Wismar, Germany – A Unesco World Heritage Site you’ve never heard of?
Wismar is one of those places that you’ve probably never heard of but that shouldn’t stop you planning a visit. It’s a small, idyllic Hanseatic port-town on the shores of the Baltic Sea in the north east of Germany, with a busy working harbour.
Being only 30 miles off the old inner-German board, Wismar has seen bombing and ensuing occupation by the British for 2 months and the Russians for 30+ years after the Second World War. Originally under Swedish rule for 250 years from the end of the 30-Years-War, Wismar became part of the German Democratic Republic once part of the Russian territory, and enjoyed a higher status for cultural, touristic and artistic activities.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site
A few years after the Wall came down, Wismar was accepted into UNESCO’s prestigious league of World Heritage Sites, joining ranks with the Great Barrier Reef and others, for its many Gothic and renaissance-style buildings in the town centre. The scenic fisher town and its stunning beaches and forests has grown a favourite amongst students (Wismar has an excellent practice-focused technology, business & design university) and tourists from all over the world.
While you’re in Wismar you might like to;
- Wander around the old town to see the typical red brick gothic style houses that are typical of this Hanseatic town and visit the churches of Marienkirche with its tall church tower, St Nicholai and St Georgen.
- Visit the huge market square and neo-classical Rathaus or town hall which houses an exhibition in the basement about the history of Wismar.
- Take a boat trip around the working harbour where you may spot everything from massive cruise ships to small sailing boats and in summer you can take a trip to the island of Poel.
- Take a tour of the Winsmar brewery, Brauhaus am Lohberg where you can take a tour as well as tasting some of the excellent local beers.
- Take a day trip to the romantic Schwerin Castle set by the lake and surrounded by beautiful gardens, once the home of the dukes of the Mecklenburg.
- Hire a bike and cycle some of the Baltic sea cycle route from Wismar, or try the 35km cycle path from Wismar to Schwerin.
Although you might not have heard of Wismar with its beaches, ports, forests and islands, this German town is definitely worth a trip, don’t you think?
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