Riding Holidays: Pomerania

Admittedly Pomerania is not the most famous place on the planet. The truth of the matter is that unless you’re German or Polish you might not have even heard about the region, which is found in northern Germany and Poland along the Baltic Sea. In the same way that Bavaria is a region unto itself in Germany and the cities of Krakow and Warsaw are unique among Polands numerous and ancient cities, the region of Pomerania is absolutely unique.
The region of Pomerania was, for most of its history, an independent political entity, neither a part of Poland nor Germany. What makes its history especially captivating for two regions that often warred with one another—Germany and Poland to use the modern terms simply for sake of ease and at the expense of historical accuracy—is that Pomerania was neither German nor Polish, but rather both and thus developed its own unique culture.
The costal region doesn’t have much a hinterland and hugs the coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Germany—starting a couple of hours north of Berlin—and extending right across northern Poland to the the city of G’dansk. Although it has neither daunting mountains nor tropical beaches, Pomerania has a beauty all of its own with the occasional sand dune, numerous lakes, eerie bogs and scores of little islands, making it the perfect place for a horseback riding holiday.
Pomerania has had both Slavic and Germanic cultures for thousands of years, and was often influenced politically, culturally, and economically by the Scandinavian countries, making it one of Europe’s melting pots, going back thousands of years. It’s importance in the history of the region can hardly be overstated and its coastline is dotted with lighthouses, castles, monasteries, and other remnants of a Europe of the distant past.
As such an important region the infrastructure is quite good and it’s easy to get to Pomerania from Germany’s capital Berlin or from the ancient and vital city of G’dansk, once called Danzig when it was inhabited primarily by the regions German-speakers.
The region can get extremely cold in winter and can go for weeks or sometimes (although rarely) months without seeing sunlight. Although you may have the possibility to see icebergs floating by in the Baltic it’s probably much more enjoyable to visit during the summer when temperatures are warm and pleasant without being overbearing.