The Strandkorb―a German Seaside Tradition

No picture of the quintessential German seashore would be complete without a Strandkorb. These hooded wicker beach chairs are as much a part of the Baltic and North Sea beach landscape as dunes and seagulls. With a padded and lined interior, protective hood, sun visor, fold-out foot rests, stowable tray table and compact storage, the Strandkorb represents a neat little home-away-from-home on a sandy beach, grassy bank or even just in the backyard. Invented 130 years ago by a basket-maker in the Baltic port city of Rostock, the Strandkorb is today found all along Germany’s northern coasts and inland along lakeshores from Berlin’s Wannsee to the southern Lake Constance. German Strandkorb makers today export them all over the world.

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Photo Essay―The Strandkorb

Berlin: Sonne satt am Wannsee