Hanseatic City of Greifswald

Motif and Inspiration for Caspar David Friedrich

The silhouette of Greifswald from the air and view of the church towers.

Hanseatic City of Greifswald

Motif and Inspiration for Caspar David Friedrich

Inspired by the beauty of the city's silhouette, the romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, the most famous son of the university and Hanseatic city, often chose the brick buildings as motifs for his paintings.

Inspired by the beauty of the city's silhouette, the romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, the most famous son of the university and Hanseatic city, often chose the brick buildings as motifs for his paintings.

Salty Breeze Paired with University Air

The university and Hanseatic city of Greifswald is always worth a visit. When strolling through the historic old town, the brick town houses, the oxblood-red town hall, parts of the medieval defense system and the brick churches are particularly striking. It is easy to see why the towers of the three distinctive churches are called Long Nicholas, Fat Marie and Little Jacob by the locals.

The cityscape is particularly characterized by the buildings of the University of Greifswald. One of the most magnificent and powerful buildings is the baroque main building of the university, which was built in 1750 by the Swedes who ruled here for almost 200 years. Founded as early as 1456 and thus the second oldest high teaching institution in northern Europe, it continues to provide a young, open intellectual climate in the city today.

Picturesque Greifswald

Maritime flair is spread by the many ships on display in Germany's largest museum harbor. Let yourself be inspired by more than 50 ships with detailed descriptions. A worthwhile museum for art lovers is the Pommersche Landesmuseum Greifswald. Here you will find, among other things, original works by the Greifswald-born artist Caspar David Friedrichs. In his honor, there are also exhibitions in his residence, today's Caspar David Friedrich Center. One of his popular Greifswald motifs is the romantic ruins of Eldena Monastery, which still magically attracts many people today.

A City with Sound

Greifswald offers a wide variety of musical events - whether young and dynamic or classical and elegant. Music festivals, such as the Eldena Jazz Evenings, Greifswalder Bachwoche, the fishing festival Gaffelrigg or the Nordic Sound already have a long tradition.

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Hanseatic City of Greifswald in Moving Pictures

Impressions from Greifswald

Excursion Destinations

Sights and Leisure Tips

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Ludwigsburg Palace

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Arboretum of the University of Greifswald

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Wiecker wooden bascule bridge

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The Rubenow Monument is located on Rubenowplatz in front of the main building of the University of Greifswald., © Gudrun Koch

Rubenow Monument

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Park bridge autumn, © Barockschloß zu Griebenow e.V.

Baroque castle Griebenow

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Village Church Groß Kiesow

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St. Mary's Church Greifswald

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Greifswald barrage

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Eldena monastery ruins

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Socio-cultural center St. Spiritus

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Caspar-David-Friedrich-Bildweg

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Caspar-David-Friedrich-View

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University of Greifswald

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Greifswald Observatory

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Caspar David Friedrich Center

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Greifswald Zoo

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Greifswald museum shipyard

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Greifswald Town Hall

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Catch tower Greifswald

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St. Nikolai Cathedral Greifswald

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Caspar-David-Friedrich-Bildweg

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Pomeranian State Museum

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Theater and Stadthalle Greifswald

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Forestry office building in Greifswald-Eldena, © Sabrina Wittkopf-Schade

Forestry office Jägerhof

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Marketplace of the University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald

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Tour Tips for Exploring

On foot or by bike

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Eastern Brick Circuit

  • Length: 305 km
  • Etappen: 5

Stages: 5 | The brick churches in Rostock, Stralsund and Greifswald are considered the crowning glory of medieval architecture. In smaller harbor towns and in the hinterland, too, the red stones pile up to form imposing contemporary witnesses. In addition to a lot of history, cyclists enjoy unspoiled nature and swimming fun.

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Cycling on Fischland-Darß-Zingst, © TMV/Gänsicke

Baltic Sea Cycle Route

  • Length: 690 km
  • Etappen: 15

The part of the Baltic Sea Cycle Route which leads through Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is a beautiful trail in Northern Germany, which winds through idyllic scenery, Hanseatic towns, three islands and classic villages.

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Vacation times differently - pilgrimage migration in the Lassaner angle, © TMV/Foto@Andreas-Duerst.de

Via Baltica (360 km)

  • Length: 360 km

Stages: 16 days In our hectic times, more and more people are looking for heavenly peace and divine inspiration. They find it in the liberating expanse of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

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Rewarding wooden path: Many ways lead to the sea on the Darß, © TVFDZ/outdoor-visions.com

Baltic Sea Coast Hiking Trail E9

  • Length: 400 km
  • Etappen: 14

Atlantic, North Sea, Baltic Sea – the Hiking Trail E9 connects the coasts of Europe. On the stretch between Travemünde and Ahlbeck, hikers can enjoy the diversity of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's coastal landscape.

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Greifswald Hotels

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Mercure Hotel Greifswald

  • Am Gorzberg, 17489 Greifswald

Look forward to relaxing days at the beautiful Baltic Sea!

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Hotel Ostseeländer

  • Gustav-Jahn-Str. 6, 17495 Züssow

Hotel Ostseeländer is located in a beautiful park and has individually furnished rooms. Despite its quiet location, the ideal starting point for (almost) all activities. The cuisine is characterized by regionality and products from our own organic cultivation.

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slube at the marina Greifswald

  • Salinenstraße, 17489 Greifswald

Coastal feeling meets cool student city: With slubes you stay right in the heart of Greifswald at the marina overlooking the Ryck River. Directly between Rügen and Usedom, it is not far to the Baltic Sea beach and great windsurfing and sailing locations.

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Jack & Richie's

  • An der Mühle, 17493 Greifswald

Welcome to Greifswald's Jack & Richie's, located directly at the listed Wiecker wooden bascule bridge and the nearby marina.

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Mercure Hotel Greifswald

  • Am Gorzberg, 17489 Greifswald

Look forward to relaxing days at the beautiful Baltic Sea!

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Double room, © Hotel Ostseeländer

Hotel Ostseeländer

  • Gustav-Jahn-Str. 6, 17495 Züssow

Hotel Ostseeländer is located in a beautiful park and has individually furnished rooms. Despite its quiet location, the ideal starting point for (almost) all activities. The cuisine is characterized by regionality and products from our own organic cultivation.

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slube at the marina Greifswald

  • Salinenstraße, 17489 Greifswald

Coastal feeling meets cool student city: With slubes you stay right in the heart of Greifswald at the marina overlooking the Ryck River. Directly between Rügen and Usedom, it is not far to the Baltic Sea beach and great windsurfing and sailing locations.

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Jack & Richie's

  • An der Mühle, 17493 Greifswald

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