Culinary delights and historic attractions in Dömitz
On the shores of the Elbe river that was once the border between the two German countries lies the town of Dömitz. After the German reunification a bridge was built again, across the river to connect the East and the West and it turned into an important commuters’ route. Stand on this bridge to be where up until 30 years ago a strongly protected border separated the German people. Let that historic gravity sink in for a moment.
But the city has much more to offer. Allow me to introduce you to a few things to do in this pearl of Nordic Gothic architecture. Get out into the countryside and breathe some fresh air!
The fortress is our own Pentagon, with five fortified corners! Built during the 16th century it is a landmark of Renaissance defence architecture. Guided tours are available for groups only (15 people or more), otherwise it’s self-guided. They are open every day but Monday.
From the port you can take a boat for a short cruise along the river to see the world from the water side. I promise, it looks completely different! There are some brave kayakers here in the summer months, too, but be warned, the current is strong and there are a lot of cargo ships on the river!
I love long walks along the dams of the river, looking at water, surrounded by nature. If you are like me and you love spending time in peace and quite, take advantage of the tranquillity of this place!
In the port there are some tall standing brick buildings, once used to store grains and other cargo. One of them has been turned into a hotel, with a private beach, RV camping spots, fish restaurant and, on the rooftop a café with a 360 degree view of the town and the river. If you decide to stay here, you may want to ask for one of the rooms in which the bath tub is placed so that you can watch the ships while you soak.
Once a year, they celebrate the port’s birthday (Hafengeburtstag) here with a huge event lasting all weekend. If you would like to stay during that time, make sure to book your room long in advance, as they sell out quickly.
Italian ice cream
Across the port you’ll find what I believe to be the best ice cream parlor in the state: Tiziano. The owner is from Naples and spends his summers here making ice cream and his winters with his family in Italy. He even has plenty of choices for lactose intolerant customers and any other food allergy.
In case you’d like to get out of the hotel in the evening, try Martin’s. It is a cosy bar in the old town, near the church where they have live music, good food, coffee and drinks. It is a comfortable walk from the port and the hotel.
In case you bring the kids along, check out the tree top trail: a playground high up in the trees, fun for the while family. Just a few minutes’ drive between the bridge and the port. Make sure to call ahead to book a time. They like groups and kid’s birthday parties!
In case you’d like to venture out for a meal, I recommend the 15min drive to Vielank. The restaurant “Vielanker Brauhaus” is a sister property of the hotel in Dömitz. They keep their own kettle, brew their own beer and distill their own whiskey, which you will also be served in Dömitz. The Brauhaus is popular in the area, not least because of it’s themed decor and Flammkuchen right out of the stone oven.
So off you go! See you in Dömitz!