Our historic town walks take you on a journey through Prerow’s past. Discover relics from when Prerow was still just a simple seafaring and fishing village. Historic Tour No. 1 is dedicated to Darß structures dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
Historic Tour No. 2 looks at the history of Prerow as a seaside resort. In the late 19th century, former sailors, activists and architects laid the first foundations for today’s tourist industry. Head out on your own and discover Prerow’s rich history.
Historic Tour No. 1: Prerow – the Seafaring and Fishing Village / Typical Darß Buildings of the 18th and 19th Centuries.
Until the early 1700’s, life in Prerow was marked with deprivation and isolation on a stretch of land made mostly of sand from sea where barely enough grew to give the people a subsistence living. The forest with its wood, berries, mushrooms, and game, the waterways teeming with fish, and the meadows for livestock to graze were what kept the community here going. Reeds along the shore supplied material to support the roofs of houses.
Familiar with the sea, the people of the Darß began venturing further and further out, building boats, and acquired products from further away that could not be sufficiently produced locally. They soon became known as experienced, skilled sailors and merchant ships recruited them as crew. Some locals even invested in buying or building their own ships. The sailing days on the Darß and Fischland reached their zenith in the mid-19th century and a number of houses from that era remain standing in Prerow to this day.
The oldest buildings in town include the Seemannskirche, the Pfarrwitwenhaus, and the Eschenhaus. Many of the older clay crofts have not survived, however.
Prerow grew in an east-west direction from the harbour area along the ancient paths of the seaside sand dunes. In between were wet sinkholes that were often under water in spring and so remained undeveloped.
Historic Tour No. 1 gives an impression of the kinds of structures built on the Darß during the heyday of the village as a base for seafaring and fishing in the 18th and 19th centuries. Many houses are now listed buildings, meaning they are protected historic homes. Further information on buildings on the Darß is shown at the Darß-Museum.