The Warnemünde Church is a Lutheran church located in the Baltic seaside resort of Warnemünde. It originated from about 1200, mostly to serve and protect the fisherman who settled in the Warnow area, later called Warnemünde.

Since that time, four Warnemünde Churches have been built. The first church was destroyed by war in the 14th century. The second church was again destroyed by war in the 15th century. The third church served the community for about 400 years. The congregation numbers grew steadily as the population of Warnemünde transformed from a fishing village into a popular seaside resort.

The new Warnemünde Church’s construction began in 1866. It is built of brick in a Neo-Gothic style, inspired by medieval architecture.

Warnemünde Church is built of brick in a neo-Gothic style. The building dates from 1866. It is a Lutheran church and because it is situated in a coastal area it has votive ships hanging inside. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr

Warnemünde Church is built of brick in a Neo-Gothic style. The building dates from 1866. It is a Lutheran church, and because it is situated in a coastal area, it has votive ships hanging inside. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr

In the church, you will notice two votive ships. Votive ships are presented to churches by seaman or ship builders as an offering in return for protection and a safe return home from sea. The votive boats displayed date from 1825 and 1887. The oldest one is located in the northern aisle.

These types of offerings can be found in coastal regions of Northern European churches in Germany, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The recently restored Gothic carved altar dates from 1475. The crucifix in front of the altar is the oldest piece in the church, dating from the early 15th century.

Warnemünde Church is built of brick in a neo-Gothic style. The building dates from 1866. It is a Lutheran church and because it is situated in a coastal area it has votive ships hanging inside.

Warnemünde Church is built of brick in a neo-Gothic style. The building dates from 1866. It is a Lutheran church, and because it is situated in a coastal area, it has votive ships hanging inside.

There are 60 wooden house marks displayed on a wall of the church which had been carved into the pews of the previous church. These house marks represent local residents from the time of the old church.

Warnemünde Church is built of brick in a neo-Gothic style. The building dates from 1866. It is a Lutheran church and because it is situated in a coastal area it has votive ships hanging inside.

Warnemünde Church wooden house marks represent local residents from the time of the old church. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr

The organ played during church services and concerts was built in 1975.

Guided tours are available during the summer season and tourists are welcome to join any of the services. Special music events are also scheduled during this season. For more information check the Warnemünde Church website.

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