea. There are shops, restaurants and cafes on the Hauptübergang (photo).
The beach of Prerow is one of the most beautiful beaches in Germany and extends from the northern tip of the Darss Peninsula to Zingst over a length of around 10 kilometers. Behind the wide sandy beach are dunes and the coastal forest that runs parallel to the Baltic Sea and has been left as a wind barrier. Today the coast of the Darss is part of the Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park.
There is also a wooden pier in Prerow, from which you can see the long beach. From here you can also see the northern tip of the peninsula, with the lighthouse. The national park is suitable for bike tours and hikes. Numerous bird-watching towers overlook the wetlands on the wild northern tip of the Darss.
Ahrenshoop is located on the west coast of the Darß, on the former island of Fischland. The municipality of Ahrenshoop consists of the districts of Althagen, Niehagen at the Saaler Bodden lagoon and the largest district called Ahrenshoop on the Baltic Sea. The village lies on a narrow headland, which is barely a kilometer wide.
Ahrenshoop was located in the 14th century on a loop (watercourse) that connected the Baltic Sea with the lagoon. When the Duke Bogislaw VI had the town expanded into a port city, the city of Rostock raided the town in 1393 and closed the watercourse. From then on Ahrenshoop was a border post between Pomerania and Mecklenburg.
In 1892 Ahrenshoop became an artist colony, the first painters in the town were Carl Malchin and Paul Müller-Kaempff. From 1909, regular exhibitions were organized in the Kunstkaten. Another attraction is the Ahrenshoop Art Museum, which has won several architecture awards. (Link)
Also worth seeing is the windmill (photo) in the street Feldweg, in which there is a coffee house with a shop. Here you can sit in the large garden and enjoy delicious cakes.
The beach of Ahrenshoop lies behind the dunes that run along the coast a few meters from the village. On the beach you can walk over 14 kilometers to the north. To the south, you will reach Wustrow after about 3 kilometers. The fine sandy beach is in the northwest direction, so the sun shines in the evening over the sea. Spectacular sunsets are not uncommon on Ahrenshoop beach. The nearest land behind the sea is the Danish island of Falster, which is around 35 kilometers away.