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The Romantic era in Vorpommern

Caspar David Friedrich and his artist friends worked in Vorpommern, a region that also served them as a source of inspiration. They made the Bay of Greifswald region the home of Romanticism.

It was the special light that enveloped the meadows near Greifswald, the traditional sailing boats in the harbour, the hustle and bustle on the market square and the Eldena monastery ruin, which fascinated many artists, most notably Caspar David Friedrich, and which made Vorpommern a place of pilgrimage for the Romanticists.

Caspar David Friedrich was born in Greifswald 1774. He is regarded as the most important painter and drawer of German early Romanticism, and he returned to his home region on the coast of the Bay of Greifswald many times. The northern German landscape had a lasting impact on Friedrich’s personality as well as his painting, and it made him a forerunner of a new outlook on art and landscape.

Today, many of the stations in and around Greifswald that served as a source of inspiration and as a theme can be explored on foot or by bike along the Caspar David Friedrich Trail. The local event  Day of Caspar David Friedrich in Greifswald is also worth a trip to Vorpommern. His drawings also immortalised the towns of Neubrandenburg, where his relatives lived, and Stralsund, the starting point of his travels to the island of Rügen. While on wedding trip with his wife Caroline 200 years ago, he created the famous painting “Kreidefelsen auf Rügen” (Chalk Cliffs on Rügen) – two important events that are celebrated and honoured during the anniversary year 2018. Some of the companions and friends of Friedrich also had a major impact on the Romantic epoch in Vorpommern, including Philipp Otto Runge from Wolgast, the most versatile of the 19th century painters, and Friedrich August von Klinkowström, who was responsible for the artistic design of Ludwigsburg palace. The new Route of North German Romanticism (to the video) tells you more about the epoch’s most famous representatives, their lives and the places they worked.



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Route of North German Romanticism

Combine the art of the Romantic era with today's nature experience.

Caspar David Friedrich Trail

On tour in Greifswald and surrounding, discovering original scenes.

200 Years Wedding Trip – Caspar David Friedrich

Visit original locations of the wedding trip 1818.

Originials of Romanticism

Visit the picture gallery of Pomeranian State Museum with masterpieces of Caspar David Friedrich & Co.

Places of Romanticism


Caspar David Friedrich Centre

The Caspar David Friedrich Centre was opened in 2004 in the old soap factory in remembrance of the great artist and the most famous son of the city of Greifswald. It was extended in 2011 to include the entire former residential and business premises of the Friedrich family. The centre is an exhibition and document space as well as a research centre.
The Caspar David Friedrich Centre in Greifswald, the birthplace of the romantic painter, offers a wide range of information about the city’s famous son (1774-1840), his family and home region, his work and the Romantic era. In the historical...

Pomeranian State Museum

Built between 1998 and 2005 and using the edifices of the former monastery from the 15th century, the prize-winning ensemble of buildings belonging to the Pomeranian State Museum displays numerous pieces from prehistoric and early history, the age of Hanseatic towns, the emergence of the Imperial Resorts.
Built between 1998 and 2005 and using the edifices of the former monastery from the 15th century, the prize-winning ensemble of buildings belonging to the Pomeranian State Museum displays numerous pieces from prehistoric and early history, the age of...

Greifswald Museum Harbour

Gaff ketch and schooner, seaquat and ramship, cruiser and kragejolle - about 45 old ships characterise the image of the museum harbour in Greifswald, which was founded in 1991 following the example of the museum harbours in Flensburg and Hamburg. With this, the Hanseatic townspeople reacted to the increased interest in historic ships and traditional seamanship.
As part of the old city harbour, the museum harbour extends from the Steinbecker Bridge to the old grain silo and characterises the maritime flair of the Hanseatic city. The oldest ship that visitors can admire in the museum harbour is the Zeesboot...

Eldena Abbey

Eldena Abbey is a former Cistercian monastery, originally named Hilda Abbey. Only ruins survive of the monastery, which was founded in 1199 and is well known as a frequent subject of Caspar David Friedrich's paintings.

Ludwigsburg Palace

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.

Ludwigsburg Natural Beach

Ludwigsburg beach is a popular destination for holidaymakers and locals. On hot summer days you can relax in a shady spot under the pine trees of the coastal forest or enjoy the rustic food and drink in a local inn. The homemade cakes are highly recommended.Kiters and surfers will love the beach and the shallow water of the Danish Wiek and the Bay of Greifswald.
The beach is located some 3 kilometres outside the village, directly on the Danish Wieck. It is easy to reach by bike via a quiet road, a section of the Baltic coast cycle path. The secure car park costs two euros per day. The beach is very pretty,...

Natural Beach Vierow

Not far from the small industrial port of Vierow and about 2 km from the village of Vierow, you can reach the natural beach Vierow on a hiking and cycling path. Lined by small and large stones and protected by a cliff about 1 to 3 meters high, the southern coast of Rügen with Zudar and peninsula Mönchgut in sight. Already Caspar-David Friedrich looked from here to the island of Rügen and drew “Fischerboote am Strand”.
If you feel like chicken gods, fossilized witnesses of yesteryear and of course amber, you can stroll the 3 kilometers along the natural beach from the seaside resort of Lubmin in the direction of Vierow harbor or upside down. It's a circuit if you...

Seaside Resort of Lubmin

The peaceful seaside resort of Lubmin with its 350 m long pier, a wide child-friendly sandy beach and picturesque and quaint pine forests is perfect for a family holiday. Lubmin is one of the stations of the "Route of North German Romanticism".
As a holiday destination, not just in the summer, Lubmin is a true insider tip. The resort’s five-kilometre beach with firm, fine sand and shallow water is ideal for a family holiday with small children. The pine forest behind the beach keeps the...

City Harbour Wolgast

The city harbour of Wolgast spreads an impressive maritime flair and is part of the "Route of the North German Romanticism." . Passenger ships set off on excursions into the backwater and to the Bay of Greifswald. The sailing ship "Weisse Düne" invites guests for a trip. A sensational view to the Petrikirche and the city centre is offered to the viewer. The imposing bascule bridge to the island of Usedom and the Peene shipyard characterise the town on the Peene river.
The city harbour Wolgast is the departure point for the classic harbour tours, boat trips on the Achterwasser or the Peene river. This is also where the leisure captains with their houseboats and sailing yachts are moored. With about 100 calls per...

Museum Rungehaus

The museum Rungehaus is the birth house of the painter and romantic artist Philipp Otto Runge (1777-1810). Alongside Caspar David Friedrich, he is regarded as one of the most important painters and graphic artists of the German Romantic period.
The pictures of Philipp August Runge are exhibited in the Hamburger Kunsthalle, and his life is documented in his birth house in Wolgast. In addition to his paintings, Runge made significant contributions to the three-dimensional colour theory, he...