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Art & culture

Lovers of art and culture will be in their element in the nearby town of Bad Doberan. As the town has an important Cistercian Abbey it has for centuries been a centre for culture and religion. Today the abbey buildings, Ehm Welk's house and Bad Doberan racecourse are popular with locals and visitors alike.
Grounds of Bad Doberan Abbey and Kornhaus (corn store)
On a stroll through the grounds of the abbey you can explore the distinctive abbey buildings such as the brewhouse, ossuary and "wolf's barn". The Kornhaus (corn store), with its eyecatching Cistercian-style architecture, is part of the abbey, which was built around 800 years ago, and is today a popular meeting place and venue. There is also an exhibition which details the building's fascinating history.
Ehm Welk's House
This simple clinker brick building on the outskirts of town is where, from 1950, this author of famous German novels such as "The Heathens of Kummerow" ("Die Heiden von Kummerow") and "Gottlieb Grambauer's Hourglass" ("Die Lebensuhr des Gottlieb Grambauer") spent the last 16 years of his life. In December 1979 the house was opened to the public as a cultural centre. Ehm Welk's house is a vibrant forum for different branches of the arts with readings, literary colloquiums, theatre productions and concerts contributing to this lively cultural scene.
Bad Doberan Racecourse
Bad Doberan is a town steeped in tradition and it is here that Germany's oldest racecourse can be found. The first thoroughbred horse race was recorded in 1822 and took place in a field not far from the fashionable seaside resort of Heiligendamm. From that time regular meets were held under the patronage of the grand-ducal family, who were horse enthusiasts. These were held for the enjoyment of the illustrious visitors to the seaside resort. In August 1993 the new racecourse was officially opened on the original site as part of the celebrations for Heiligendamm's 200th anniversary. Since then race meets in Bad Doberan once again have a firm place in the German horse racing calendar.
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