Dreamy and beautiful, of course! - Fischland-Darss-Zingst

KarteThe peninsula Fischland-Darss-Zingst is found in the northeast of Germany, specifically in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, west of the island of Ruegen.

Popular seaside resorts are Dierhagen, Wustrow, Ahrenshoop, Prerow, and Zingst - all of which are on both the Baltic Sea and the lagoon Bodden. Wieck Darss and Born Darss are idyllic places - however, they extend only over the Bodden side.


The shape of the peninsula Fischland-Darss-Zingst - interaction of man and nature

Historically, the contour of the peninsula is the result of the last ice age. The temporal-cold core-island chain of Fischland, Darss, and Zingst were formed over the course of time by the natural movement of sand thus forming today's peninsula. The last remaining gaps were connected by man. After the great storm of 1872, it was decided to close up the Prerow-Strom on the sea side. Being that the junction was already heavily silted, the establishment of a dam was thus a reasonable solution. In the following years, the dam was built further to the east. The destructive power of the elemental forces was to some extent curbed and the current shape of the peninsula had taken form.

Locals divide their peninsula today into:
  • Fischland - Wustrow with its hamlets of today's Baltic Sea resorts of Ahrenshoop - Niehagen and Althagen
  • the Darss with the places: Ahrenshoop (Western Darss), Born Darss, Wieck Darss Prerow
  • Zingst with the Baltic Sea Resort Zingst.

The Baltic Sea Resort Dierhagen is situated just before the Fischland. Therefore, it is referred to as the "gateway" to Fischland-Darss.

Nature of the peninsula Fischland-Zingst

The landscape of the three original island cores has very different vegetation. First, there is the Fischland, which is all but without a single forest. Starting with Ahrenshoop, the flat Western Darss begins the link to the second island core - the Darss. Its scenic beauty is characterized by dunes, marshes and meadowed areas. The subsequent Darss forest is also next to a wooded area of dunes, marsh and moorland, part of the National Park "Western Pomerania Lagoon Area".

Darss forrest

After crossing the Prerow-Current, east of the village Prerow, the Zingst opens up. This third island core consists largely of forested areas. The adjoining Sund Meadow includes its own way typical vegetation types of the peninsula. All three core-island-areas together give the region its especially scenic beauty.

History to the old border

The border between Mecklenburg and Western Pomerania was once by today’s Ahrenshoop. This border can be recognized by its labeling with oak piles. The street name "Border Way" recalls the former division. The greater part of the peninsula Fischland-Darss-Zingst belonged to Pomerania, an area which stretched from Ahrenshoop to Zingst.

Linguistic origin of the name for the core-islands

The name Darss offers several possibilities to the question of its linguistic origin. Thus, once said "the land of Barth and the Darzu Peninsula" led to a change in pronunciation to Darßu. The geographical situation of the peninsula Fischland-Darss-Zingst, namely northerly from the mainland and laying sideways, thus the low German name of "dwars", which today would mean "horizontally positioned". Favored in the derivation of the name of the peninsula is a return to the old Slavic word "draci", which refers to the thorn bush. This would be an appropriate translation of "draci" - the thorn country.

Zingst - "surrounded by water", is certainly easy to deduce. Probably related to the field name "seno" the term for hay or better "hay place" together, in the face of many meadows, is not surprising.

The name "Fischland" requires no great research, owing to the many fishing villages located there.

By the way, many Darsser believe that they are descended from stranded English sailors from the 14th Century. Many actually have English names such as Wallis, Newmann or Kraeft.

Coastal protection is a very important concern

The western Fischland as well as the Altdarss, as already mentioned, are exposed to the prevailing westerly and north-westerly winds, which wreak a steady demolition of wind, rain, frost and sea waves, especially during storm surges. Strong currents transport material breaking off from the north and carry it around again to the north coast of the peninsula.


Many coastal protection measures are taken. Examples include bare dunes, breakwaters, sand dunes with vegetation, coastal protection forests, dams or dikes.

Vacationing on Fischland-Darss-Zingst

Fischland-Darss-Zingst is a popular holiday destination in any season for nature lovers, families, art lovers, sports enthusiasts and recreation seekers. Comfortable cottages or apartments will make your stay in this region a truly memorable one. A well-developed bicycle and hiking trail system invite you to explore the region. Coveted locations are the primitive Darss forest in the National Park "Boddenlandscape", the natural west beach as well as rides along the lagoon.

Go on a discovery tour

A special kind of natural phenomenon in this area is the migration of cranes in spring and autumn. Along the coast of the Bodden, numerous crane observation points have been established.


Museums, as well as local fishing houses, report about life in the former sea-faring and fishing villages. In some places, venerable captains' houses are still to be discovered today. While touring, one often sees a lovingly crafted door, known as Darsser doors. The numerous churches of the peninsula provide information about the maritime history of these places in their own special way.

"The Joy of Swimming" in the Baltic Sea

When it comes to the quality of bathing water, one finds Mecklenburg-Vorpommern at the top of all German states. Wide, with fine-sand, the beaches invite one to go swimming! The shallow water is ideal for small children. Favorite finds are shells, rocks or fossils. Similarly, many animals and plants can be discovered while walking on the beach.


How some tradition are maintained in the Fischland-Darss-Zingst

In many places, "Barrel Beatings", an ancient custom, are regularly held. It is a competition, which is usually played on horseback. A hanging wooden barrel is beaten with clubs as participants ride by on horseback. Their clubs being their only weapon! All this in order to determine the king! Even ice sailing has a long tradition on the Darss. However, the baywater doesn’t freeze over every year. But when there is even the smallest evidence that the ice can be traveled upon, the ice-sailors are under way! Although not as old, the regattas are gaining in popularity. It is a visual delight to experience traditional sailing boats in full rigging. For those who enjoy traditional sailboats in miniature scale, can discover the secret as to how the ships get into the bottle!

Fischland-Darss-Zingst - an alluring region in every season

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