At the marketplace

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The Hanseatic Town of Wismar

Wismar can offer a number of highlights suitable for tourists of all ages: the picturesque buildings in the historic Old Town alone are captivating. There are also many opportunities for day trips and excursions from Wismar.

The independent Hanseatic Town of Wismar is one of the most important towns for the tourist industry in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. In 2002, along with the Old Town of Stralsund, the Old Town of Wismar was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. The combination of lovingly restored patrician houses, with their characteristic decorative gables, and the impressive red-brick church makes the marketplace the centre of the town. With an area of about 10,000 m², it is one of the largest marketplaces in North Germany.

A special tip: Visit the local museum in the Schabbellhaus. Here you can see documents recording Wismar’s membership of the Hansa and Sweden’s rule over Mecklenburg and Pomerania in the 17th century. In addition, paintings by Carl Canow and the only remaining original Wismar “Swede’s Head” are exhibited. The brightly painted Swedes’ Heads were stuck on wooden stakes, which were driven into the seabed to mark the entrance to the harbour and were the town’s landmark.

The Hanseatic Town of Wismar is situated on the southern tip of the Bay of Wismar; from here you can make numerous day trips or excursions – either by boat or by car. Popular destinations are the Hanseatic Town of Rostock or the Island of Poel which lies out in the Bay of Wismar. Here the sandy beach, meadows and woods are ideal
for walking at any time of the year.

If you are planning a holiday in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, do not miss the romantic old Hanseatic town and its beautiful surroundings.

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