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World heritage

View of the brick-built Water Gate in Wismar

The spires of St. Nicholas' and St. Mary's church dominate the skyline of Wismar, the only Hanseatic town of this size on the southern Baltic to have been preserved virtually intact. Along with Stralsund, Wismar has been listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site. Both towns represent the heyday of the Hanseatic League in the 14th century.

Stralsund, once one of the foremost Hanseatic towns in the Baltic region, is a gem of brick-built architecture with its churches of St. Nicholas and St. Mary, Holy Spirit Abbey and town houses. In addition to Lübeck, Stralsund was the most important town in the whole Baltic region in the 14th century and it was chosen as the location for the peace negotiations (the Stralsunder Friede) with Denmark in 1370. The town's ornate merchants' houses and historical town hall stand as reminders of this time.

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Highlights in brief

  • Schwerin
    State capital, cathedral, castle
  • Neubrandenburg
    Town with four gateways
  • Stralsund
    UNESCO world heritage site
  • Greifswald
    Brick Gothic architecture, Baroque
  • Nature Reserves
    Island of Usedom, Feldberg Lakes, Nossentin/Schwinz Heathland, Mecklenburg's Elbe Valley, Mecklenburg's "Switzerland" and Lake Kummerow
  • Rostock and Wismar
    Hanseatic towns, zoo, UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Müritz
    Germany's largest lake after Lake Constance
  • Ribnitz-Damgarten
    Amber town
  • Woldegk
    Windmill town
  • Güstrow
    Home of the artist Ernst Barlach