The history of the Darß is beautifully reflected in some Prerow buildings. Some of the wooden doors on the homes tell the stories of brave sailors and of the lighthouse back from the days when the signals were still made of fire.
On walks through Prerow, you’ll discover many wonderful witnesses to the past. Whether it’s a captain’s, fisherman’s, or peasant’s house, they all have one thing in common: they are covered with thatched roofs made of reed. A practical natural building material directly from the lagoons that protects against heat in summer and insulates in winter.
The most beautiful characteristic of these buildings is probably the colourful doors, from the late 18th century when seafaring flourished in the town. Richly decorated doors let the neighbours know that a successful seafaring family lived in that house. Carved symbols such as sun crosses, flowers, and anchors were supposed to give blessings of peace and prosperity to those who cross the threshold.