Along the long sandy beach, bathers brave the not so cold waters, but typically enclose themselves within a traditional Strandkorb on the beach, a covered chair which protects them from wind and sun.
Kuhlungsborn might be said to be in its third incarnation. First as a grand resort for the well to do of pre-war Germany to take the waters in the newly constructed grand resort and spa hotels and boarding houses.
Secondly, the forcibly nationalised properties were used as cheap holiday and health resorts for regulated holidays for East German citizens. During DDRs standard holiday period of July to August, Kühlungsborn was packed with holidaymakers. The cost of the holiday facilities was very low, normally 60-100 East German marks for 14 days full board.
And lastly, reborn again as a thoroughly renovated holiday destination for citizens of the reunified Germany, huffing and puffing their way to the beach on the century old steam train the Moiilbahn.