Peenemünde

Peenemünde is on the island Usedom in the state Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in Germany.

A4-Modell HTI Peenemünde

Understand

Peenemünde is the birthplace of the infamous V-1 flying bomb and V-2 rocket. The V by the way stands for Vergeltungswaffe (retaliation weapon) the propaganda-term the Nazis used for their technological last ditch efforts at turning the tide in the waning moments of the lost war. They were developed, tested and launched from here during WW2 and the site was heavily bombed by Allied forces. Not much is left of the factories, but the power plant, some rockets and a bunker remain for visitors. After the war Peenemünde was used as an East German military base; consequently there is also a lot of East German military equipment on show.

Get in

The Usedomer Bäderbahn UBB has a connection to Zinnowitz, and then onto the main German rail network.

It is about 50 km by car from Greifswald.

There are also smaller ferries from Rugia (Rügen) in the summer.

See

The power plant
V1 rocket and launch ramp
U 461

Do

Buy

Books of the history of Peenemünde and rocket science, e.g. at the gift shop of the historical-technical information center Peenemuende. There are also model rockets available.

Eat

There is a restaurant in the power plant, and in the harbour you will find many smaller kiosks selling hot dogs, ice creams and other refreshments.

Sleep

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