Heringsdorf's first pier - the "Kaiser-Wilhelm-Brücke" - was built in the last decade of the 19th century. At 500 m long, it was Germany's longest and in addition to servicing the steamboats that ran between Ückermünde, Anklam, Ahlbeck, Swinemünde and Stettin, it was also home to a number of businesses. The original bridge was destroyed by fire and ice in the middle of the 20th century before being rebuilt in 1995. 8 metres longer than its predecessor, the new pier is not only the longest in Germany, it's the longest in continental Europe. Once again, the pier has attracted business and the half kilometre walk into the Baltic is complemented by interesting shops, enticing cafes and top restaurants. The pier is also home to a wax museum and shell museum.