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.

© Gudrun Koch

Pomeranian State Museum

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© Gudrun Koch

Greifswald Town Hall

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Beautiful sandy beach, © TMV/Gohlke

Natural Beach Vierow

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© Philipp Schulz

Fishing Port Wieck

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© Gudrun Koch

Wiecker wooden bascule bridge

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© Gudrun Koch

Caspar-David-Friedrich-View

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© TMV/Tiemann

Ludwigsburg Palace

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

Museum Rungehaus

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© Gudrun Koch

Marketplace of the University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald

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Eldena monastery ruins

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

Caspar David Friedrich Center

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National Park Centre Königsstuhl

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

  • Date: 3/16/24 to 4/21/24
  • Dorfstraße, 18347 Ahrenshoop

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

Read more: "Homage to Caspar David Friedrich: Wolfgang Mattheuer - Part II "The Landscapes""
© Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Gesellschaft

"Arndt + Friedrich - a search for identity in an era of upheaval"

  • Date: 3/21/24
  • Zur Schoritzer Wiek, 18574 Groß Schoritz

Lecture by Prof. em. Dr. Reinhard Bach, University of Greifswald

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© 2021 Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V.

Guided tour along the Caspar David Friedrich picture trail

  • Date: 3/22/24 to 10/4/24
  • Lange Straße, 17489 Greifswald

Guided tour through Greifswald's old town

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The motif of wandering in the work of Caspar David Friedrich

  • Date: 3/26/24
  • Martin-Luther-Straße, 17489 Greifswald

Public evening lecture by László F. Földényi (essayist, art theorist and literary critic, Budapest) as part of the lecture series "Talking about Friedrich"

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© ©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

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© Kurverwaltung Goehren / Martin Stoever

On the trail of the Romantics in the south-east of Rügen

  • Date: 4/13/24
  • Poststraße, 18586 Ostseebad Göhren

Guided romantic hike around Göhren in the footsteps of artists such as Caspar David Friedrich and discover the original island landscape in the south-east of the Island of Rügen.

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E-bike tour In the footsteps of Caspar David Friedrich

  • Date: 4/19/24
  • Poststraße, 18586 Ostseebad Göhren

By e-bike to places where CDF made sketches of the most famous paintings during his visits to Rügen. Please bring a picnic, approx. 70 km.

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Picture Caspar David Friedrich - Landscape with rainbow view of the island of Vilm around 1810., © Caspar David Friedrich (1810) - gemeinfrei

Hiking spring - Hike on the painter's trail - Caspar David Friedrich

  • Date: 4/20/24
  • Dorfstraße, 18581 Kasnevitz

Caspar David Friedrich Hike - In search of the rainbow The hike through the cultural landscape of Putbus leads to three places where Friedrich is known to have sketched. During the hike, explanations are given at several points about the landscape, Friedrich's walks across Rügen and the sketches and paintings he created, as well as historical events.

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E-bike tour In the footsteps of Caspar David Friedrich

  • Date: 4/24/24
  • Poststraße, 18586 Ostseebad Göhren

By e-bike to places where CDF made sketches of the most famous paintings during his visits to Rügen. (approx. 50 km)

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© Nationalpark-Zentrum KÖNIGSSTUHL

Photo Safari "Island Spring in the Wild Forest by the Sea" - National Park Tour along the Chalk Coast

  • Date: 4/27/24
  • 18546 Sassnitz

Come with us on the occasion of the hiking spring on a photo expedition along the high shore path from Sassnitz to the Königsstuhl. Welcome together with your tour guide the island spring in the Jasmund National Park.

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© Andrea Krüger

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

  • Date: 3/16/24 to 4/21/24
  • Dorfstraße, 18347 Ahrenshoop

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

Read more: "Homage to Caspar David Friedrich: Wolfgang Mattheuer - Part II "The Landscapes""
© Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Gesellschaft

"Arndt + Friedrich - a search for identity in an era of upheaval"

  • Date: 3/21/24
  • Zur Schoritzer Wiek, 18574 Groß Schoritz

Lecture by Prof. em. Dr. Reinhard Bach, University of Greifswald

Read more: ""Arndt + Friedrich - a search for identity in an era of upheaval""
© 2021 Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V.

Guided tour along the Caspar David Friedrich picture trail

  • Date: 3/22/24 to 10/4/24
  • Lange Straße, 17489 Greifswald

Guided tour through Greifswald's old town

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© Privat

The motif of wandering in the work of Caspar David Friedrich

  • Date: 3/26/24
  • Martin-Luther-Straße, 17489 Greifswald

Public evening lecture by László F. Földényi (essayist, art theorist and literary critic, Budapest) as part of the lecture series "Talking about Friedrich"

Read more: "The motif of wandering in the work of Caspar David Friedrich"
© ©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"
© Kurverwaltung Goehren / Martin Stoever

On the trail of the Romantics in the south-east of Rügen

  • Date: 4/13/24
  • Poststraße, 18586 Ostseebad Göhren

Guided romantic hike around Göhren in the footsteps of artists such as Caspar David Friedrich and discover the original island landscape in the south-east of the Island of Rügen.

Read more: "On the trail of the Romantics in the south-east of Rügen"
© Kurverwaltung Goehren / Martin Stoever

E-bike tour In the footsteps of Caspar David Friedrich

  • Date: 4/19/24
  • Poststraße, 18586 Ostseebad Göhren

By e-bike to places where CDF made sketches of the most famous paintings during his visits to Rügen. Please bring a picnic, approx. 70 km.

Read more: "E-bike tour In the footsteps of Caspar David Friedrich"
Picture Caspar David Friedrich - Landscape with rainbow view of the island of Vilm around 1810., © Caspar David Friedrich (1810) - gemeinfrei

Hiking spring - Hike on the painter's trail - Caspar David Friedrich

  • Date: 4/20/24
  • Dorfstraße, 18581 Kasnevitz

Caspar David Friedrich Hike - In search of the rainbow The hike through the cultural landscape of Putbus leads to three places where Friedrich is known to have sketched. During the hike, explanations are given at several points about the landscape, Friedrich's walks across Rügen and the sketches and paintings he created, as well as historical events.

Read more: "Hiking spring - Hike on the painter's trail - Caspar David Friedrich"
© Kurverwaltung Goehren / Martin Stoever

E-bike tour In the footsteps of Caspar David Friedrich

  • Date: 4/24/24
  • Poststraße, 18586 Ostseebad Göhren

By e-bike to places where CDF made sketches of the most famous paintings during his visits to Rügen. (approx. 50 km)

Read more: "E-bike tour In the footsteps of Caspar David Friedrich"
© Nationalpark-Zentrum KÖNIGSSTUHL

Photo Safari "Island Spring in the Wild Forest by the Sea" - National Park Tour along the Chalk Coast

  • Date: 4/27/24
  • 18546 Sassnitz

Come with us on the occasion of the hiking spring on a photo expedition along the high shore path from Sassnitz to the Königsstuhl. Welcome together with your tour guide the island spring in the Jasmund National Park.

Read more: "Photo Safari "Island Spring in the Wild Forest by the Sea" - National Park Tour along the Chalk Coast"
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