Via Baltica (360 km)

Signet pilgrimage Via Baltica, © TMV

Route

360 km

  • Marking: yellow scallop shell or yellow arrow.
  • Tour tips: Hanseatic Cities of Greifswald, Rostock and Wismar, Eldena Monastery Ruins, Doberan Cathedral.

Rail connection: Swinoujscie, Lübeck

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

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Via Baltica (360 km)

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Signet pilgrimage Via Baltica, © TMV

Route

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.

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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The Via Baltica, the Baltic Way of St. James pilgrims, stretches from the Baltic countries via Usedom, Rostock, Wismar, Lübeck, Hamburg to Bremen and Osnabrück and then continues as the Westphalian Way to Cologne. There it connects with the old pilgrimage routes through Belgium and France to Spain with the destination Santiago de Compostela.

The section through Mecklenburg-Vorpommern leads over 16 stages from Swinoujscie in Poland to the Hanseatic city of Lübeck. Everywhere one encounters signs of former godliness. Almost every village has a solid church, massive steeples define the silhouette of the towns, and even the once lofty monasteries bear witness to the faith in God of their builders.

In the carefully restored Hanseatic towns, the history of the country comes alive again. The University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald is the first on the way and already delights its guests at the city limits with the Eldena monastery ruins. In the Hanseatic city of Rostock, thick walls and deep moats bear witness to the fortified nature of the once mighty Hanseatic metropolis. The fact that the Middle Ages are alive becomes clear to everyone at the latest in the third Hanseatic city along the way. The layout of the Hanseatic City of Wismar, crowned a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has remained virtually unchanged for hundreds of years. And as before, three sky-high brick cathedrals tower over the city.

Outside the cities, one usually wanders far away from major roads through forests and meadows, rests by small lakes and catches a glimpse of the Baltic Sea in the distance. But the rural idyll also offers a lot more: In Lassaner Winkel, for example, pilgrims can discover more than 300 different medicinal and spice plants in the Papendorf scent and touch garden, take time out with a sound massage or experience old craftsmanship in the café of a weaving workshop.

The practice of hospitality, which is common in Spain, is also practiced on the northern German route in many parishes. Prerequisite is the presentation of the pilgrim's letter, which is issued at some point for a small fee or donation by all St. James societies.

More information under:
Protestant Church of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Via Baltica Publishing House

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© Gudrun Koch

St. Nikolai Cathedral Greifswald

  • Domstraße, 17489 Greifswald

Greifswald Cathedral is one of the most beautiful sacred buildings in northern Germany. With its 100 m high tower, it towers over the Hanseatic City of Greifswald. From its tower gallery, you have an impressive view as far as the Island of Rügen.

Read more: "St. Nikolai Cathedral Greifswald"
© Irma Schmidt

Cultural History Museum in the Holy Cross Monastery

  • Klosterhof, 18055 Rostock

The former Cistercian nunnery was founded in 1270 by the Danish Queen Margaret. The monastery was named after a splinter from the cross of Jesus Christ. Today, the former monastery houses the Museum of Cultural History, one of the largest and most important collections of cultural and art history in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Read more: "Cultural History Museum in the Holy Cross Monastery"
Doberan Cathedral - Pearl of Brick Gothic, © VMO/Alexander Rudolph

Minster Bad Doberan

  • Klosterstraße, 18209 Bad Doberan

The High Gothic Cistercian monastery church from the 13th century is seeking to be accepted as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Read more: "Minster Bad Doberan"
© Jörn Lehmann

Documentation and memorial site in the former remand prison of the state security Rostock

  • Grüner Weg, 18055 Rostock

From place of detention to place of remembrance

Read more: "Documentation and memorial site in the former remand prison of the state security Rostock"
© Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V., ©2021 Gudrun Koch

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.

Read more: "Caspar David Friedrich Center"
© Lutz Werner

Kölzow village church

  • Bei der Kirche, 18334 Kölzow

The village church Kölzow is one of the most beautiful and also oldest fieldstone churches in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The construction of the village church Kölzow was started in 1205 by order of the local locator family von der Lühe, who also held the church patronage during the time of their ownership of the Kölzow estate.

Read more: "Kölzow village church"
© Joachim Kloock

St. Mary's Church Rostock

  • Open today
  • Bei der Marienkirche, 18055 Rostock

St. Mary's is Rostock's largest and most important church, first mentioned in a document in 1232. Transept and nave of the cruciform basilica are of equal length and emphasize the massive and closed impression. The church has precious furnishings, such as the oldest astronomical clock in northern Germany from 1472, which functions with original parts, and a bronze baptismal fountain from 1290.

Read more: "St. Mary's Church Rostock"
© Gudrun Koch

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.

Read more: "Eldena monastery ruins"
© Lutz Werner

City church Bad Sülze

  • Am Kirchplatz, 18334 Bad Sülze

Brick church built in the 13th century on the highest point of the village by Westphalian farmers who settled at the Sülz salt springs.

Read more: "City church Bad Sülze"
© Stadtmarketingverein Greifswald

Wrangelsburg

  • Schlossplatz, 17495 Wrangelsburg

Today’s manor house in Wrangelsburg was built around 1880. It is idyllically located and has a landscape park directly on the castle lake. Many romantic hiking trails lead into the forest from here.

Read more: "Wrangelsburg"
© TZ Wismar, Alexander Rudolph

Old Harbour of Wismar

  • Freely accessible at any time
  • Alter Hafen, 23966 Wismar

Since 1211, the Old Harbour has largely preserved its harbour basin in its location and design. Moreover, the harbour continues to be important as a mooring for excursion steamers, for leisure captains and traditional ships such as the 'Kogge' and the 'Atalanta'.

Read more: "Old Harbour of Wismar"
© Gudrun Koch

Greifswald Town Hall

  • Markt, 17489 Greifswald

The Town Hall of Greifswald dates back to the 14th century and is located in the center of the Hanseatic City of Greifswald. The tourist information office of the University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald is located in the town hall arcades.

Read more: "Greifswald Town Hall"
© Sabine Maus

Salt Museum Bad Sülze

  • Closed today
  • Saline, 18334 Bad Sülze

The Salt Museum presents the history of salt extraction from the brine of Sülz, the spa and bathing history and shows some other trades of the city. In two special exhibition rooms we show exhibitions of a completely different kind four to five times a year. Children and adults are especially enthusiastic about riding the moor train.

Read more: "Salt Museum Bad Sülze"
© TZ Wismar, Alexander Rudolph

St. Nicholas' Church, Wismar

  • St.-Nikolai-Kirchhof, 23966 Wismar

St. Nicholas' was the church of sailors and navigators. Its 37-metre-high nave is the fourth highest nave in Germany. Construction of the present church began in the 14th century.

Read more: "St. Nicholas' Church, Wismar"
© Irma Schmidt

Rostock ramparts

  • Freely accessible at any time
  • 18055 Rostock

The ramparts were built in 1270 for the city defense. The city wall, formerly more than 3 km long, with many towers and cradle houses and 22 gates at widely varying levels (30 m), was later transformed into a park.

Read more: "Rostock ramparts"
© Gudrun Koch

St. Nikolai Cathedral Greifswald

  • Domstraße, 17489 Greifswald

Greifswald Cathedral is one of the most beautiful sacred buildings in northern Germany. With its 100 m high tower, it towers over the Hanseatic City of Greifswald. From its tower gallery, you have an impressive view as far as the Island of Rügen.

Read more: "St. Nikolai Cathedral Greifswald"
© Irma Schmidt

Cultural History Museum in the Holy Cross Monastery

  • Klosterhof, 18055 Rostock

The former Cistercian nunnery was founded in 1270 by the Danish Queen Margaret. The monastery was named after a splinter from the cross of Jesus Christ. Today, the former monastery houses the Museum of Cultural History, one of the largest and most important collections of cultural and art history in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Read more: "Cultural History Museum in the Holy Cross Monastery"
Doberan Cathedral - Pearl of Brick Gothic, © VMO/Alexander Rudolph

Minster Bad Doberan

  • Klosterstraße, 18209 Bad Doberan

The High Gothic Cistercian monastery church from the 13th century is seeking to be accepted as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Read more: "Minster Bad Doberan"
© Jörn Lehmann

Documentation and memorial site in the former remand prison of the state security Rostock

  • Grüner Weg, 18055 Rostock

From place of detention to place of remembrance

Read more: "Documentation and memorial site in the former remand prison of the state security Rostock"
© Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V., ©2021 Gudrun Koch

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.

Read more: "Caspar David Friedrich Center"
© Lutz Werner

Kölzow village church

  • Bei der Kirche, 18334 Kölzow

The village church Kölzow is one of the most beautiful and also oldest fieldstone churches in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The construction of the village church Kölzow was started in 1205 by order of the local locator family von der Lühe, who also held the church patronage during the time of their ownership of the Kölzow estate.

Read more: "Kölzow village church"
© Joachim Kloock

St. Mary's Church Rostock

  • Open today
  • Bei der Marienkirche, 18055 Rostock

St. Mary's is Rostock's largest and most important church, first mentioned in a document in 1232. Transept and nave of the cruciform basilica are of equal length and emphasize the massive and closed impression. The church has precious furnishings, such as the oldest astronomical clock in northern Germany from 1472, which functions with original parts, and a bronze baptismal fountain from 1290.

Read more: "St. Mary's Church Rostock"
© Gudrun Koch

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.

Read more: "Eldena monastery ruins"
© Lutz Werner

City church Bad Sülze

  • Am Kirchplatz, 18334 Bad Sülze

Brick church built in the 13th century on the highest point of the village by Westphalian farmers who settled at the Sülz salt springs.

Read more: "City church Bad Sülze"
© Stadtmarketingverein Greifswald

Wrangelsburg

  • Schlossplatz, 17495 Wrangelsburg

Today’s manor house in Wrangelsburg was built around 1880. It is idyllically located and has a landscape park directly on the castle lake. Many romantic hiking trails lead into the forest from here.

Read more: "Wrangelsburg"
© TZ Wismar, Alexander Rudolph

Old Harbour of Wismar

  • Freely accessible at any time
  • Alter Hafen, 23966 Wismar

Since 1211, the Old Harbour has largely preserved its harbour basin in its location and design. Moreover, the harbour continues to be important as a mooring for excursion steamers, for leisure captains and traditional ships such as the 'Kogge' and the 'Atalanta'.

Read more: "Old Harbour of Wismar"
© Gudrun Koch

Greifswald Town Hall

  • Markt, 17489 Greifswald

The Town Hall of Greifswald dates back to the 14th century and is located in the center of the Hanseatic City of Greifswald. The tourist information office of the University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald is located in the town hall arcades.

Read more: "Greifswald Town Hall"
© Sabine Maus

Salt Museum Bad Sülze

  • Closed today
  • Saline, 18334 Bad Sülze

The Salt Museum presents the history of salt extraction from the brine of Sülz, the spa and bathing history and shows some other trades of the city. In two special exhibition rooms we show exhibitions of a completely different kind four to five times a year. Children and adults are especially enthusiastic about riding the moor train.

Read more: "Salt Museum Bad Sülze"
© TZ Wismar, Alexander Rudolph

St. Nicholas' Church, Wismar

  • St.-Nikolai-Kirchhof, 23966 Wismar

St. Nicholas' was the church of sailors and navigators. Its 37-metre-high nave is the fourth highest nave in Germany. Construction of the present church began in the 14th century.

Read more: "St. Nicholas' Church, Wismar"
© Irma Schmidt

Rostock ramparts

  • Freely accessible at any time
  • 18055 Rostock

The ramparts were built in 1270 for the city defense. The city wall, formerly more than 3 km long, with many towers and cradle houses and 22 gates at widely varying levels (30 m), was later transformed into a park.

Read more: "Rostock ramparts"
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