Now I will be the first to admit that I never really knew Germany had beaches. Forests yes. Mountains maybe. But beaches? Surely not. In all my imagining of my life in Germany, I never thought I would be sunbathing on a beach in a bikini in May. But that was just my reality when we decided to hop in the van for a little road trip a few weeks ago. One thing I really love about having a van is the freedom that comes with it and the ability to head off exploring different parts of Germany at a moment’s notice knowing our bed is waiting wherever we park up for the night. We’re actually planning to give the Sprinter a total makeover and turn it into a full camper van for bigger trips across Europe over the next year, and I’ll be blogging about every step of the makeover at a later date. But now, back to the beach and our trip to Timmendorfer Strand, just a 90 minute drive from Hamburg, it was the perfect day trip out of the city.The weather has been just incredible since I arrived, hitting 25-28 degrees most days and I’ve been loving getting out and exploring the city in the sunshine and sunbathing in the lush parks. So when a particularly hot day hit, we couldn’t wait to grab our swimmers and head to the ocean to cure our hangovers. May has been the perfect month for this as the boyfriend has had a lot of extra days off due to countless public holidays – every single weekend so far as been either 3 or 4 days! Sadly I’ve been told now they’re all over until October, so at least we made the most of it by squeezing in a few good trips. Timmendorfer Strand is a great place to head to when you need a break from city life, it’s easy to get to, easy to park and a lovely place to enjoy the sunshine.When you head down onto the breach, there are so many cute little wooden seats that you can rent for the day. Totally adorable but I just pinched one for the photos rather than hiring one, I was much more keen to lay out on the sand and soak up some vitamin D and vitamin SEA. The beach was busy, we definitely missed the gorgeous open, empty beaches of Western Australia (where we met) but it was lovely for a day out. If you ask me, being by the ocean is the perfect way to ease a hangover and make the most of a day off. We weren’t brave enough for a dip in the ocean though, it was a bit Baltic for our tropical tastes and sticking a toe in was about as far as either of us got. But there were a few brave souls who went in for a swim or to throw a ball – one guy was swimming there all day. My favourite bit was all the really cute little old men who were walking laps up and down the beach, all of them looked so grumpy but spent the afternoon walking up and down in front of us.It’s not overdeveloped but there are lots of great places to pick up drinks and snacks along the seafront, think more cute seaside town with the charm of Brighton but not as busy. They even have a cute little jetty and a pier which almost looks inspired by Brighton Pier. I know that nearby Rugen Island – where we are actually going for my birthday – has been called the Brighton of Germany due to its own cute little pier and striped wooden seats, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it compares to it’s British counterpart. As you can see from the pics, it looked almost tropical that day on the beach and we couldn’t have been luckier, let’s just hope we were as lucky with the weather for my birthday weekend.

Wearing: Bikini is from Zaful, online here. Dress is current Primark, jacket is old Primark and the shoes are from XYLondon, available online here (these are also available in a rose gold and white).

We’re already planning so many adventures both within Germany and across Europe for the year and we can’t wait to get the van ready. If you’ve been to Hamburg, or Germany, and can recommend any places to visit – leave me a comment below with your suggestions.

Have you been to the beaches in Germany? How do you think they compare to the rest of Europe? What beaches are you planning to escape to this summer?