“A day at the sea” festival and us in the middle of it!

At the festival with Ines and Sophia

Do you think lying relaxed by the sea in the sunshine is all you need for a perfect beach day? Then you have probably never been to the “Tag am Meer” – Festival in Prora on Rügen.

Neither of us is really the ideal example for regular festival visitors but when we heard about the family festival on the beach we were immediately thrilled. A youth hostel with a campground in the middle of nature, the beach and the Baltic Sea directly in front of the door and in addition varied music with groovy beats – which coastal fan does not get off his socks?

the sea and the beach © TMV/Holstein

For the 6th time the State Youth Association Mecklenburgburg Western Pomerania presented the festival on and in front of the youth hostel grounds in Prora this year. Designed in the Third Reich as a holiday resort but never used for holidays this building combines the last 80 years of German history like no other. To add another happy chapter to this memorial the “Day by the Sea” festival (Tag am Meer – Festival) was created here. Colourful, open-hearted, with a great backdrop, relaxed atmosphere and a music program from Dub House, Reggae, via Drum´n´Bass to chillout and electro.

In advance you can decide whether you want to spend the day on the festival ground in Prora or stay with your camping ticket at the campsite. Of course you can also sleep in one of the rooms in the youth hostel Prora for the weekend. Since the festival area is not far from the railway station in Prora and the connections are also good it is advisable to travel by public transport. This saves you having to look for a parking space as the hostel grounds can only be used with a camping ticket.

The Youth Hostel Prora © TMV/Holstein

We crossed the Rügen Bridge under a grey sky around noon, yet looked forward to a “day by the sea” and soon reached Prora. Until we arrived at the youth hostel and the campground the first rays of sunshine appeared. We parked the car and stored our things for the day in one of the lockers of the youth hostel. Already some tents had spread over the meadows.

On the way to the actual festival area we already met some colourful outfits and glittering faces. The otherwise inactive part of the youth hostel served as a gateway to the festival grounds. A red and white lighthouse, colourful signs, food trucks and the forest stage stretched between the trees. Music came out of the speakers and the DJ bobbed to the beat of his beats which spread among the spectators and dancing festival visitors.

The Forest Stage © TMV/Witzel

A small forest path led us to the beach. At the artist stand of “Viva La Mouf” there were beautiful jewellery made of lovingly designed natural materials and handmade illustrations. On the opposite suitable clothing was offered for fans of the Baltic Sea.
Right next to it we found everything to optimize our festival look – we did it like the others and had our arms painted with glitter, bright colors and henna color – there were no limits to creativity here.

Necklace and Festivaltattoo © TMV/Holstein

And then we saw the sea and the music from the beach stage blew towards us. A cool drink in our hands up to our knees in the water and looking at the stage we watched the filling beach section.

Foodtrucks and Foodmile at the Festival © TMV/Holstein

After some time we decided to test also the culinary offers. Healthy and hearty food from the grill, a salmon skewer and a beef burger from the food truck were great creations for us as connoisseurs. We drank the “Tag am Meer” coffee with decorated milk foam at the edge of the forest stage to the DJ’s beats.

The white decoration of sailcloth on the beach during the day brightened in the evening and rounded off the festival atmosphere with a colourful show of lights. Live music by Mr. Fuchs & Ms. Elster, Ava Asante, TAGTRÄUMER and other DJs made it possible to dance into the night in front of the forest and beach stage.

Beach Stage © TMV/Witzel

The “day by the sea” left us with the beautiful feeling of sun and warmness on our skin. On the way back we already planned to visit the festival next year but then with the camping ticket and tent in our luggage.

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