Wismar and Stralsund: Towns from another era

Join us on a little trip to the Middle Ages: On the Baltic Coast, Wismar and Stralsund used to be trading towns, and their historic glory still shines today. Their architecture, including numerous monuments, includes Gothic masterpieces of religious architecture such as the St Georgen and St Marien churches in Wismar, or the St Nicolas Church and the St Katharinen monastery in Stralsund. They not only prove the architectural heritage of ancient trade centres, but also indicate their political and economic significance in the Middle Ages. Since 2002, numerous buildings in both towns have become UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As well as impressive architecture, these historic towns offer numerous natural beauty spots, national parks and miles of walking routes.

The town of brewery traditions

In the 13th century, Wismar and Stralsund went through a rapid economic boom. Their wealth came from their famous beer production. Wismar alone exported up to six million litres a year in the Middle Ages. In the Thirty Years’ War the Swedish monarchy conquered the region. Today you can see lots of baroque town houses and Swedish government buildings. Under their pretty roofs, coffee, cake and regional delicacies are waiting for you, and hopefully, of course, classic fresh fish as well.

A town like a film set

In 1922, the town of Wismar was the filming location for the horror classic, “Nosferatu - A Symphony Of Horror”. Every weekend you can take part in tours of the famous sets of this film, starting at the Marienkirche.

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Germany, at the very heart of Europe, has an incredible amount to discover. We took to the road and captured what we found, to whet your appetite for your next trip to Germany.