Stralsund from above


Not only is the year 1234 easy to remember, it also marks the beginning of Stralsund’s exciting history. In the Middle Ages, maritime trade shaped the fate of merchants, often bringing unprecedented wealth and prosperity. Stralsund was once an important trading and transshipment hub of the Hanseatic League. Later, the department-store giants Wertheim and Tietz would open their first stores here. And today, the city is an attractive shopping location, offering a wide range of products and services. Stralsund’s town hall is also a popular place to take a stroll and window-shop. Historical ambience included!

Anyone who loves historical architecture will feel right at home in Stralsund’s old town: historical gabled houses and especially the three colossal red brick churches St. Mary’s, St. Nikolas’ and St. James’ are impressive monuments that bearing witness to Stralsund’s former wealth and status. The Stralsund museums are real visitor magnets. The Stralsund Museum attracts visitors with its gold treasure, the German Oceanographic Museum and OZEANEUM fascinate guests with their aquariums, and the Marine Museum on the small island of Dänholm tells thrilling tales of adventure.

The Hanseatic city of Stralsund is embedded like a pearl in the picturesque landscape of the German Baltic Sea region. This region promises unique nature experiences on the endless beaches of the islands of Rügen and Hiddensee and the Fischland-Darß-Zingst peninsula. Tradition, tourism and technology characterize the business location Stralsund, where, in addition to established companies in the maritime industry, more and more innovative service and high-tech companies are settling. The Stralsund University of Applied Sciences and the Technology Center point the way for the future of science in the region.

Facts & Figures

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Year 1234

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54.30963 latitude and 13.08208 longitude

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UNESCO World Heritage

Historic Centres Stralsund und Wismar, since 2002

What is the city known for?

  • Town Hall
  • Rügen Bridge
  • Bismarck Herring


  • Harbour Days
  • Historical city festival “Wallensteintage”
  • Sund Swimming
  • Rügen Bridge Marathon