The view that Caspar David Friedrich captured in "Meadows near Greifswald" around 1820 remains almost unchanged to this day. The painting with the silhouette of the Hanseatic city behind lush green pastures hangs in the Hamburg Kunsthalle - but the original scene as Caspar David Friedrich saw it can be recreated here in the middle of nature.
Although now hidden due to the buildings and vegetation, it is still clearly visible through the church towers of St. Nikolai, St. Jakobi and St. Marien - Caspar David Friedrich's view when making the sketch for "Wiesen bei Greifswald". He viewed the silhouette of the Hanseatic city from a north-westerly direction, roughly where the New Cemetery is located today. The resulting painting is now world-famous and is exhibited in the Hamburger Kunsthalle.
The lush green meadows outside the city gates, which still serve as pastures, have not changed. The Ryck makes its way through the greenery. Here you can not only enjoy the peace and quiet and the view, but also go for a walk or a short hike.
The best way to experience the life and work of the Romantic painter is on the Caspar David Friedrich Picture Trail in and around his native town of Greifswald. You can get to know the Hanseatic city from a romantic perspective by bike or on foot in the footsteps of Caspar David Friedrich. At 15 stations, you can follow the artistic and romantic path of the most important landscape painter of the Romantic period with signposts and information boards and be enchanted by him. Stops along the trail include the birthplace, which today houses the Caspar David Friedrich Center, and the Pomeranian State Museum, where numerous original works by the painter can be viewed.