Guided tour through Sellin on the isle of Rügen

Bäderarchitektur Sellin Wilhelmstrasse
Bäderarchitektur Sellin Wilhelmstrasse

Gerhard Parchow, the chronicler of Sellin, guides you through the renowned boulevard “Wilhelmstraße”. He accompanies his guests from the former “Warmbad” (historic bathhouse) to the famous Seebrücke (Sellin pier) and along magnificent villas in the style of “Bäderarchitektur” (typical regional architecture referring to the bathing/spa traditions of Baltic Sea resorts) on Wilhelmstraße.

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Gerhard Parchow is the best expert when it comes to history in terms of the Baltic Sea resort of Sellin on the isle of Rügen. The chronicler was born in Sellin. His ancestors had been fishermen and peasants since the 15th century on the Mönchgut peninsula. His guided tour is a very special one because he knows a lot of things you cannot find in a regular travel guide. You get to know unique details about the spa tradition and its special architecture, the “Kurhaus” (old spa house), the famous “Seebrücke” (pier), “Warmbad” and “Wilhelmstraße”. Starting from June 2017, the tour will be guided by his son Michael Parchow.

Here, however, you can hear the “Guardian of Sellin history” in person. Gerhard Parchow starts at the former Warmbad of the Baltic Sea resort of Sellin, where today the “Kurverwaltung” (Baltic Sea resort administration) receives its guests. Once the bathtubs were filled with heated seawater in the former Warmbad. “Mare Sanat” was the motto with which the healing power of the Baltic Sea was passed on to the guests. A “Bannmeile” (no-go zone) used to guard bathing ladies from prying eyes.

On the “Kurplatz” (main square) with the Kurhaus the tour stops a little longer because of the stunning view onto the pier of Sellin. This famous landmark of the island of Rügen is the “Grand Old Lady” of the traditional spa architecture on Rügen. Through the years the pier experienced a lot. Built in 1906, it was repeatedly destroyed by wind and weather. At the end, it was a club where also Rock ‘n Roll was played. Once a Bannmeile (no-go zone) of 50 meters secured the baths of the ladies from prying eyes. It was not until 1921 that “Freibaden” (open-air bathing) came into fashion in Sellin.

The prince created the boulevard of the Wilhelmstraße

In 1895 the prince of Putbus had the idea of building the “Ostseebad” (Baltic Sea resort). Thus, from the former “green bridge” turned into the boulevard of Wilhelmstraße. The first hotel in the new street was built in 1896 and was known as the “Hotel Fürst Wilhelm” – the later Kurhaus. At all times it was the first house on the main square. Today, wedding parties like to stay here after the wedding ceremony has taken place on the pier.

Step by step the amazing villas were built in the style of the famous spa architecture. Today many of them are classified as historical monuments and were lovingly restored after the fall of the wall.

About Albert Einstein, a drowned captain and waiting in line in Haus Sellin (House Sellin)

Using the example of different houses in Wilhelmstraße, Gerhard Parchow tells you stories about the beginnings and the development of the spa architecture in Sellin. Even though historic and newly built villas in the Wilhelmstraße alternate, the radiant white spa architecture still determines its character. With its bay windows, turrets and verandas, it spills the charm of the past and conveys to everyone who walks along the promenade a sense of the ease of being.

If you would like to participate in a guided tour, you can join us from the beginning of June until the end of October at 10 o’clock. Meeting point is the Kurverwaltung in Warmbadstraße opposite the Kurpark.

Note for the individual discovery tour with the Audioguide: Because the data reception in Wilhelmstraße is quite low, it is recommended to download the tour beforehand via APP to your own mobile device. Thanks.