In recent years, Travemünde has undergone a visible transformation. The sanatorium was renovated and today is home to a luxury hotel with spa centre. “Front Row” street along the Trave is a pedestrian zone in the summer, with numerous cafés and a unique view of the giant ferries passing by just a few metres away. On the Priwall peninsula a vacation centre is being developed, with holiday villages, hotels and shops.
Despite all this, the place retains its unique atmosphere. The 100-year-old promenade, the large Brügmann gardens directly adjacent to the sea, the sports ports, sailing docks and the casino give the location more distinctive character than the newer bathing resorts along the coast.
Scandinavia Quay, the largest terminal of the Lübeck ports, is located upstream on the Trave and is one of the most important ro-ro and ferry ports in the world. 22 million tons of goods are handled here every year. As many as 13 large ships moor each day, making for a fast connection between northern and eastern Europe.