The very name Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has fascinated me since childhood, although I had no clue what it was like. Finally, in summer 2018 I unraveled my life-long phantasies. This is what I learned: Everything is close to the water, in the north it is the Baltic Sea, further south about 2000 lakes, large and small are scattered throughout the wide land. During the train ride from Berlin to Stralsund I passed through places like Altenpretow that sounded so Prussian that my excitement grew by the minute. During my two weeks I explored Stralsund, a former Hanseatic hub, sunny Rügen, Germany largest island, and car-free Hiddensee.