Seaside Resort Sellin
Sellin is a popular Baltic seaside resort on the island Rügen. Along the magnificent Wilhelmstrasse (Wilhelm Street) you can find an ensemble of the well-known Bäderarchitektur (Spa Architecture) which is typical of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and small shops are lined up along the magistral, which leads directly to the 30 meter high cliff coast and its famous Seebrücke (left of picture).
The villas were built at the end of the 19th century during the founder’s time of Germany and, due to their white coating and artistic facade details, gave their spas the nickname “white pearls”. The architectural style of the so-called Bäderarchitektur can be found mainly along the German Baltic coast and can be recognised not only by the colour but also by its delicate ornaments, turrets and elaborately built verandas. In an eclectic way, stylistic elements from classicism, historicism and art nouveau are being used.
About ten villas on the Wilhelmstrasse are protected as a historic monument, the remaining buildings and empty sites are deliberately renovated or rebuilt in the same style in order to preserve the historical identity of the place. In the panorama, Haus Eintracht (4th villa from the right) is part of the listed villas. Also the historical coloured façade of Haus Salve is listed. Still, future buildings and paintwork in the Wilhelmstraße will be only permitted in white.