• Rostock's Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church) proudly stands guard over the town at the Warnow estuary, © TMV/Grundner
    Rostock's Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church) proudly stands guard over the town at the Warnow estuary
  • Symbol of Greifswald and elevated to world fame by the Romantic Caspar David Friedrich: The ruins of Eldena Abbey, © TMV/Grundner
    Symbol of Greifswald and elevated to world fame by the Romantic Caspar David Friedrich: The ruins of Eldena Abbey
  • A sunny outlook from the harbour in the Hanseatic town of Wismar, © TZ Wismar/DOMUS images A. Rudolph
    A sunny outlook from the harbour in the Hanseatic town of Wismar
  • Sample the relaxed atmosphere and linger by the Pfaffenteich with views of Schwerin Cathedral, © TMV/LEH
    Sample the relaxed atmosphere and linger by the Pfaffenteich with views of Schwerin Cathedral

Towns

In the footsteps of merchants and princes

Like treasure chests the towns of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern house exceptional cultural heirlooms. Cloisters, churches, royal buildings, art collections and many museums tell tales that seem right out of a storybook.

Expansive pedestrian zones in the carefully restored inner cities accommodate smart shops, cosy cafés and modern shopping temples. In between, fine restaurants and rustic pubs invite people to visit.

Hanseatic Towns

The trade by sea in the alliance of the Hanseatic League and busy merchants ensured an immense upswing in the coastal towns in the late Middle Ages. As a sign of their power which could be seen from a long distance Rostock, Stralsund, Greifswald and Wismar built magnificent town halls and huge churches. The brick cathedrals towered above everything which had existed until then. Monumental church towers and huge warehouses made of burnt bricks still determine their silhouettes. Merchant houses with magnificent gables, town halls with filigree spires show that the Middle Ages cannot have been quite as dark in this region as is often claimed.

The historic town centers of Wismar and Stralsund belong to the UNESCO world heritage.

Because so much success also increased greediness the town elders built powerful fortifications. The fortification of Neubrandenburg is considered to be one of the most beautiful. Richly decorated gates and an almost closed ring wall express the former wealth.

Residence Towns

The former residence towns surely are grand. In Güstrow, Ludwigslust and Neustrelitz you get a sense of dukes‘ glamour to this day. And above all of them resides the provincial capital of Schwerin with its fairytale castle. Ports, castles and parks transform into theatre and concert halls in the summer.

Events all year round

Atmospheric productions and fiery open-air spectacles in summer entertain the audience everywhere. The event season is crowned by the Rostock Hanse Sail. The meeting of the sailing boats and traditional tall ships is one of the largest in the world. Traditional, romantic and typically German are the Christmas markets in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Schwerin Palace – its grandeur still radiates over the vast green expanse of its impressive parkland, © TMV/Allrich

The residental town entices with its vivid history and vast cultural offers. Since year one, the blue of the lakes - which make up one quarter of the area - dominates the townscape.

Rostock's Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church) proudly stands guard over the town at the Warnow estuary, © TMV/Grundner

In its eight-century history, Rostock was always the largest and most powerful municipality in the state. Once an important member of the Hanseatic League, the harbour and university city is still the economic metropolis of the state.

A sunny outlook from the harbour in the Hanseatic town of Wismar, © TZ Wismar/DOMUS images A. Rudolph

The Middle Ages are alive - at least in Wismar there is no question about that. Over many centuries the town's ground plan remained almost unchanged. Since 2002, Wismar is part of the UNESCO world heritage.

There are more than 40 amazing pools featuring exhibits from the seven seas in the Oceanographic Museum in Stralsund, © TMV/Böttcher

The Hanseatic town is ideally situated for trade and shipping, flushing a small fortune into the pockets of Stralsund's merchants. They invested a large proportion of this in a grandiose town hall, magnificent churches and gabled houses.

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In its eight-century history, Rostock was always the largest and most powerful municipality in the state. Once an important member of the Hanseatic League, the harbour and university city is still the economic metropolis of the state.

Get to know Rostock »
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The Middle Ages are alive - at least in Wismar there is no question about that. Over many centuries the town's ground plan remained almost unchanged. Since 2002, Wismar is part of the UNESCO world heritage.

Get to know Wismar »
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The Hanseatic town is ideally situated for trade and shipping, flushing a small fortune into the pockets of Stralsund's merchants. They invested a large proportion of this in a grandiose town hall, magnificent churches and gabled houses.

Get to know Stralsund »
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Inspired by the beauty of the town's scenery, the romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich - Greifswald's most famous son - chose the brick buildings as motives for many of his works.

Get to know Greifswald »
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The third-largest city in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern also bears the name "City of Four Gates".

Get to know Neubrandenburg »