Friday, May 30, 2014

Warnemunde, Germany

Thursday, May 29 was spent in Warnemunde, Germany, a seasonal resort in northeastern Germany. Warnemunde means the estuary of the river Warnow. The photo shows an train engine car made into a bar or pub.

Warnemunde, in the district of Rostock, is filled with outdoor markets.

Bright murals on the sides of buildings help portray the culture of the German city of Warnemunde.

Fishing boats, caf├ęs, and bars line the water front in Warnemunde.

Shops line the waterfront of Warnemunde.

Warnemunde is the center of maritime traffic, with navigational aids, such as the lighthouse (in the photo) still in use. The lighthouse was built in 1897 and is 121 feet high.

Attractive, well-maintained homes line the small cobblestone streets in Warnemunde.

Shop owners often live in apartments above their shops in Warnemunde.

Several of the travelers ate lunch in the Cafe Wegner and enjoyed homemade soup and bread. Also dining beside us was a German family - a father, two well-behaved toddlers, and their pet dog. The dog slept at the feet of the children while they ate their French fries with ketchup. Fathers were enjoying a national holiday in their honor; retail stores and other businesses were closed for the holiday.

The Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Warnemunde was established in 1871, the fourth one built in the town. The first was built in the 13th century. The carved gothic altar below is the work of a Danzig artist, dating from 1475.

Captain Bligh, a local bar which sells a variety of German beer, is busy on Father's Day.