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Stralsund (map) officially the Hanseatic City of Stralsund. Since 2002, Stralsund’s old town with its rich heritage is honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with Wismar in Mecklenburg.

The heart of the old town is the Alter Markt Square (map), with the Gothic city hall (13th century, map). Behind the city hall soars the imposing St. Nicholas’ Church (map), built in 1270–1360. The square is surrounded by houses from different periods, including the Gothic Wulflamhaus (a 14th-century patrician house, today a restaurant, map), and the Baroque Commandantenhus (map) of 1751, the old headquarters of the Swedish military commander.

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Of more than 800 listed buildings in Stralsund, more than 500 are designated as individual monuments in the Old Town. In twenty years, from the Wende (turning point) in 1990 to November 2010, 588 of the more than 1,000 old buildings were completely refurbished, including 363 individual monuments.

Saint Mary’s Church (map), built in 1383–1473 in Gothic style, is the largest church in Stralsund, and from 1625 to 1647 it was the world’s tallest structure.

The Monastery of Saint Catherine, mainly built in the 15th century, houses two museums today: Stralsund’s Museum of Cultural History (known for e.g. the Gold Jewellery of Hiddensee, map), and the German Oceanographic Museum (map), Germany’s largest aquarium and oceanographic collection. The ancient refectory of the monastery is one of the most spectacular Gothic interiors in Germany.

St. John’s Abbey (Franciscan monastery built in 1254, map) is one of the oldest buildings in the city.


Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

VVR – local bus network

BUS: MeinFernbus | Stations & Destinations — Germany’s largest long-distance bus company. + FlixbusBerlin Linien BusPostbusMeinFernbusDeinBus. Information on almost all bus routes in Germany – (*Intercity buses in Germany)

TRAIN: Deutsche BahnGerman Rail PassVGNSNCB International • ÖBB • Thalys • RailEurope. (*Rail travel in Germany)

AIRPORT: Berlin Airport • Cologne Bonn AirportFrankfurt AirportStuttgart AirportHamburg AirportMunich AirportDüsseldorf Airport

FERRY: Color LineTT-Line / Sylt Island Ferry: FRS SyltfähreAdler-Schiffe. Lake Constance Ferries: The largest lake in Germany, Lake Constance offers several ferry routes connecting Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

Historic Centres of Wismar & Stralsund – UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The UNESCO World Heritage sites of Wismar and Stralsund were important trading cities in the Hanseatic League of northern Germany during the medieval period and the middle ages. We were only able to visit Wismar, but were very impressed with the neat town square, beautiful buildings, and the enormous ruins of two churches, at one time amongst the largest brick churches in the world. Unfortunately both were heavily damaged in Allied air raids of World War II, and only one was rebuilt.

video source: World Heritage Journey / /

Useful websites.

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Visa Navigator. Which visa do I need? Requirements for the issue of visas for longer stays. Answer a few simple questions.


Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair). It is held annually in Munich, Bavaria.

Deutsche Bahn.

Travel information, train tickets, online tickets, regional day tickets, affordable offers for rail travel and city breaks.

Berlin Art Link: A digital platform for contemporary art and culture in Berlin, providing information on exhibitions, events, and festivals.

Goethe-Institut: A worldwide organization promoting German language and culture, with branches in many cities across Germany, providing information on cultural events, exhibitions, and festivals.

Time Out Berlin: An online guide to Berlin’s cultural life, providing information on events, festivals, and nightlife.