Welcome on board the trail of the cities and sites that were important in Germany during the Swedish Period of 1630-1815. Approximately 700 km in length, this cultural and historical route follows German-Swedish history through the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and parts of Brandenburg. The fascination of the "Old Swedes".
The Swedish Heritage Route consists of both a coastal route, a western route and an eastern route. It spans from the Baltic Sea island of Rügen to Großbeeren east of Berlin , from Gadebusch in the west to Peenemünde and the island of Usedom in the east.
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This route tells of significant events such as the Thirty Years' War, the rise and fall of Sweden as a great power, the rise of Prussia, the social changes that took place in the 18th century and the upheavals of the Napoleonic Wars. It includes sites of touristic interest commemorating Swedish-German history from 1630 to 1815, a time known as the Swedish Period in Northern Germany. Even today many relics from this period remain.
The Swedish Period
In 1630 Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden and his troops landed on the island of Usedom in Eastern Germany. From here he conquered the Duchies of Pomerania-Stettin and Wolgast, so commencing a period that is commonly known as the "Swedish Period" today. This period began in 1630 in the midst of the disturbances brought by the Thirty Years' War and ended with the return of Wismar to Mecklenburg after being in pledge to Sweden for 100 years.
Swedish traditions and an abundance of nature
German-Swedish history is brought to life in the route's numerous museums. The Baroque castle and gardens of Griebenow in Pomerania, for example, are a symbol of the Swedish Era of Great Power. A journey through history on the Swedish Heritage Route also brings together the best that culture and nature have to offer. Swedish traditions, including the annual St. Lucy's Day celebrations, are still observed today in some communities along the coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the uniquely beautiful and diverse countryside on either side of the route truly has something to offer everyone.
Length: approximately 700 km
Theme: the Swedish Period in Germany
Anklam: the Otto Lilienthal Museum
Greifswald: Pomeranian State Museum, soap works
Rügen Island: chalk cliffs, Spyker House (Schloss Spyker)
Peenemünde: historical old quarter, museums
Prenzlau: St. Mary's Church (Marienkirche), Boitzenburg Castle, Dominican abbey
Schlatkow: Swedish History Museum
Schwedt: Swedish entrenchment
the Hanseatic City of Stralsund: UNESCO World Heritage Site, command headquarters (Commandantenhaus), the German Oceanographic Museum
Usedom: seaside villa architecture
Wolgast: historical old quarter, museums
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