Barth is a small town near the Baltic coast in Mecklenburg Western Pomerania, only 5 miles from the Darss peninsula. The town, which has been a state-approved health resort since 2015, is often called the “Gateway to Darss”.
Its coastal flair and the maritime industry, which is still present and active today, are prominently visible throughout the small town. In the 19th century Barth was one of the best known and most flourishing shipbuilding sites in the north of Germany, and even today it is still similar to the typical Hanseatic cities, although Barth was never a member of the Hanseatic League.

Its major landmark, St. Mary’s Church with its spire towering to 80 metres, is an imposing building in the centre of the old town and is still used as a navigational aid for seafarers. Many historical mediaeval buildings testify to the town’s impressive cultural history.

Since the beginning of the millennium, the small town by the lagoon with 8,600 inhabitants has called itself the “Vineta town”. Scientists from Berlin concluded from their research that Barth was connected with the location of the sunken town of Vineta. Is this really true? Nobody really knows. But as is typical of legends, there is probably a grain of truth in the oral tradition. Perhaps more, perhaps less. Anyway, the myth of “Vineta” can be experienced in the Vineta Citizen House which was opened in 2022 and is a modern “house for visitors” offering a year-round exhibition to convey an experience of the story, a tourist information centre, an art exhibition and a municipal library.

Today, Barth is a small modern Pomeranian town, but it has a lively tradition of celebrating its history. Examples include the annual children’s festival, the “zeesenboot” regattas with the typical local fishing boats and the barrel smashing tournament (Tonnenfest). These events are now part of the region’s intangible cultural heritage.