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The Hanseatic City of Wismar

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Wismar, Germany

The Hanseatic City of Wismar

A Small City Of Character

Wismar is both a port and one of the Hanseatic cities in Germany that is important for its commercial and cultural attractions. It is situated just 45 kilometres from Lubeck and belongs to the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.

The city has a natural bay that is well protected and this has led to its development as an important city that is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The sea provide a wonderful backdrop for stunning sunsets and in the centre there is large city market square that is surrounded by historical buildings of some significance.

Architecture In Wismar

The buildings that line the city market square range in character. There are styles from the 14th century and new building were being added up to the 19th century. So, you can see North German Gothic styles and a range of others up to 19th Century Romanesque designs.



The northern end of the square holds the Town Hall which was erected between 1816 and 1819. It is in the neo classical style and is close to the brick Gothic patrician’s home (the Bürgerhaus) called the Alter Swede and this was built around 1380.

The Baltic Coast

Wismar is on the coastline of the western Baltic and is right on the edge of Poel island. It is the sixth largest city in the state and offers such a lot of beautiful sights for visitors. Gabled house and small cobbled streets really help to conjure up a picture of the past and you can see the influence of Sweden which owned this city during the 16th and 17th centuries. Even the patrician’s house is named the Old Swede (Alter Swede).

After A Tour Of The City

After a tour of Wismar and a look around the boatyards which still help to support the town, try a meal of some fresh fish that is landed daily in the port. There is plenty of choice when it comes to restaurants and cafes and you can sit back, relax and watch the sun go down over the bobbing boats in the bay.

Accommodation At Wismar

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Stadthotel Stern

With an elegant facade and placed in the historic district of Wismar, the Stadthotel Stern has beautifully decorated rooms and is only a short walk from the main station. Just 700 metres from the city centre, the hotel is an ideal place to stay. There is a free spa centre with beauty treatments and a sauna. A buffet breakfast is served each morning or you can have room service and enjoy breakfast in bed.

Steigenberger Hotel Stadt Hamburg

Located right in the heart of the historic district of Wismar, the Steigenberger Hotel has a lovely terrace where you can sit and relax after a day of exploration in this UNESCO world heritage town. The spa has a Finnish sauna and a steam bath. You can book beauty treatments and Kneipp therapy treatments are also available.

Steigenberger Hotel has a bistro where specialities from Mecklenburg are served and you can always enjoy the wonderful Mediterranean cuisine. Food is available throughout the day as is free Wi-Fi. The hotel staff are welcoming and all speak English.

Fründts Hotel

Fründts Hotel in Wismar has a stunning facade that makes it blend into the historic town. It has a central location with modern rooms that are fully equipped with a flat screen TV, private bathroom and a spa shower.

In the courtyard you can take part in a game of chess or just sit and relax with a coffee or wine. The hotel is only a three minute walk from the main station and a few more minutes walk will take you to the cafes and bars that line the waterfront of the town.

How To Get To Hanseatic City Of Wismar

By Air

There are two airports that you can use to get to Wismar. Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) is 265 kilometres away and Hamburg (HAM) is 131 kilometres distant. Both airports have good public transport links with Wismar.

By Train

A train leaves Hamburg Airport every 10 minutes for Ohlsdorf. Change to the U1 to Hauptbahnhof Süd then take the intercity or a regional express to Schwerin Hbf. There is an hourly service from Schwerin Hbf to Wismar. The total journey time is just under three hours.

By Road

The route from Hamburg Airport uses the A1 and A20. Leave on Flughafenstraße, Hindenburgstraße, Ring 2, Krausestraße and Hammer Str then take the A24 for 11 kilometres. Follow A1 and A20 to B208 Dorf mecklenburg and then take exit 8 to Wismar-Mitte. Turn onto B208 and use Schweriner Str. to Sargmacherstraße in Wismar. The journey will take about one hour 45 minutes.



Things To Do In Wismar

Wander Around The Harbour At Wismar

The Hanseatic city of Wismar is a seaport and it has a wonderful harbour where you can sit and watch the fishing boats or have a snack of fresh fish that has just been landed. There are also local cruises which are often prefaced by some sea shanty singing by local groups. You can choose either a modern boat or an old fashioned one for your trip around the harbour.

See The Marienkirche And The Kirche St. Georgen (St. Georges Church)

The Marienkirche is an old church that was badly damaged by bombs during the second world war. You can learn all about the church with the 3D film that is available for a small fee and there are some interesting exhibitions that are specially designed for children.

The Kirche St Georgen is an impressive building and you can go to the top of the tower and see the amazing views over Wismar and the sea. It is now used as an arts and Concert venue.

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