The Fischland-Darß-Zingst region stretches from the Baltic Sea spa Graal-Müritz in the west to the eastern most tip of the peninsila, the Zingst. But thats not all: the southern coastline of the Bodden does belong to the region as well as the Vogelpark and Recknitztal region and the area called Vorpommersche Waldlandschaft. With their lush meadows, their colorful fields and their picturesque streams and lakes they are in no way inferior to the peninsulas diverse nature.
The area called Fischland is the southernmost of the former islands Fischland, Darß and Zingst. It is the narrow bridge that connects the peninsula to the mainland. It starts north of the Recknitzer Stadtwiesen and the Rostocker Heide. At its narrowest part it is only 500 meters wide, which means the Baltic Sea and the Bodden are always in close vicinity to each other. On its five kilometers of land the Fischland hosts the Baltic Sea spas Dierhagen, Wustrow and Ahrenshoop, which is also popular for its artists´ colony.
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Between the areas Fischland and Zingst you find the Darß, which is to a great extent under conservation and therefore, comes up with untouched flora and fauna. But there is more to the Darß than just the Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft National Park with its impressive lighthouse at Darßer Ort, the famous Weststrand (which is one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe) and the free-living red deer one can observe wandering the area in bright daylight. There is also the evidence connected to the area´s rich maritime past and its spa history one can marvel at.
The Zingst is the most eastern point of land of the peninsula Fischland-Darß-Zingst. It is around 20 kilometers long and between two and four kilometers broad. Wide parts of the former island belong to the Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft National Park. Among other things it inhabits one of the largest resting spots of cranes in Europe. Around 60.000 of the impressive birds gather here each autumn. The Zingst also is home to the identically named Baltic Sea spa town Zingst, which entices with its endless beaches and its diverse cultural program.
The Bodden coast
Along the coast of the Bodden one finds several charming villages and towns. Two of them are the so called “gates to the peninsula”: the amber city Ribnitz-Damgarten to the west and Barth with its lovingly restored town houses to the east. One will also find that the varied nature of the foreshore is very appealing for long bike rides, hiking tours and prolonged rides on horseback. Beyond that, the Bodden is also the ideal territory for water sportsmen.
The Vogelpark and Recknitztal region
South of the cities Barth and Ribnitz-Damgarten begins the Recknitztal region. This is where the river Recknitz winds through marshlands, blooming marshy meadows and colorful fields of rape, poppies and cornflowers. The best way to experience nature is to hike or bike on the Recknitztal-circular-track or to canoe on the river itself. Along the way one finds lovely towns with redbrick and manor houses that are worth seeing as well.
The Nordvorpommersche Waldlandschaft and the Trebeltal
East of the river Recknitz and west of the city Stralsund extends the Nordvorpommersche Waldlandschaft. Thanks to its vast stretches of timber it is the ideal habitat for the critically endangered European lesser spotted eagle. Due to this fact the region also got the byname “Schreiadlerland”. If one wants to leave civilization behind for a few hours to feel closer to nature, he will find refuge here as well.