As an expat in Europe, I am still completely in love with traveling by train. And as much as I adore Berlin, I am always quick to jump on an opportunity to get outside of the city and into nature. I took the train 3.5 hours northwest of Berlin to the Ostsee to spend a few days at Hotel Whitman, a lovely design and wellness hotel. It’s the perfect place to unwind for a few days. The hotel is located directly on the beautiful and peaceful Plöner See with misty views stretching over the horizon from your bedroom. There is something about waking up to the calming pattern of waves washing ashore and the birds singing that reset your mind and spirit.

The design hotel has been completely renovated and brilliantly curated. The minimalistic theme boasts pops of colors, modern lighting, and draping green plants in every room. All of the rooms are designed by world renowned designer, Werner Aisslinger, only using natural and sustainable materials. The hotels restaurant has lovely views over the lawn and lake offering organic, fresh, and high quality food, only made from the best local products. The wellness center also makes it possible for you to come for a few days and never want to leave the hotel itself. There is a large pool at the center, a sauna along with a steam sauna, a cozy relaxation area with lakefront views, and 8 brand new state of the art treatment rooms.

From the hotel there is so much to do and see in the region. Our first stop was checking out the gorgeous Prinzeninsel, an island in the middle of the lake with 360 degree views of crystal clear water and a sprawling forest. We then drove to the adorable and quaint village of Plön which is a red bricked old town leading up to the famous Schloss that overlooks the lake. The lake is absolutely massive and in the warmer months the perfect place to relax, swim, or for the adventurous type, plenty of water sports. We then drove on to the beach town of Scharbeutz with turquoise clear water and white sand beaches. It amazed me that you can find such a beautiful beach so far away from the Mediterranean. We strolled the long beach, had lunch at a cozy outdoor terrace with heaters and blankets on the beach front, and enjoyed coffee with endless ocean views. Before heading home we stopped by the Milk Farm, Käsehof Biss, where the hotel gets their cheese from. We got to meet and pet all the adorable cows, and learned all about the milking process.

Coming from Berlin you can choose two different train routes, one stopping in Hamburg, and the other stopping in the town of Lübeck. As I have already been to Hamburg many times I decided to check Lübeck out. The old brick gothic architecture is at the doorsteps of the train station and everything is easily reachable by walking. I researched the train station beforehand and found that they have storage lockers where you can store your luggage for only 3 EUR. So it’s a perfectly convenient way to do a half day trip on your way to the hotel. I would suggest you only need a few hours there to enjoy a traditional German coffee and cake, walk along the canal, and snap shots of the incredibly unique architecture.

Caitlin CollinsComment