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.

Information board about the Northern German romantic period route between the UBB stop and Runge House, © TMV/ Krauss

Museum Rungehaus

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© Philipp Schulz

Fishing Port Wieck

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© Gudrun Koch

St. Nikolai Cathedral Greifswald

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© Gudrun Koch

St. Mary's Church Greifswald

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

Caspar David Friedrich Center

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Beautiful sandy beach, © TMV/Gohlke

Natural Beach Vierow

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© Gudrun Koch

Caspar-David-Friedrich-View

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© Gudrun Koch

Greifswald Town Hall

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© Gudrun Koch

Eldena monastery ruins

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© NZK | T. Allrich

National Park Centre Königsstuhl

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Some of the ships and boats in the museum harbour are more than 100 years old, © Sven Fischer

Greifswald Museum Harbour

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© TMV/Tiemann

Ludwigsburg Palace

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© Gudrun Koch

Marketplace of the University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald

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© Gudrun Koch

Wiecker wooden bascule bridge

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© Gudrun Koch

Pomeranian State Museum

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Cultural Highlights of the Romantic Period

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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""
© 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"."
© NZK-Lehmann

Painting course with Rügen artist Kathrin Thesenvitz

  • Date: 3/2/24 to 10/12/24
  • Stubbenkammer, 18546 Sassnitz

Guests can capture the seasons of the chalk coast in their own painting on the painting courses that we offer together with the Rügen artist Kathrin Thesenvitz.

Read more: "Painting course with Rügen artist Kathrin Thesenvitz"
© 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: Winterlandschaft, 1811, Öl auf Leinwand, 46 x 58,5 x 7,2 cm, Inv.-Nr. G 621

Rendezvous: Caspar David Friedrich - Limits of Time

  • Date: 3/7/24
  • Alter Garten, 19055 Schwerin

Movie night

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© NZK-Lehmann

Romantic short tour

  • Date: 3/8/24 to 8/31/24
  • Stubbenkammer, 18546 Sassnitz

We invite you to a short Romantic tour at 10 am and 2 pm. Participants will find out what life was like for the artist Caspar David Friedrich and how his wife Caroline got to know the chalk coast.

Read more: "Romantic short tour"
© Seebühne Hiddensee, Foto: Wiebke Volksdorf

Caspar David Friedrich - Voices from the Sea of Fog

  • Date: 1/21/24 to 12/8/24
  • Rakower Str., 17489 Greifswald

Seebühne Hiddensee at the Pomeranian State Museum

Read more: "Caspar David Friedrich - Voices from the Sea of Fog"
© 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"
© Atelier Jie Schiffler

"Caspar David Friedrich - newly interpreted"

  • Date: 3/15/24 to 4/14/24
  • Schloss, 17159 Dargun

To mark the 250th anniversary of Caspar David Friedrich's birth, artist Jie Schiffler will be exhibiting at Dargun Castle from March 15 to April 14, 2024.

Read more: ""Caspar David Friedrich - newly interpreted""
© Galerie Alte Schule

Exhibition opening - Homage to Caspar David Friedrich: Wolfgang Mattheuer - Part II "The Landscapes"

  • Date: 3/15/24
  • Dorfstraße, 18347 Ahrenshoop

Drawing, graphics & painting, guest: Jürgen Schäfer (painting)

Read more: "Exhibition opening - Homage to Caspar David Friedrich: Wolfgang Mattheuer - Part II "The Landscapes""

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""
© 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"."
© NZK-Lehmann

Painting course with Rügen artist Kathrin Thesenvitz

  • Date: 3/2/24 to 10/12/24
  • Stubbenkammer, 18546 Sassnitz

Guests can capture the seasons of the chalk coast in their own painting on the painting courses that we offer together with the Rügen artist Kathrin Thesenvitz.

Read more: "Painting course with Rügen artist Kathrin Thesenvitz"
© 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: Winterlandschaft, 1811, Öl auf Leinwand, 46 x 58,5 x 7,2 cm, Inv.-Nr. G 621

Rendezvous: Caspar David Friedrich - Limits of Time

  • Date: 3/7/24
  • Alter Garten, 19055 Schwerin

Movie night

Read more: "Rendezvous: Caspar David Friedrich - Limits of Time"
© NZK-Lehmann

Romantic short tour

  • Date: 3/8/24 to 8/31/24
  • Stubbenkammer, 18546 Sassnitz

We invite you to a short Romantic tour at 10 am and 2 pm. Participants will find out what life was like for the artist Caspar David Friedrich and how his wife Caroline got to know the chalk coast.

Read more: "Romantic short tour"
© Seebühne Hiddensee, Foto: Wiebke Volksdorf

Caspar David Friedrich - Voices from the Sea of Fog

  • Date: 1/21/24 to 12/8/24
  • Rakower Str., 17489 Greifswald

Seebühne Hiddensee at the Pomeranian State Museum

Read more: "Caspar David Friedrich - Voices from the Sea of Fog"
© 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"
© Atelier Jie Schiffler

"Caspar David Friedrich - newly interpreted"

  • Date: 3/15/24 to 4/14/24
  • Schloss, 17159 Dargun

To mark the 250th anniversary of Caspar David Friedrich's birth, artist Jie Schiffler will be exhibiting at Dargun Castle from March 15 to April 14, 2024.

Read more: ""Caspar David Friedrich - newly interpreted""
© Galerie Alte Schule

Exhibition opening - Homage to Caspar David Friedrich: Wolfgang Mattheuer - Part II "The Landscapes"

  • Date: 3/15/24
  • Dorfstraße, 18347 Ahrenshoop

Drawing, graphics & painting, guest: Jürgen Schäfer (painting)

Read more: "Exhibition opening - Homage to Caspar David Friedrich: Wolfgang Mattheuer - Part II "The Landscapes""
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