Aerial view of Greifswald ©Krueger


The University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald is a historic yet young and vibrant city by the sea.
The old town with its museum harbour and university, welcoming local people and a year-round programme of music and culture all contribute to its appeal as a place of history and Hanseatic heritage, innovation and maritime flair. 
Greifswald is also the birthplace of Caspar David Friedrich (1774 –1840), Germany ́s leading Romantic landscape painter.
His evocative landscapes, with their thought-provoking imagery and compositional detail, have come to symbolize the Romantic movement in general. 
The sea, the harbour as well as Brick Gothic architecture served as Friedrich`s main motifs. A few of his paintings can be seen at the Pomeranian State Museum.


Ruins of Eldena Abbey ©Wally Pruss

Ruins of Eldena abbey

The impressive ruins of Eldena abbey are about 5 km away in the eastern part of the University and Hanseatic city of Greifswald. As a central motif in the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, the most famous son of the city, the ruins of the monastery became known and famous worldwide as a symbol of Romanticism.

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Harbour in the evening light ©Wally Pruss

Old town and museum harbour

The Hanseatic city of Greifswald is one of the most important cities along the European Route of Brick Gothic. A total of nine buildings belong to the legacy of the brick Gothic, including the town hall, the two gabled houses on the market, the three churches in the old town, the ruins of the Eldena monastery, the tower of the fangs and the St. Spiritus cultural center. The 11,000 m² market square, paved with Lusatian granite, displays the heart of the historic old town. Not far away from the old town is Greifswald`s museum harbor situated, with is the largest museum harbor in whole Germany. 

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Wiecker "Holzklappbrücke" (wooden bascule bridge) ©Wally Pruss

Fischerdorf Wieck

The tranquil, approx. 800 year old fishing village Wieck is a district of Greifswald and is located around 5 km outside the city center at the confluence of the Ryck and the Greifswald Bay. The listed village is one of the oldest fishing villages along the northern German Baltic coastline and has been able to retain its maritime charm to this day. 

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