Usedom Island – Some Facts
The Usedom Island is one long sandy beach, and you can enjoy the spa, good food, a nude beach and shopping excursions.
Most resorts on the island are primarily for relaxation and beach life. Heringsdorf, located on the German part of the island, is more lively but peaceful.
Usedom is located in the Baltic Sea and is 445 km ².
Between 1648 and 1720, the island belonged to Sweden. It was then sold to the King of Prussia.
After World War II in 1945, Poland got 72 km ² of the island’s southeastern part.
The island has approx. Eighty thousand inhabitants and 45,000 on the Polish side.
The biggest cities are Swinoujscie in Poland (formerly Swinemunde, in German time) and Heringsdorf on the German side of the border.
Along the island is one long sandy beach known to be finer than on Rugen.
The largest city in Usedom is Heringsdorf. Here you get a little more life than on the rest of the island.
Restaurants, pubs and entertainment some evenings at the scene on the boardwalk.
The beach is lovely, and you can go shopping or enjoy food and beverages at the Italian restaurant on the pier.
Between Heringsdorf and Świnoujście is Ahlbeck. From here, it is 2 kilometres from the Polish border. A popular excursion to walk or bike.
Ahlbeck is a smaller place with a few spa hotels and a nice pier with a restaurant.
FKK – Nudist beaches
Usedom is like Sylt Island, known for a long tradition of nude swimming and sunbathing.
Having such a relaxed and natural relationship with nudity feels nice!
If you want to sunbathe naked, there are nine nudist beaches in Usedom, including one on Ahlbeck, 300 meters from the Polish border.
Polish authorities asked that it would be put up signs that warned of nudist beaches and that naked people could not be too close to the border :).
Mention may be made in connection to that; the Poles sell lots of porn on the Polish market just across the border in Swinoujscie.
So what can we say – Long live the double standard 😉
Nice bike and walking paths between all locations in Usedom, and you can easily rent a bike and get over to Poland.
After the border, continue and take the first major road to the right.
After a few hundred meters, you will see the market.
It looks to be a popular excursion in search of cheap bargains.
Here you will find clothes, cigarettes, fishing gear, trinkets, and many other things you may need or not …
There are very few things you can think of buying here.
Lots of poor quality and the sales personnel are not particularly pleasant.
Still fun to walk around a bit as relaxation from the beach life.
Looking for Spa and Relaxation?
Then Usedom Island is a good option—excellent spa hotels in both Heringsdorf and Ahlbeck.