Aerial view of Greifswald ©Krueger


The University and Hanseatic city of Greifswald is centrally located in the Baltic Sea region and only 150 km from the German-Polish border in the metropolitan region of Szczecin.The maritime heritage of the old Hanseatic town is vivid at the unique Museum Harbour which is the largest in Germany.
The 3 brick churches St. Nikolai, St. Marien and St. Jacobi form the skyline of the city and the beautiful Greifswald market square. The Eldena abbey ruins are a further important object of the “European Route of Brick Gothic”. They are the central motive of the popular romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich and therefore made the city world-famous.
Greifswald celebrates Friedrich`s 250th birthday anniversary in 2024 with lots of events, workshops and symposiums. 

Facts & Figures

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Year 1199

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54.09579 latitude and 13.38152 longitude

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What is the city known for?

University and science city

The university with 10.000 students is the city´s lifeline. Along with numerous scientific institutions it creates an innovative atmosphere which shines from inside out.

City of culture 

Not a day goes by in Greifswald without a reading, concert, exhibition or other cultural highlights. The university with its 10,000 students who organize various music festivals also make a large contribution to this. The international festivals such as Nordischer Klang and polenmARkT are particularly special.

Birthplace of Caspar David Friedrich (paintings can be seen in the Pomeranian State Museum) / Ruins of Eldena abbey

Cycling-friendly city

Greifswald is the most cycling-friendly city in whole Mecklenburg Western Pomerania, according to a study of the German Cycling Federation (ADFC). Short and modernized cycling paths make Greifswald to a city full of cyclists.


  • Festival of Nordic Sound 
    It is the largest festival of Nordic culture in Germany. It is a major platform for artists from whole Scandinavia as well as Finland.
  • Fischerfest Gaffelrigg
    The Gaffelrigg fishing festival, the largest maritime folk festival in the Western Pomerania region, has historical roots: In 1908, the Wieck fishermen challenged the university's academic sailors to a competition in their Zees boats. Experience what has developed from this duel. The festival traditionally takes place on the 3rd weekend in July.
  • A Day with Caspar David Friedrich
    Every year on the last weekend in August, Greifswald celebrates its famous son Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) and invites you to travel back in time to historical romanticism. From 10:00 a.m., the city's cultural institutions will open their doors free of charge and provide insights into the life and work of the romantic painter.