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Traditions & Customs on your Baltic Sea Holiday in Vorpommern

In Vorpommern, customs and traditions are highly valued. During your Baltic Sea holiday you can experience maritime fishing, discover the local agriculture or enjoy traditional delicacies.

The Hanseatic city of Greifswald boasts Germany’s largest museum harbour and 50 traditional sailing ships anchored  there. The adjacent museum boatyard attracts visitors on their Baltic Sea holiday with hands-on repairs on small and large ships. Traditional boat building is also practised with great attention fot detail at the boatyard in Freest. The boatyard, which is over 100 years old, is always willing to open its doors to those who are interested. For those who want to experience a traditional ship in all its glory on the water during their holiday on the Baltic Sea, the Pomeranian cog UCRA is a very special kind of excursion.

Delicious fish is part of every Baltic holiday! You can enjoy fresh fish in the quaint fishing village of Freest on the Peenestrom river. Freest not only has an idyllic fishing port that’s worth a visit, it also has an excellent local history museum. Here you can find out everything about the unique Freest-style fisherman’s rugs. Or you pay a visit to the spa resort of Mönkebude and go on a Zeesen boat sailing trip on the Szczecin Lagoon.

The outdoor museum Klockenhagen demonstrates the agriculture of several 100 years ago. It is particularly beautiful here at harvest time. You can watch the traditional harvest crowns being tied and experience one of the many harvest feasts in the region as the annual highlight of agricultural customs. 

Draghunting has a long tradition in Vorpommern. This special riding event with the “Mecklenburger Meute” dogs takes place in various locations in the autumn, for example at Stolpe manor house.

Christmas time in Vorpommern is also full of authentic customs. A particularly nice activity for children is the "Lütt Weihnachten", a Christmas feast for the animals in the forest. The author Hans Fallada once wrote a children's book about this long-standing tradition.

And if all this maritime flair, agriculture and history gives you an appetite, you won’t be disappointed in Vorpommern. Here on the Baltic Sea you can enjoy many regional delicacies such as freshly caught fish, game specialities or sea buckthorn



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Maritime Handicrafts

Learn more about the long tradition of boat building as well as the unique fishermen's carpets from Freest.

Fisheries in Vorpommern

Discover Vorpommern's fishing villages and meet genuine fishermen who will give you an insight into their lives on the Baltic coast. How is this centuries-old craft being lived today?

Manor houses in Vorpommern

Discover the castles and manor houses of Vorpommern, many of which have already got new life in old walls. But the traditions and customs are still being kept in many of the places.

Local customs & festivities

Immerse yourself in the celebrations and customs that are still alive.

Traditions & customs in Vorpommern

Places and sights to discover


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...

Ukranenland - Historical Workshops

The outdoor museum 'Ukranenland' is openend daily from 10am-5pm from May to October. It is the reconstruction of a Slavic settlement of the 9th/10th century on the 'Ueckerwiesen' at the edge of town.
The northwest Slavic 'Ukranen' settled the 'Ueckerniederungen' from the lower 'Oder' up to the 'Zarow' and from the 'Oderhaff' to the 'Schorfheide'. Our 'Kirchheide' shows the erstwhile life, work and rites of the 'Ukranen' as it was constructed with...

Turnery Rose

The turnery Rose – in Eggesin – offers high quality traditional craftsmanship. Wood for building staircases, interior construction or building furniture is made here. You can trust in over 30 years of experience! We also offer custom designed handicraft or restorations.
Only very few turnery guilds can be found in Vorpommern. If you are looking for a special gift or arts and craft that you can’t buy anywhere else? Take the opportunity to visit the workshop in Eggesin. You can also get a small overview over our...

UCRA - the Pommernkogge

Since summer 2020, the "floating museum", UCRA - Die Pommernkogge, which also serves to teach history and youth work, has been sailing from Ueckermünde. History fans should not miss this unique highlight of the Uecker-Randow region.
After several years of construction, the ship was transported overland from the shipyard "Ukranenland - Historische Werkstätten" in Torgelow to the Szczecin Lagoon on 31 August 2014, anchored in the port of Ueckermünde and continued to be built...

Haffmuseum in the Castle Ueckermünde

Fancy history? In the Uckermüder Haffmuseum you can discover lots of it. Wether if Easter or Christmas exhibition or interactive tours through the local museum, visitors of every age will have a great time. If you managed to climb the 75 stairs up the castle tower, you will be rewarded with a great view.
In the middle from the old Town from the seaside resort Ueckermünde in the castle the Pomeranian duchess, there is the Haffmuseum.The museum’s entrance with its late gothic cladding design is already very interesting for fans of architecture. The...

Sailing School Greifswald

Visit the idyllically located sailing, surfing and recreational craft school in Greifswald. Come profit from our knowledge and wide variety of courses for guests of every age. Guided kayak tours and boat rental are also part of the offers.
At our place you can learn sailing, surfing and driving the recreational craft in one of the most beautiful surf and sailing areas of Germany. You will find our optimally equipped school in Greifswald/Wieck, a placid fishermen’s village, directly at...

Stolpe Manor House

The renovated Stolpe Manor House, surrounded by a park with old trees, is located in the middle of a monument-protected, extensive complex from the last century. The house, a member of Relais & Châteaux, is towering above the rugged river in the middle of the Peene Valley National Park.
During a delightful stay in the estate, silver cranes, sea eagles and beavers become your direct neighbors, whether at the á la carte breakfast, while enjoying a king cake under old trees in the 11 hectare park, at a fine dinner in the restaurant (1...

Pommerland herb garden

The Pommerland herb garden is located in Pulow in Vorpommern.
On an area of about three hectares, wild and cultivated herbs are grown, harvested and processed by hand, such as lemon balm, peppermint, lady's mantle, hyssop, elderberry, strawberries, currant bushes and damascus rose. These and other organic herbs...

Wiecker wooden bascule bridge

The Wieck wooden bascule bridge connects the two districts of Wieck and Eldena in the Hanseatic City of Greifswald. It was built in 1887 following the Dutch model. The bascule bridge crosses the River Ryck. The river flows into the Dänische Wiek, part of the Greifswalder Bodden. The bridge is only accessible to cyclists and pedestrians and is only opened when necessary. During the approx. 10-minute bridge crossing, visitors can observe how the old monument works.

Museum of Local History Freest

The small museum hosts a collection of many different commodities, which were used in the daily life of the local fishermen and farmers. The exhibition hall was carefully arranged by the village’s residents. Special attractions are the famous traditional carpets of Freest.
The hand-knotted rarities have been produced here since 1928. In last centuries, the carpet was an additional income for the fishing families. When you are looking for a group tour, please give a short call.

Harbour Lassan

Take a stroll at the old harbour in one of Germany's smallest towns.
In the east side of Vorpommern, vis-à-vis to the island Usedom and directly at the Peenestrom, the old town of  Lassan is located, midst the appealing landscape between gently rolling hills and wide fields. The town is not a typical tourist...

Fishing Port Wieck

Wieck is one of the oldest fishing villages in Northern Germany and is closely connected with the monastery in Eldena. The fishing port was already at that time an important outer harbour, on the river Ryck, for the city of Greifswald.
The listed fishing village Wieck is located directly on the Bay of Greifswald. The landmark of the village is the Wieck bascule bridge, built after the Dutch model. Especially fishing is still omnipresent here. Whether fish rolls, typical regional...

Eggesin Folk Museum

The folk museum in Eggesin tells you all about the small town’s history.

Museum of Local History Mönkebude

Since 2000 the museum “Fischerstube” contains all the things that dictate the life in the village and its neighboring region. The tourist information can also be found here. Here you can find information, accommodation service, bike rental, fishing maps, souvenirs, etc.
The Fischerstube was formed in 1996. The exhibition’s main focal points are the contemporary witnesses of fishery and the shipping industry. No matter if fish traps, fishing nets or eel harpoons - all exhibits can be related to the seamen and their...

Museum of local history Rieth

The museum of local history, tells the story of how life was 100-150 years ago. The old fishing tools, kitchen tools and photos testify the history. In the smallest museum of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, you can experience the history of Rieth.

Norbert Stöcker boatyard

The Norbert Stöcker boatyard has 40 water berths for yachts of up to 14 metres in length on the Uecker river, about one sea mile upstream of the Uecker estuary.

Weisse Düne Sailing Tours

Weisse Düne Sailing Tours: We invite you to a feast for the senses. Weisse Düne, this means pure romantic under sails in the waters of Usedom. The Weisse Düne is a sailing ship built in 1909. We connect comfort with history. Adventure a wonderful sailing tour in an unique ambience. Out day and night cruises take place in protected waters of the Island of Usedom. Real sailors and also inexperienced people get their money’s worth.
During our day and night cruises we give you a ride to the Pomeranian waters around Usedom from Neppermin, Wolgast or Karlshagen. Aboard you will be welcomed with a glass of champagne. Captain Jane Bothe takes you back to the old times and tells the...

“Vorpommern” traditional ship

The “Vorpommern” traditional ship is operated by Sozialarbeit Vorpommern gGmbH.

Cutter “Lütt Matten”

Excursions, ferry trips, sailing tours and charter tours; excursions from Kamminke, Altwarp, Neuwarp; Crossings from Altwarp to Neuwarp
Excursions, ferry trips, sailing tours and charter tours excursions from Kamminke, Altwarp, Neuwarp Crossings from Altwarp to Neuwarp