Heringsdorf is a municipality and a popular seaside resort town located on the Baltic Sea coast of the island of Usedom, about 10 km as the crow flies northwest of Świnoujście. It is also known by the name Kaiserbad, which in English means Imperial spa.
Heringsdorf has been one of the most popular resorts on the German Baltic shore since its foundation. It consists of three parts: Ahlbeck on the Polish border, Heringsdorf proper (central part) and Bansin in the west. These three Kaiserbäder were the favourite spas of the German Emperors, and also called the bathtub of Berlin. They feature clean beaches and numerous scenic houses and mansions in the style of Bäderarchitektur.
The fine sandy beach stretching about 12 km (7.5 miles) from Bansin over Heringsdorf to Ahlbeck and Swinemünde (nowadays a Polish spa), is also called Kaiserstrand (Imperial Beach). The continuous Baltic Sea beach of Usedom Island has an overall length of exactly 40 km (25 miles) and an average width of 40 m (130 feet), making it the longest sandy beach in Europe.
Tourism is the dominant economical sector of the Imperial Spas, with an increasing number of hotels and vacation homes every year.
While cruises are available year round generally the Atlantic island cruises are escapes from the northern winter (October to March) while cruises to the European Capitals are scheduled through the northern summer (May to September)
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