Places of Longing of Romance

On the Trail of Caspar David Friedrich & Co.

Idyllic sunrise at the Königsstuhl - part of the photo book (page 102/103), © TMV/Grundner

Places of Longing of Romance

On the Trail of Caspar David Friedrich & Co.

That the North German Romanticism with Caspar David Friedrich saw the light of day at the Baltic Sea, of all places, is not really surprising.

That the North German Romanticism with Caspar David Friedrich saw the light of day at the Baltic Sea, of all places, is not really surprising.

Centuries-old oaks stretching their branches imploringly into the sky, white chalk cliffs above emerald green seas, dark towers of clouds on the agitated Baltic Sea and the admonishing ruins of Eldena Monastery are just a few of the romantic destinations of longing.

In the Footsteps of North German Romanticism

The easiest way to experience romance is to take anticyclical routes: if you go out when everyone else is still asleep, you can see how beautiful the fog hangs over the river valley. If you come to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in spring, fall and winter, you experience a fabulously vast land in the flat, soft light. If you hike along the Baltic coast in a storm, you'll be surprised that the changes between sun and clouds can actually look as boisterous as they do in a romantic painting from the 19th century.

Through the Eyes of Caspar David Friedrich

Some of the most famous works by the Romantic painter hang in the Pomeranian State Museum in Greifswald. The original locations that Friedrich captured in his paintings are not far away:

The Eldena monastery ruins, for example, whose red brick walls he painted in a wide variety of light moods and seasons, sometimes setting them in the Giant Mountains, sometimes in a green thicket. The real ruin still stands on the outskirts of Greifswald and seems to have hardly changed.

The view that Friedrich captured around 1820 with the "Meadows near Greifswald" is also almost unchanged to this day. The churches of St. Mary, St. Nicholas and St. Jacobi still form the silhouette of the Hanseatic city. Friedrich was born there in 1774 as the son of a soap boiler. Since 2004, his birthplace has housed the Caspar David Friedrich Center.

On the beach of Vierow on the Greifswald Bodden, Friedrich sketched a fishing boat. The coast of Rügen can be seen on the horizon. There, the great painter found another favorite motif at the time with the chalk cliffs.

Places of Historical Romance

The pristine nature of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern inspired the artists of northern German Romanticism. Some original locations have hardly changed to this day and are still places of longing for romantics in the broader sense.

© Philipp Schulz

Fishing Port Wieck

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© Pommersches Landesmuseum / André Gschweng

Pomeranian State Museum

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© Gudrun Koch

St. Nikolai Cathedral Greifswald

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© TMV/ Krauss

Museum Rungehaus

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© Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V., ©2021 Gudrun Koch

Caspar David Friedrich Center

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© Gudrun Koch

Greifswald Town Hall

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© tvv-michaelis

Natural Beach Vierow

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© Gudrun Koch

Caspar-David-Friedrich-View

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© Gudrun Koch

St. Mary's Church Greifswald

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© NZK | T. Allrich

National Park Centre Königsstuhl

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© TMV/Tiemann

Ludwigsburg Palace

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© Gudrun Koch

Wiecker wooden bascule bridge

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© Gudrun Koch

Marketplace of the University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald

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© Gudrun Koch

Eldena monastery ruins

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© Sven Fischer

Greifswald Museum Harbour

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Events in the Caspar David Friedrich anniversary year

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© Marita Buth

Travel station by and with CDF

  • Date: 6/8/24 to 8/10/24
  • Karrendorfer Sraße, 17498 Leist I

Impressions and insights into Caspar David Friedrich's life.

Read more: "Travel station by and with CDF"

Special exhibition "From the Königsweg to the Skywalk - a building history"

  • Date: 2/3/24 to 12/31/24
  • Stubbenkammer, 18546 Sassnitz

From planning to opening, from necessities and technical features, from milestones and memories - travel with us through the many steps of the construction history of the impressive floating viewing platform on Rügen's chalk coast.

Read more: "Special exhibition "From the Königsweg to the Skywalk - a building history""
© Pommersches Landesmuseum

Caspar David Friedrich. Lifelines

  • Date: 4/28/24 to 8/4/24
  • Rakower Str., 17489 Greifswald

A hike in drawings & pictures

Read more: "Caspar David Friedrich. Lifelines"
© Louis Douzette

Louis Douzette (1834 - 1924) "The Magician of the Night - between Romanticism and Impressionism".

  • Date: 2/21/24 to 9/25/24
  • Lange Straße, 18356 Barth

The exhibition, which will be held on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of the honorary citizen of Barth, shows the rootedness of Douzette's work in the romantic painting Caspar David Friedrich and shows his creative arc, which extends to the time of Impressionism.

Read more: "Louis Douzette (1834 - 1924) "The Magician of the Night - between Romanticism and Impressionism"."
© ©Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V.

Caspar David Friedrich: the hidden life of the paintings

  • Date: 5/5/24 to 10/13/24
  • Lange Straße, 17489 Greifswald

Exhibition to mark the 250th anniversary of Caspar David Friedrich in the gallery of the Caspar David Friedrich Center

Read more: "Caspar David Friedrich: the hidden life of the paintings"
© ©Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V., Foto: Karl Mühlbach 2022

Guided tour of the special exhibition: Caspar David Friedrich: the hidden life of the paintings

  • Date: 5/8/24 to 10/13/24
  • Lange Strasse 57, 17489 Greifswald

Guided tour of the special exhibition: Caspar David Friedrich: the hidden life of the paintings

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© GMG / Gudrun Koch

Caspar David Friedrich - Anniversary tour

  • Date: 1/11/24 to 12/26/24
  • 17489 Greifswald

In 2024, Greifswald celebrates the 250th anniversary of Caspar David Friedrich's birth. One of the highlights: The "Caspar David Friedrich anniversary tour" - walk together with costumed guides in the footsteps of the city's famous son from his birthplace to the paintings.

Read more: "Caspar David Friedrich - Anniversary tour"
© (c) Gudrun Koch

250 years of Caspar David Friedrich - anniversary tour

  • Date: 1/11/24 to 12/26/24
  • Markt, Arkaden, 17489 Greifswald

3 times Friedrich - 1 prize!

Read more: "250 years of Caspar David Friedrich - anniversary tour"
© Unsplash

Opening of the community garden

  • Date: 6/20/24
  • Knopfstraße 18-20, 17489 Greifswald

Opening of the community garden

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© Aus dem Nachlass, Wolfgang-Koeppen-Archiv

Literary-artistic harbor tour

  • Date: 6/20/24
  • Bahnhofstr. 4/5, 17489 Greifswald

with Judith Schalansky

Read more: "Literary-artistic harbor tour"
© Mathilda Guerin

Meadows near Greifswald

  • Date: 4/18/24 to 9/19/24
  • Stralsunder Str. 10, 17489 Greifswald

Natural history hike in the Greifswald countryside

Read more: "Meadows near Greifswald"
© Nautic-VR

Caspar David Friedrich in virtual reality

  • Date: 4/25/24 to 7/25/24
  • Bleichsstraße 16, 17489 Greifswald

Experience Caspar David Friedrich in virtual reality. In a digital art exhibition you can marvel at over 40 works, learn interesting facts about the artist and discover new things!

Read more: "Caspar David Friedrich in virtual reality"
© Aus dem Nachlass, Wolfgang-Koeppen-Archiv

"The painter saw the city from here." Wolfgang Koeppen and Caspar David Friedrich

  • Date: 6/20/24
  • Bahnhofstr. 4/5, 17489 Greifswald

Vernissage as part of the Koeppentage 2024

Read more: ""The painter saw the city from here." Wolfgang Koeppen and Caspar David Friedrich"
© René Fietzek

Port of Greifswald

  • Date: 6/20/24
  • Bahnhofstr. 4/5, 17489 Greifswald

Evening event with reading and discussion

Read more: "Port of Greifswald"
© Karl Mühlbach, 2022 für Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V.

Guided tour of the Caspar David Friedrich Center

  • Date: 2/6/24 to 12/20/24
  • Lange Straße, 17489 Greifswald

Guided tour of the birthplace of Caspar David Friedrich (min. 5 people)

Read more: "Guided tour of the Caspar David Friedrich Center"
© ©Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V., Foto: Karl Mühlbach 2022

Guided tours of the CDF Center

  • Date: 2/6/24 to 12/20/24
  • Lange Strasse 57, 17489 Greifswald

Guided tours of the CDF Center

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© ©Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V., Foto: Karl Mühlbach 2023

Drink & Draw

  • Date: 1/26/24 to 12/20/24
  • Lange Straße, 17489 Greifswald

Free drawing in a convivial atmosphere - drinks included (from 18 years and at least 5 people)

Read more: "Drink & Draw"
© © St.Spiritus

Screen print with Friedrich motif

  • Date: 6/21/24
  • Lange Straße 49, 17489 Greifswald

Screen print with Friedrich motif

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© Pommersches Landesmuseum

Free spirit, half Swede and ingenious draughtsman

  • Date: 5/4/24 to 8/3/24
  • Rakower Straße 9, 17489 Greifswald

Saturday guided tour of the "Lifelines" exhibition

Read more: "Free spirit, half Swede and ingenious draughtsman"
© Hanomag Tours

Hanomag Safari: In the footsteps of Caspar David Friedrich

  • Date: 5/7/24 to 10/29/24
  • Heinrich-Heine-Straße, 18609 Ostseebad Binz

On the trail of the chalk and the Stone Age: National Park, chalk coast, megalithic tombs, chalk open-cast mining, chalk lake, sacrificial stone

Read more: "Hanomag Safari: In the footsteps of Caspar David Friedrich"
© © Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V., Foto: Karl Mühlbach 2023

Candle workshop

  • Date: 2/16/24 to 12/10/24
  • Lange Straße, 17489 Greifswald

Workshop in the Friedrich candle workshop (min. 5 people)

Read more: "Candle workshop"
© Caspar-David-Friedrich-Zentrum

Candle workshop

  • Date: 2/16/24 to 12/10/24
  • Lange Strasse 57, 17489 Greifswald

Workshop in the Friedrich candle workshop

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© Binzer Bucht Tourismus

Painting pleasure »Congratulations, Caspar«

  • Date: 5/23/24 to 8/1/24
  • Heinrich-Heine-Straße, 18609 Ostseebad Binz

Paint your own personal greetings card for Caspar David Friedrich's 250th birthday - a creative course for children aged 6 and over.

Read more: "Painting pleasure »Congratulations, Caspar«"
© J.C.B. Gottschick & J.L. Lund (1800) : Bildnis des Caspar David Friedrich  © Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e.V.

"And say hello occasionally..."

  • Date: 6/25/24
  • Lange Straße 49, 17489 Greifswald

Caspar David Friedrich's friends and acquaintances in Greifswald

Read more: ""And say hello occasionally...""
© Christian Scholl

"... in a dark gray-blue mixed with veiled violet"

  • Date: 6/25/24
  • Martin-Luther-Straße 14, 17489 Greifswald

as part of the lecture series "Talking about Friedrich"

Read more: ""... in a dark gray-blue mixed with veiled violet""
© ©Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V., Foto: Karl Mühlbach 2022

Caspar-David-Friedrich-Bildweg: Wieck fishing village & Eldena monastery ruins

  • Date: 4/5/24 to 10/18/24
  • Lange Strasse 57, 17489 Greifswald

Guided tour along the Caspar David Friedrich picture trail

Read more: "Caspar-David-Friedrich-Bildweg: Wieck fishing village & Eldena monastery ruins"
© Pommersches Landesmuseum

Free spirit, half Swede and ingenious draughtsman - evening tour

  • Date: 5/30/24 to 8/1/24
  • Rakower Straße 9, 17489 Greifswald

Exclusive evening tour of the "Lifelines" exhibition

Read more: "Free spirit, half Swede and ingenious draughtsman - evening tour"
© ©Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V., Foto: Karl Mühlbach 2023

CDF drawing course

  • Date: 4/6/24 to 12/14/24
  • Lange Straße, 17489 Greifswald

Drawing workshop at the Caspar David Friedrich Center

Read more: "CDF drawing course"
© ©Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V., Foto: Karl Mühlbach 2023

CDF drawing course

  • Date: 4/6/24 to 12/14/24
  • Lange Strasse 57, 17489 Greifswald

CDF drawing course

Read more: "CDF drawing course"
© ©BBK M-V

Vernissage: Air to the top!

  • Date: 5/4/24 to 6/30/24
  • Mühlenstraße 27/28, 17489 Greifswald

Opening of the 34th State Art Exhibition

Read more: "Vernissage: Air to the top!"
© Marita Buth

Travel station by and with CDF

  • Date: 6/8/24 to 8/10/24
  • Karrendorfer Sraße, 17498 Leist I

Impressions and insights into Caspar David Friedrich's life.

Read more: "Travel station by and with CDF"

Special exhibition "From the Königsweg to the Skywalk - a building history"

  • Date: 2/3/24 to 12/31/24
  • Stubbenkammer, 18546 Sassnitz

From planning to opening, from necessities and technical features, from milestones and memories - travel with us through the many steps of the construction history of the impressive floating viewing platform on Rügen's chalk coast.

Read more: "Special exhibition "From the Königsweg to the Skywalk - a building history""
© Pommersches Landesmuseum

Caspar David Friedrich. Lifelines

  • Date: 4/28/24 to 8/4/24
  • Rakower Str., 17489 Greifswald

A hike in drawings & pictures

Read more: "Caspar David Friedrich. Lifelines"
© Louis Douzette

Louis Douzette (1834 - 1924) "The Magician of the Night - between Romanticism and Impressionism".

  • Date: 2/21/24 to 9/25/24
  • Lange Straße, 18356 Barth

The exhibition, which will be held on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of the honorary citizen of Barth, shows the rootedness of Douzette's work in the romantic painting Caspar David Friedrich and shows his creative arc, which extends to the time of Impressionism.

Read more: "Louis Douzette (1834 - 1924) "The Magician of the Night - between Romanticism and Impressionism"."
© ©Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V.

Caspar David Friedrich: the hidden life of the paintings

  • Date: 5/5/24 to 10/13/24
  • Lange Straße, 17489 Greifswald

Exhibition to mark the 250th anniversary of Caspar David Friedrich in the gallery of the Caspar David Friedrich Center

Read more: "Caspar David Friedrich: the hidden life of the paintings"
© ©Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V., Foto: Karl Mühlbach 2022

Guided tour of the special exhibition: Caspar David Friedrich: the hidden life of the paintings

  • Date: 5/8/24 to 10/13/24
  • Lange Strasse 57, 17489 Greifswald

Guided tour of the special exhibition: Caspar David Friedrich: the hidden life of the paintings

Read more: "Guided tour of the special exhibition: Caspar David Friedrich: the hidden life of the paintings"
© GMG / Gudrun Koch

Caspar David Friedrich - Anniversary tour

  • Date: 1/11/24 to 12/26/24
  • 17489 Greifswald

In 2024, Greifswald celebrates the 250th anniversary of Caspar David Friedrich's birth. One of the highlights: The "Caspar David Friedrich anniversary tour" - walk together with costumed guides in the footsteps of the city's famous son from his birthplace to the paintings.

Read more: "Caspar David Friedrich - Anniversary tour"
© (c) Gudrun Koch

250 years of Caspar David Friedrich - anniversary tour

  • Date: 1/11/24 to 12/26/24
  • Markt, Arkaden, 17489 Greifswald

3 times Friedrich - 1 prize!

Read more: "250 years of Caspar David Friedrich - anniversary tour"
© Unsplash

Opening of the community garden

  • Date: 6/20/24
  • Knopfstraße 18-20, 17489 Greifswald

Opening of the community garden

Read more: "Opening of the community garden"
© Aus dem Nachlass, Wolfgang-Koeppen-Archiv

Literary-artistic harbor tour

  • Date: 6/20/24
  • Bahnhofstr. 4/5, 17489 Greifswald

with Judith Schalansky

Read more: "Literary-artistic harbor tour"
© Mathilda Guerin

Meadows near Greifswald

  • Date: 4/18/24 to 9/19/24
  • Stralsunder Str. 10, 17489 Greifswald

Natural history hike in the Greifswald countryside

Read more: "Meadows near Greifswald"
© Nautic-VR

Caspar David Friedrich in virtual reality

  • Date: 4/25/24 to 7/25/24
  • Bleichsstraße 16, 17489 Greifswald

Experience Caspar David Friedrich in virtual reality. In a digital art exhibition you can marvel at over 40 works, learn interesting facts about the artist and discover new things!

Read more: "Caspar David Friedrich in virtual reality"
© Aus dem Nachlass, Wolfgang-Koeppen-Archiv

"The painter saw the city from here." Wolfgang Koeppen and Caspar David Friedrich

  • Date: 6/20/24
  • Bahnhofstr. 4/5, 17489 Greifswald

Vernissage as part of the Koeppentage 2024

Read more: ""The painter saw the city from here." Wolfgang Koeppen and Caspar David Friedrich"
© René Fietzek

Port of Greifswald

  • Date: 6/20/24
  • Bahnhofstr. 4/5, 17489 Greifswald

Evening event with reading and discussion

Read more: "Port of Greifswald"
© Karl Mühlbach, 2022 für Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V.

Guided tour of the Caspar David Friedrich Center

  • Date: 2/6/24 to 12/20/24
  • Lange Straße, 17489 Greifswald

Guided tour of the birthplace of Caspar David Friedrich (min. 5 people)

Read more: "Guided tour of the Caspar David Friedrich Center"
© ©Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V., Foto: Karl Mühlbach 2022

Guided tours of the CDF Center

  • Date: 2/6/24 to 12/20/24
  • Lange Strasse 57, 17489 Greifswald

Guided tours of the CDF Center

Read more: "Guided tours of the CDF Center"
© ©Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V., Foto: Karl Mühlbach 2023

Drink & Draw

  • Date: 1/26/24 to 12/20/24
  • Lange Straße, 17489 Greifswald

Free drawing in a convivial atmosphere - drinks included (from 18 years and at least 5 people)

Read more: "Drink & Draw"
© © St.Spiritus

Screen print with Friedrich motif

  • Date: 6/21/24
  • Lange Straße 49, 17489 Greifswald

Screen print with Friedrich motif

Read more: "Screen print with Friedrich motif"
© Pommersches Landesmuseum

Free spirit, half Swede and ingenious draughtsman

  • Date: 5/4/24 to 8/3/24
  • Rakower Straße 9, 17489 Greifswald

Saturday guided tour of the "Lifelines" exhibition

Read more: "Free spirit, half Swede and ingenious draughtsman"
© Hanomag Tours

Hanomag Safari: In the footsteps of Caspar David Friedrich

  • Date: 5/7/24 to 10/29/24
  • Heinrich-Heine-Straße, 18609 Ostseebad Binz

On the trail of the chalk and the Stone Age: National Park, chalk coast, megalithic tombs, chalk open-cast mining, chalk lake, sacrificial stone

Read more: "Hanomag Safari: In the footsteps of Caspar David Friedrich"
© © Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V., Foto: Karl Mühlbach 2023

Candle workshop

  • Date: 2/16/24 to 12/10/24
  • Lange Straße, 17489 Greifswald

Workshop in the Friedrich candle workshop (min. 5 people)

Read more: "Candle workshop"
© Caspar-David-Friedrich-Zentrum

Candle workshop

  • Date: 2/16/24 to 12/10/24
  • Lange Strasse 57, 17489 Greifswald

Workshop in the Friedrich candle workshop

Read more: "Candle workshop"
© Binzer Bucht Tourismus

Painting pleasure »Congratulations, Caspar«

  • Date: 5/23/24 to 8/1/24
  • Heinrich-Heine-Straße, 18609 Ostseebad Binz

Paint your own personal greetings card for Caspar David Friedrich's 250th birthday - a creative course for children aged 6 and over.

Read more: "Painting pleasure »Congratulations, Caspar«"
© J.C.B. Gottschick & J.L. Lund (1800) : Bildnis des Caspar David Friedrich  © Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e.V.

"And say hello occasionally..."

  • Date: 6/25/24
  • Lange Straße 49, 17489 Greifswald

Caspar David Friedrich's friends and acquaintances in Greifswald

Read more: ""And say hello occasionally...""
© Christian Scholl

"... in a dark gray-blue mixed with veiled violet"

  • Date: 6/25/24
  • Martin-Luther-Straße 14, 17489 Greifswald

as part of the lecture series "Talking about Friedrich"

Read more: ""... in a dark gray-blue mixed with veiled violet""
© ©Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V., Foto: Karl Mühlbach 2022

Caspar-David-Friedrich-Bildweg: Wieck fishing village & Eldena monastery ruins

  • Date: 4/5/24 to 10/18/24
  • Lange Strasse 57, 17489 Greifswald

Guided tour along the Caspar David Friedrich picture trail

Read more: "Caspar-David-Friedrich-Bildweg: Wieck fishing village & Eldena monastery ruins"
© Pommersches Landesmuseum

Free spirit, half Swede and ingenious draughtsman - evening tour

  • Date: 5/30/24 to 8/1/24
  • Rakower Straße 9, 17489 Greifswald

Exclusive evening tour of the "Lifelines" exhibition

Read more: "Free spirit, half Swede and ingenious draughtsman - evening tour"
© ©Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V., Foto: Karl Mühlbach 2023

CDF drawing course

  • Date: 4/6/24 to 12/14/24
  • Lange Straße, 17489 Greifswald

Drawing workshop at the Caspar David Friedrich Center

Read more: "CDF drawing course"
© ©Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V., Foto: Karl Mühlbach 2023

CDF drawing course

  • Date: 4/6/24 to 12/14/24
  • Lange Strasse 57, 17489 Greifswald

CDF drawing course

Read more: "CDF drawing course"
© ©BBK M-V

Vernissage: Air to the top!

  • Date: 5/4/24 to 6/30/24
  • Mühlenstraße 27/28, 17489 Greifswald

Opening of the 34th State Art Exhibition

Read more: "Vernissage: Air to the top!"
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