Autumn is so kind to us. It’s still incredibly mild, so we’re really making the most of the weather by spending as much time outside as possible. Last weekend, we decided to take a trip to the seaside and as Amy and I hadn’t been yet, we thought the Gespensterwald (ghost forest) in Ostseebad Nienhagen would be a great idea.
Obviously, there are no ghosts in the forest that lines the coastal cliff of Nienhagen. The trees, however, look quite spooky. Aged 170 years and exposed to the Baltic Sea’s strong sea breeze, they lean away from the inland sea that connects Germany with Scandinavia, Poland, and the Baltic states and create a unique spectacle of natures. It’s especially dramatic when it’s foggy.
This time, however, we enjoyed the most beautiful sunshine. We walked through the forest, played on the beach and built dens and stone cairns. Amy had an absolute blast as you can see in the pictures below.
Beach fun at Gespensterwald Nienhagen
Nienhagen’s Gespensterwald is easily accessible via Hotel ‘Nienhäger Strand’. You can park your car there and head straight into the forest or down to the beach. We went into the forest first and it’s a fab place for kids to explore. Amy balanced on fallen tree trunks, built little dens and hid in those already there.
When we visited the path through the forest was bustling with bikes and pedestrians which was a bit of a pain as Amy loves running around and skipping wherever she wants. I guess during the week it’s a little less busy. We simply avoided the hustle and bustle by popping down to the beach. Amy happily played with pebbles and sticks while we just sat in the sand and relaxed. It was the perfect autumn day and although I was already full of tonsillitis and bronchiolitis by this point, we couldn’t have asked for a better Sunday.