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The boardwalk on the far side of Lippe, Germany
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Indelible Memory: Baltic Coast Beaches

By Hideaway Report Editor

October 30, 2017

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Between Ole Liese and Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort, in the coastal town of Hohwacht, is the start of one of Europe’s great beach walks. We passed a popular stretch of sand speckled with colorful Strandkörbe (hooded basketlike chairs) and walked along low dunes covered with wild rose thickets. Bright-red rose hips had already started appearing, but numerous pink blossoms still remained. Soon the paved path turned into more of a nature trail, with dunes on one side and pastures or wetlands on the other. Wooden stairs climbed the dunes in places.

The path became a boardwalk along the top of a meadowy ridge, and I took in a view encompassing the deep-sapphire Baltic, a distant flashing lighthouse and gleaming-white swans gliding across a salt marsh pond.

Before returning to Hohwacht, we stopped for lunch at Restaurant Klabautermann, a cozy thatch-roofed eatery near the marina of Lippe, with tables overlooking the sea. The turbot, caught that morning in the harbor, was simple perfection: delicate and moist, with a crunchy, buttery breading. Our cheerful waitress asked if we planned on returning for lunch the next day. I told her that we did, hoping that my promise, though impossible to keep, might somehow come true.

<em>Strandkörbe</em>, which are hooded basket-like chairs, lined up on the beach in Hohwacht, Germany - Photo by Hideaway Report editor
Turbot with roasted potatoes from <em>Restaurant Klabautermann</em> in Lippe, Germany - Photo by Hideaway Report editor

Between Ole Liese and Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort, in the coastal town of Hohwacht, is the start of one of Europe’s great beach walks. We passed a popular stretch of sand speckled with colorful Strandkörbe (hooded basketlike chairs) and walked along low dunes covered with wild rose thickets. Bright-red rose hips had already started appearing, but numerous pink blossoms still remained. Soon the paved path turned into more of a nature trail, with dunes on one side and pastures or wetlands on the other. Wooden stairs climbed the dunes in places.

The path became a boardwalk along the top of a meadowy ridge, and I took in a view encompassing the deep-sapphire Baltic, a distant flashing lighthouse and gleaming-white swans gliding across a salt marsh pond.

Before returning to Hohwacht, we stopped for lunch at Restaurant Klabautermann, a cozy thatch-roofed eatery near the marina of Lippe, with tables overlooking the sea. The turbot, caught that morning in the harbor, was simple perfection: delicate and moist, with a crunchy, buttery breading. Our cheerful waitress asked if we planned on returning for lunch the next day. I told her that we did, hoping that my promise, though impossible to keep, might somehow come true.

<em>Strandkörbe</em>, which are hooded basket-like chairs, lined up on the beach in Hohwacht, Germany - Photo by Hideaway Report editor
Turbot with roasted potatoes from <em>Restaurant Klabautermann</em> in Lippe, Germany - Photo by Hideaway Report editor
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