If you visit Warnemunde on a cruise ship the Alte Strom (Old Channel) is only a 5 minute walk away; from the quay side follow the signs to the railway station and go through the underpass; once past the station there is a charming bridge over the channel. This a perfect spot for taking photographs, with excellent views in every direction.
The quay side is a pedestrian zone, but watch out for cyclists and the road train which trundles along the promenade from time to time.
Along the road are gabled houses with glass covered verandas and small front buildings these have been typical of the town for centuries. There are old fishermen’s cottages converted to cafes, bars and shops, many with character and very few selling low quality items. On boats moored at the quay there are open restaurants cooking freshly caught fish and seafood whilst greedy gulls hover and squawk as they search for pickings.
Boat tours of the harbour and the Ostsee (Baltic to you and me) can be booked and depart from this quay, but if you wish to take a boat to Rostock this service leaves the quay where the cruise ships dock.
At the end of the Alte Strom there is a small square where you will find the old lighthouse and the famous Teepott with its amazing roof, this a lovely spot to spend a few minutes. Also close by is Lutheran church, inside is a carved pulpit, a statue of St Christopher and magnificent carved altar, well worth a visit and only 2 minutes from the bridge.
The walk from the church to the bridge along narrow streets passes many beautifully maintained old buildings, generally with small gardens and some with the traditional family goat.
The Alte Strom is bright, colourful and welcoming it is a lovely place to spend a few hours.
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