St. Birgitta Pilgrimage Route (310 km)

Waymarking pilgrimage route of St. Birgitta, © TMV

Route

310 km

  • Marking: white Birgit cross on the scallop shell or yellow arrow.
  • Tour tips: Hanseatic City of Stralsund, Güstrow Cathedral St. Maria, St. Johannes Evangelista and St. Cäcilia, Tempzin Pilgrimage Monastery, Schwerin Cathedral.

Rail connection: Sassnitz

Wide land, so close to heaven - pilgrimage in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, © Archiv Ev.-Luth. Kirchenkreis Mecklenburg

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St. Birgitta Pilgrimage Route (310 km)

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Waymarking pilgrimage route of St. Birgitta, © TMV

Route

310 km

Stages: 14 days Today's Birgitta Pilgrimage Route runs from Sassnitz on the island of Rügen via the Hanseatic City of Stralsund, Güstrow, the State capital Schwerin on to Zarrenthin and on to Lower Saxony. Past masterpieces of brick Gothic, through the Sternberg Lake District and to former monasteries - this is how the pilgrimage route of St. Birgitta is believed to have been in 1341.

Stages: 14 days Today's Birgitta Pilgrimage Route runs from Sassnitz on the island of Rügen via the Hanseatic City of Stralsund, Güstrow, the State capital Schwerin on to Zarrenthin and on to Lower Saxony. Past masterpieces of brick Gothic, through the Sternberg Lake District and to former monasteries - this is how the pilgrimage route of St. Birgitta is believed to have been in 1341.

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Saint Birgitta, founder of the Order of the Redeemer named after her, set out on a pilgrimage from Sweden to Santiago de Compostella with her husband Ulf in 1341. On the way, she passed through what is now Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The pilgrims of that time oriented themselves to places of pilgrimage and power, such as the Antoniter Hospital and Tempzin Monastery or the cathedrals in Güstrow and Schwerin.

The modern itinerary begins in Sassnitz on the island of Rügen. Continuing into the center of the island and mainly through wooded areas, pilgrims pass the towns of Lietzow and Bergen auf Rügen. Beyond the Strelasund, the waterway between the Island of Rügen and the mainland, the UNESCO World Heritage city of Stralsund awaits with its brick churches of St. Marien, St. Nikolai and the former Franciscan monastery of St. Johannis. Through picturesque avenues and past time-honored churches such as the Tribsee town church of St. Thomas, pilgrims find their way to the Barlach town of Güstrow. Here, the cathedral, the Church of the Holy Spirit and St. Mary's tower into the sky.

Through the Sternberg Lake District Nature Park, pilgrims reach the once-famous pilgrimage site of Tempzin in the district of Parchim. Visible from afar in the Mecklenburg hills, the monastery church rises with its imposing west gable and graceful bell tower. A relic of St. Anthony attracted crowds of believers to the local monastery early on. Today, the building, which is over 500 years old, once again serves guests as a simple place to stay overnight and is the starting point for many pilgrimage offers in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Also worthwhile was a "drop of the blood of Christ" for the Schwerin Cathedral from 1222. With the proceeds, the present house of worship could be rebuilt from the 13th century onwards. Situated directly on the Schaalsee, the former Cistercian monastery of Zarrentin with its artistically designed Gothic ribbed vault in the preserved east wing.


In 1391 Birgitta was canonized by Pope Boniface IX. In 1396 the pope appointed her the patron saint of Sweden. In 1998, Pope John Paul II named her the patron saint of Europe.

 

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Dreilützow Castle

  • Am Schlosspark, 19243 Dreilützow

You have a group with whom you want to travel? Then come to the countryside in West Mecklenburg. We offer accommodation and catering in an almost 300 year old manor house. You have plenty of space for your own activities in our houses and our castle park. The castle ghost comes free of charge!

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Dreamlike location: Scherin Castle on a small island in Schwerin Lake, © SSGK MV / Timm Allrich

Schwerin Palace

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  • Lennéstraße, 19053 Schwerin

Schwerin Palace is located on an island in Lake Schwerin and is among the most important historicism edifices in Europe.

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Zarrentin Monastery

  • Kirchplatz, 19246 Zarrentin

The former Cistercian nunnery "Himmelspforte" is located on the southern shore of the Schaalsee. The monastery complex, which is well worth seeing, can be visited. There is an exhibition on the history, as well as guided tours and audio guides.

Read more: "Zarrentin Monastery"
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Rühn Monastery

  • Klosterhof, 18246 Rühn

Rühn Monastery is a well-preserved monastery complex dating from 1232. The owner is a non-profit, voluntary association. The monastery includes a monastery store and a tavern as well as an oil, mustard and vinegar manufactory.

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Bergen monastery yard

  • Billrothstraße, 18528 Bergen auf Rügen

The historic monastery courtyard with museum and show workshop is located in Bergen on the Island of Rügen.

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Heilgeist Monastery

  • Heilgeistkloster, 18439 Stralsund

The Heilgeist Hospital, first mentioned in 1256, is one of the best preserved former hospitals in northern Germany. The Heilgeist Church from the beginning of the 15th century is one of the oldest buildings in the complex. The two-story longhouses and half-timbered houses once served to house and care for the sick and those in need of nursing.

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State Museum Schwerin

  • Temporarily closed
  • Alter Garten, 19055 Schwerin

In a prominent location on Schwerin Lake, visitors will find a top collection of Dutch paintings, as well as paintings from the 16th to the 21st century and works of handicrafts and graphic art.

Read more: "State Museum Schwerin"
© Tourismuszentrale Rügen

St. John's Church Sassnitz (ev.)

  • Johanniskirchstraße, 18546 Sassnitz

Sassnitz received its church in the period of the bloom of the development of the place to the most important seaside resort of Rügen in the 2nd half of the 19th century.

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The PAHLHUUS is the information center of the Biosphere Reserve Schaalsee, © PAHLHUUS/Dornblut

“PAHLHUUS“ – Visitor centre of the UNESCO biosphere reserve “Schaalsee“

  • Open today
  • Wittenburger Chaussee, 19246 Zarrentin am Schaalsee

Welcome to the PAHLHUUS, the visitor centre of the UNESCO biosphere reserve „Schaalsee“. We are happy to inform you about touristic offers and show you the most beautiful places in the biosphere reserve. Extraordinary insights into nature and landscape of the region await you in an interactive exhibition.

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© Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Tempzin Monastery

  • An der Klosterkirche, 19412 Tempzin

The impressive historical monastery complex, with its abbey church and gardens, was an important place of pilgrimage and place for pilgrims on the way to Santiago de Compostela to stop at for a while. On the monastery grounds, there is a hostel for the pilgrims of today. As a centre of pilgrimage in Mecklenburg, Tempzin regularly offers ecumenical pilgrimages, Ora-et-Labora weekends and the chance to take some time off and enjoying a "retreat" in the monastery.

Read more: "Tempzin Monastery"
© Tourismuszentrale Rügen

St. Mary's Church Poseritz

  • Lindenstraße, 18574 Poseritz

St. Mary's Church in Poseritz is the parish church of the Protestant parish of Poseritz

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© Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Schwerin Cathedral St. Marien and St. Johannis

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  • Am Dom, 19055 Schwerin

The proverbial highlight of the churches in Mecklenburg: Schwerin Cathedral. This imposing masterpiece of brick Gothic is the oldest building in the city of Schwerin, has the highest church tower in Mecklenburg at 117.5 meters and is the only true cathedral in the state. The cathedral is open daily. Those who climb the 220 steps of the tower are greeted by a breathtaking view over Schwerin's lake landscape.

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Nature stage Ralswiek

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St. Mary's Church Bergen

  • Billrothstraße, 18528 Bergen auf Rügen

St. Mary's Church is the oldest preserved building on the Island of Rügen and was consecrated as a Romanesque palatine and monastery church in 1193 together with the monastery located next to it. Special features are the baptismal font from the 14th century, the altar from around 1730, the baroque pulpit from 1776 andthe church bell from 1445.

Read more: "St. Mary's Church Bergen"
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SEA MUSEUM Stralsund

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  • Katharinenberg, 18439 Stralsund

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Citizen and tourism office Bützow

  • Markt, 18246 Bützow

Arrangement of vacation accommodation, sale of brochures and souvenirs, arrangement of guided tours of the historic old town and guided tours of the region, Krummes Haus, Kunsthaus, Warnowschifffahrt, Miniaturstadt, Wasserwanderrastplatz, open-air swimming pool at Rühner See, boat and bicycle rental, advance ticket sales.

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Tourist Service Sassnitz

  • Strandpromenade, 18546 Sassnitz

The harbor town of Sassnitz is bordered to the north by the famous chalk coast and to the southeast by the bathing bay of Prorer Wiek

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City information Bergen on Rügen

  • Markt, 18528 Bergen auf Rügen

Better service, closer to the customer - the tourist information office in the historic Benedix House in the center of Bergen

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© Stadtmarketing Schwerin, Oliver Borchert

Tourist-Information Schwerin

  • Am Markt, 19055 Schwerin

Are you planning to visit the state capital of Schwerin with family or friends - or a business trip, perhaps? Great! At the Tourist Information Schwerin, we are happy to assist in planning and organising your trip to Schwerin.

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City information Gnoien

  • Markt, 17179 Gnoien

The town hall is the seat of the city administration and the tourist information.

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© Schloss Dreilützow/Baerens

Dreilützow Castle

  • Am Schlosspark, 19243 Dreilützow

You have a group with whom you want to travel? Then come to the countryside in West Mecklenburg. We offer accommodation and catering in an almost 300 year old manor house. You have plenty of space for your own activities in our houses and our castle park. The castle ghost comes free of charge!

Read more: "Dreilützow Castle"
Dreamlike location: Scherin Castle on a small island in Schwerin Lake, © SSGK MV / Timm Allrich

Schwerin Palace

  • Open today
  • Lennéstraße, 19053 Schwerin

Schwerin Palace is located on an island in Lake Schwerin and is among the most important historicism edifices in Europe.

Read more: "Schwerin Palace"
© TV Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Zarrentin Monastery

  • Kirchplatz, 19246 Zarrentin

The former Cistercian nunnery "Himmelspforte" is located on the southern shore of the Schaalsee. The monastery complex, which is well worth seeing, can be visited. There is an exhibition on the history, as well as guided tours and audio guides.

Read more: "Zarrentin Monastery"
© Frank Burger

Rühn Monastery

  • Klosterhof, 18246 Rühn

Rühn Monastery is a well-preserved monastery complex dating from 1232. The owner is a non-profit, voluntary association. The monastery includes a monastery store and a tavern as well as an oil, mustard and vinegar manufactory.

Read more: "Rühn Monastery"
© TMV/Gohlke

Bergen monastery yard

  • Billrothstraße, 18528 Bergen auf Rügen

The historic monastery courtyard with museum and show workshop is located in Bergen on the Island of Rügen.

Read more: "Bergen monastery yard"
© TMV/Tiemann

Heilgeist Monastery

  • Heilgeistkloster, 18439 Stralsund

The Heilgeist Hospital, first mentioned in 1256, is one of the best preserved former hospitals in northern Germany. The Heilgeist Church from the beginning of the 15th century is one of the oldest buildings in the complex. The two-story longhouses and half-timbered houses once served to house and care for the sick and those in need of nursing.

Read more: "Heilgeist Monastery"
The State Museum Schwerin is also an experience for blind and visually impaired people, © Foto: G. Bröcker, Staatliches Museum Schwerin

State Museum Schwerin

  • Temporarily closed
  • Alter Garten, 19055 Schwerin

In a prominent location on Schwerin Lake, visitors will find a top collection of Dutch paintings, as well as paintings from the 16th to the 21st century and works of handicrafts and graphic art.

Read more: "State Museum Schwerin"
© Tourismuszentrale Rügen

St. John's Church Sassnitz (ev.)

  • Johanniskirchstraße, 18546 Sassnitz

Sassnitz received its church in the period of the bloom of the development of the place to the most important seaside resort of Rügen in the 2nd half of the 19th century.

Read more: "St. John's Church Sassnitz (ev.)"
The PAHLHUUS is the information center of the Biosphere Reserve Schaalsee, © PAHLHUUS/Dornblut

“PAHLHUUS“ – Visitor centre of the UNESCO biosphere reserve “Schaalsee“

  • Open today
  • Wittenburger Chaussee, 19246 Zarrentin am Schaalsee

Welcome to the PAHLHUUS, the visitor centre of the UNESCO biosphere reserve „Schaalsee“. We are happy to inform you about touristic offers and show you the most beautiful places in the biosphere reserve. Extraordinary insights into nature and landscape of the region await you in an interactive exhibition.

Read more: "“PAHLHUUS“ – Visitor centre of the UNESCO biosphere reserve “Schaalsee“"
© Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Tempzin Monastery

  • An der Klosterkirche, 19412 Tempzin

The impressive historical monastery complex, with its abbey church and gardens, was an important place of pilgrimage and place for pilgrims on the way to Santiago de Compostela to stop at for a while. On the monastery grounds, there is a hostel for the pilgrims of today. As a centre of pilgrimage in Mecklenburg, Tempzin regularly offers ecumenical pilgrimages, Ora-et-Labora weekends and the chance to take some time off and enjoying a "retreat" in the monastery.

Read more: "Tempzin Monastery"
© Tourismuszentrale Rügen

St. Mary's Church Poseritz

  • Lindenstraße, 18574 Poseritz

St. Mary's Church in Poseritz is the parish church of the Protestant parish of Poseritz

Read more: "St. Mary's Church Poseritz"
© Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Schwerin Cathedral St. Marien and St. Johannis

  • Open today
  • Am Dom, 19055 Schwerin

The proverbial highlight of the churches in Mecklenburg: Schwerin Cathedral. This imposing masterpiece of brick Gothic is the oldest building in the city of Schwerin, has the highest church tower in Mecklenburg at 117.5 meters and is the only true cathedral in the state. The cathedral is open daily. Those who climb the 220 steps of the tower are greeted by a breathtaking view over Schwerin's lake landscape.

Read more: "Schwerin Cathedral St. Marien and St. Johannis"
© Störtebeker Festspiele Rügen

Nature stage Ralswiek

  • Am Bodden, 18528 Ralswiek

Welcome aboard to the "Störtebeker Festival" at the natural stage Ralswiek, the family experience on the Island of Rügen!

Read more: "Nature stage Ralswiek"
© Tourismuszentrale Rügen

St. Mary's Church Bergen

  • Billrothstraße, 18528 Bergen auf Rügen

St. Mary's Church is the oldest preserved building on the Island of Rügen and was consecrated as a Romanesque palatine and monastery church in 1193 together with the monastery located next to it. Special features are the baptismal font from the 14th century, the altar from around 1730, the baroque pulpit from 1776 andthe church bell from 1445.

Read more: "St. Mary's Church Bergen"
© Anke Neumeister/Deutsches Meeresmuseum

SEA MUSEUM Stralsund

  • Temporarily closed
  • Katharinenberg, 18439 Stralsund

The MEERESMUSEUM in Stralsund's old town is currently closed. The museum is expected to open in 2024 after extensive modernization work.

Read more: "SEA MUSEUM Stralsund"
© Touristinformation Bützow

Citizen and tourism office Bützow

  • Markt, 18246 Bützow

Arrangement of vacation accommodation, sale of brochures and souvenirs, arrangement of guided tours of the historic old town and guided tours of the region, Krummes Haus, Kunsthaus, Warnowschifffahrt, Miniaturstadt, Wasserwanderrastplatz, open-air swimming pool at Rühner See, boat and bicycle rental, advance ticket sales.

Read more: "Citizen and tourism office Bützow"
© Tourist Service Sassnitz

Tourist Service Sassnitz

  • Strandpromenade, 18546 Sassnitz

The harbor town of Sassnitz is bordered to the north by the famous chalk coast and to the southeast by the bathing bay of Prorer Wiek

Read more: "Tourist Service Sassnitz"
© Tourismuszentrale Rügen

City information Bergen on Rügen

  • Markt, 18528 Bergen auf Rügen

Better service, closer to the customer - the tourist information office in the historic Benedix House in the center of Bergen

Read more: "City information Bergen on Rügen"
© Stadtmarketing Schwerin, Oliver Borchert

Tourist-Information Schwerin

  • Am Markt, 19055 Schwerin

Are you planning to visit the state capital of Schwerin with family or friends - or a business trip, perhaps? Great! At the Tourist Information Schwerin, we are happy to assist in planning and organising your trip to Schwerin.

Read more: "Tourist-Information Schwerin"
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City information Gnoien

  • Markt, 17179 Gnoien

The town hall is the seat of the city administration and the tourist information.

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