Exterior view Ludwigsburg Castle, © TMV/Tiemann
Parks and Gardens, Castles and Manors

The Renaissance palace Ludwigsburg was built between 1577 and 1592 as a widow's seat for Hedwig Sophie von Pommern-Wolgast. After her death in 1631 the palace changed hands several times until it was sold to the Greifswald merchant Weissenborn in 1810.

The district Ludwigsburg belongs to the municipality Loissin and inspires as a special excursion destination with one of the last preserved castles of the Pomeranian dukes in Germany.

The Renaissance castle Ludwigsburg, idyllically situated on the edge of the Greifswald Bodden, was built in 1592 by order of Ernst Ludwig, Duke of Pomerania-Wolgast, for his wife Sophia Hedwig. It is largely preserved in the original. After Sophia Hedwig's death in 1631, the estate changed hands several times until it was sold to the Greifswald merchant Weissenborn in 1810. After the expropriation of the Weissenborn family in 1945, the property deteriorated visibly due to lack of maintenance. Since 1997, the non-profit Förderverein Schloss- und Gutshofanlage Ludwigsburg e. V. has been working with the Weissenborn family to save this historic gem. In 2020/21, parts of the property were taken into the ownership of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for a symbolic purchase price, and the state has since been planning and executing the ground-up restoration.

The historical significance of the site is not limited to Pomeranian ducal history. Friedrich August von Klinkowström, a friend and companion of Caspar David Friedrich and Philipp Otto Runge, the two most important painters of North German Romanticism, was born at Ludwigsburg Palace on August 31, 1778. At the request of his father, an officer, Friedrich August von Klinkowström initially served in the military in Danzig for eight years before traveling to Dresden at the beginning of the 19th century to study art alongside Caspar David Friedrich from Greifswald.

In Dresden, the two shared an apartment and made the acquaintance of Philipp Otto Runge from Wolgast. Later, Runge would often visit his dear friend Klinkowström in Ludwigsburg. Thus the castle is also a meeting place for the "Romantics".

With its farm buildings, Ludwigsburg finally documents an agricultural estate at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, as was typical for Pomerania at the time.  The ensemble is rounded off by the small but exquisite castle chapel from 1708 - in its tower the oldest still functioning church clock in Western Pomerania beats

- as well as a magnificent castle park, which invites you to linger.

The complete restoration of the Ludwigsburg Palace and Manor complex will take several more years. Meanwhile, not all parts of the complex are open to visitors. Several times a year, the Friends organize a herb and smoked meat market on the grounds in a very special atmosphere. Outside of these and other events, the Friends are happy to open the exhibitions during the season (April to September) by appointment.

Experience the history of Western Pomerania up close with examples of old buildings and let yourself be inspired by the original nature!

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Watermill Hanshagen

  • Mühlenblick, 17509 Hanshagen

Visit the listed Watermill Hanshagen built in 1524. Experience the history, enjoy the superb Environment, eat, celebrate and stay overnight or get married here! Start your trips to the Hanse town Greifswald and Stralsund or to the Islands of Usedom or Rügen.

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Caspar David Friedrich Center

  • Closed today
  • Lange Straße, 17489 Greifswald

The Caspar-David-Friedrich-Zentrum, opened in 2004 in the historic Seifensiederei and expanded in 2011 to include the entire former residential and commercial building of the Friedrich family, commemorates the great painter and greatest son of the city of Greifswald. It is also a museum, documentation and research center. Caspar David Friedrich was born here on September 5, 1774.

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Nautic VR - Experience virtual reality

  • Open today
  • Lange Reihe, 17489 Greifswald

At Nautic-VR you can explore virtual reality together with your friends! So put on your goggles and off you go!

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Eldena monastery ruins

  • Freely accessible at any time
  • Wolgaster Landstraße, 17493 Greifswald

The monastery ruins and park are a popular excursion destination for Greifswald residents and their guests. The monastery ruins are also the starting and finishing point of the themed cycle path "Route of North German Romanticism", which traces the stations and lives of the North German Romantics of Western Pomerania.

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Surfspot Ludwigsburg

  • Freely accessible at any time
  • 17509 Ludwigsburg

In southern and south-westerly winds Ludwigsburg is first choice in the direct vicinity of Greifswald - and also the only one. For the slightly gusty wind the spot reimburses with a large Shallow area and plenty of space to build up.

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Surfspot Lubmin

  • Freely accessible at any time
  • 17509 Lubmin

Baltic Sea flair at the Bodden. The fine sandy beach, the large standing area and small but fine waves in southwest to northeast wind make Lubmin a real alternative for wave beginners.

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Loissin surf spot

  • Freely accessible at any time
  • 17509 Loissin

You can reach the spot via the campsite, where you can also take a shower and, of course, pitch your tent. Beginners will find a large standing area in Loissin. Experienced surfers will be happy about the fantastic shallow water conditions. The spot works with wind from west to northeast.

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Discover the almost authentic pictorial motifs of the artist born in Greifswald - Caspar David Friedrich. At vantage points, which Friedrich chose as motifs for his works and which are still preserved today, you can recreate the typical Friedrich mood.

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  • Rathaus/Markt, 17489 Greifswald

Discover the almost authentic pictorial motifs of the artist born in Greifswald - Caspar David Friedrich. At vantage points, which Friedrich chose as motifs for his works and which are still preserved today, you can recreate the typical Friedrich mood.

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University of Greifswald

  • Domstraße, 17489 Greifswald

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Greifswald barrage

  • Am Ryck, 17493 Greifswald

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Marketplace of the University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald

  • Freely accessible at any time
  • Markt, 17489 Greifswald

The development of the town of Greifswald began with the founding of Hilda Monastery. The town was first mentioned in a document in 1248 and received its town charter in 1250. The market square is the heart of the historic old town. Caspar David Friedrich painted the market square with a view of the Ratsapotheke and part of the town hall as a watercolor - on display in the Pomeranian State Museum.

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Greifswald museum shipyard

  • Salinenstraße, 17489 Greifswald

The last historic shipyard in Greifswald is somewhat hidden on the northern side of the Ryck and was founded in 2001 as a self-help shipyard for owners of historic ships.

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Katzow Sculpture Park

  • Dorfstraße, 17509 Katzow

The Katzow Sculpture Park is Europe's largest sculpture park.

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AbenteuerSegeln (Sailing adventure)

  • Salinenstraße, 17489 Greifswald

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