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University and Hanseatic city Greifswald

In the North East of Germany, between the two largest islands of Rügen and Usedom, lies the versatile university and hanseatic city of Greifswald.

In 1199 cistercian monks founded the monastery Hilda which can be viewed as a ruin in Eldena today. Through its membership in the Hanseatic League, Greifswald experienced an economic boom in the Middle Ages. Today the city is a modern and important business, science, and technology location.

The three major parish churches – St Mary, the Cathedral of St. Nicholas and St. James Church – are impressive monuments from the time of brick architecture. Images of the famous artist Caspar David Friedrich are exhibited in the Art Gallery of the Pomeranian State Museum. Located in the historic Old Town area with its gothic gable houses on the market is the main building of the university with the auditorium and the detention room. Tours are available by appointment.

Many restaurants and hotels are looking forward to your visit all year round. Many well-fortified biking and hiking trails offer the opportunity to explore the university and hanseatic City of Greifswald and their environment individually. In the summer months there are many cultural events taking place: for example the Jazz Evenings in the monastery Eldena and concerts in the Cathedral as part of the Bach week.


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Accommodation service, souvenir sales, ticket service and best advice - the Greifswald information is the best address in the University and Hanseatic city (not only for tourists).
The Greifswald information is located in the heart of the historic city of Greifswald, directly on the historic marketplace.The staff welcomes you in the University and Hanseatic city and advises you on accommodation and leisure activities.Here you...


from 20.05.2024 to 31.10.2024

Greifswald Old Town Tour

The historic old town forms the heart of Greifswald. Adorned with Hanseatic merchants' houses and brick churches and enclosed by lush ramparts, the traces of the medieval past are still visible today. During the 90-minute city tour, visitors walk in...

Travel agency greetings from Atlantis

Whether booking an attractive and interesting package deal, themed tours or as your travel specialist for boat trips on the Mecklenburg Lake District and along the Baltic Coast. At the travel agency Grüße aus Atlantis you will receive your offer.
By booking one of our attractive and interesting package deals, you can plan your stay in Greifswald in advance. Themed tours will let you in on the secrets of the Hanseatic city and the Vorpommern region. For groups, we offer tailor-made packages...

Theater and Stadthalle Greifswald

Theater Greifswald is part of Theater Vorpommern - together with Theater Stralsund since 1994 and Theater Putbus since 2006.
The administrative management, the theater, the ballet and the philharmonic orchestra are based here. The theater building was opened on October 10, 1915. After extensive renovation and restoration work, the Stadthalle was reopened on December 18,...

Pomeranian State Museum

14,000 years of eventful history on the southern Baltic coast on both sides of the Oder are presented between the former Franciscan church and the city wall - in an award-winning ensemble of buildings that impressively combines Gothic, classicist and contemporary architecture. The valuable collection of paintings presents works by renowned painters such as Caspar David Friedrich, Frans Hals, Philipp Otto Runge, Max Liebermann, Max Pechstein and Vincent van Gogh.
Various exhibits paint a multifaceted picture of the development of Pomerania since the first hunters and gatherers. An impressive highlight is the unique 30 m2 Croy carpet, a testimony to the high culture at the court of the Griffins, the Pomeranian...


from 03.11.2024 to 08.12.2024

Caspar David Friedrich - Voices from the Sea of Fog

In the depot of the Saxon Picture Gallery, puppeteer Emil Geisselbrecht, who was banned from performing due to lèse majesté, fell in love with the forgotten paintings by Caspar David Friedrich that had been banned from exhibitions. He discovers...
from 19.05.2024 to 04.08.2024

Caspar David Friedrich. Lifelines

With six paintings, more than 60 drawings and prints as well as numerous archival documents and letters, the Pomeranian State Museum has one of the most extensive collections of original material from Caspar David Friedrich's life and work in the...
from 06.06.2024 to 06.06.2024

Art break

In 1820, Caspar David Friedrich received a visit from the Russian Tsar and his State Councillor Vasily Zhukovsky in his Dresden studio. Ten years later, he created four paintings that can only be seen by lamplight. In the instructions sent to St....
from 18.08.2024 to 06.10.2024

Caspar David Friedrich. Places of longing

The anniversary exhibition celebrating Caspar David Friedrich's birthday on September 5 will feature a real star guest: the masterpiece "Chalk Cliffs on Rügen". The world-famous painting, which is now at home in Winterthur, Switzerland, will be...
from 16.10.2024 to 05.01.2025

Caspar David Friedrich. Hometown

Caspar David Friedrich remained closely connected to Greifswald, the place of his birth, childhood and youth, throughout his life. One of the most impressive testimonies to this is the painting "Meadows near Greifswald", which is kept in Hamburg. In...

Greifswald Zoo

In the Greifswald zoo you can discover new things during all seasons of the year. Our park invites visitors, with its inhabitants and the natural history house with café. Zoo school, tours, children’s birthdays and family parties can be organized, if asked for. Opening hours: November - March: 09:00 am - 16:00 pm April and October: 09:00 am - 17:00 pm May - September 09:00 am – 18:00 pm
An experience for all sensesOut indigenous zoological garden in Greifswald is really worth a visit, no matter what the season. Lovely and naturalistically decorated animal facilities allow a new and interesting insight in the fascinating world of...

Guesthouse Köhler

Welcome to the guesthouse Köhler! You find us in the Green, about 7 km from the marketplace of Greifswald. We speak German and English and are child - and pet-friendly and offer common Tajine-cooking for lovers or curious people.
We offer three rooms in three different houses: a stone house, a wooden house (wood100) and a log cabin of canadian cedar. Each double room in the cedar house has integrated a mini kitchen and a bathroom. The guests in the other houses use community...

Church St. Jacobi Greifswald

The St. Jacobi Church, which is dedicated to the patron saint of fishermen, was first mentioned by name in 1280.
The brick church consists of a three-aisled hall and the slightly narrower square west tower. The originally higher tower had, until a fire in 1955, a truss attachment, which was not restored during the reconstruction of the tower roof. 

Greifswald Botanical Garden

The botanical garden was founded in 1763 and belongs to the University of Greifswald. It consists of 16 greenhouses and outdoor areas, ponds, 8000 different plant species including: Cacti, giant water lilies, tropical orchids and aromatic and medicinal plants. The construction of the new botanical garden (arboretum) began in 1934 under botany professor Paul Metzner (1893-1968) on Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Straße.


from 29.06.2024 to 29.06.2024

Plants in midsummer | Botany - Course in the Arboretum Greifswald Part 3

Today we are looking at the summer bloomers. We also want to keep a little eye on the grasses. Don't worry, knowing five important ones is easy!
from 14.09.2024 to 14.09.2024

Late bloomers | Botany - Course in the Arboretum Greifswald Part 4

Asters are late-flowering plants. Accordingly, today we are going to take a closer look at the aster family with a magnifying glass.
from 12.10.2024 to 12.10.2024

Fruits and leaf colors | Botany - Course in the Arboretum Greifswald Part 5

We end our plant course with the colorful autumn and try to learn to see the causes of leaf coloration. Of course, we won't miss out on the colorful fruits of this season ...

Arboretum of the University of Greifswald

Knowledge about plants is vividly conveyed here. Get to know the diversity of the plant world on a tour of the University of Greifswald's Botanical Garden and Arboretum.
The arboretum, which was established in 1934, is part of the University of Greifswald's Botanical Gardens. The grounds are arranged according to geographical aspects. There is a water lily pond in the central part of the arboretum. The arboretum is...

Caspar David Friedrich Center

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.
Visitors can see their father's old soap boiler, the family cabinet with the family tree, the Rügen and Eldena rooms with famous motifs from Friedrich's work and the Caspar David Friedrich Gallery. The tour offers comprehensive information on...


from 24.05.2024 to 20.12.2024

Drink & Draw

 Twice a month, we cordially invite you to a free drawing in a convivial atmosphere - drinks are included! From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. you can be creative and spend the evening in a convivial atmosphere.Duration: 180 min.Number of people: min. 5 - max. 10...
from 21.05.2024 to 17.12.2024

Soap workshop

 Make your own soaps and candles at Friedrich's soap and candle factory! In the cellar vaults of the CDFZ, visitors of all ages can learn everything there is to know about making soaps and candles.In the rooms of Friedrich's soap and candle...
from 24.05.2024 to 20.12.2024

Guided tour of the Caspar David Friedrich Center

On this guided tour of the artist's birthplace and childhood home, you will gain an insight into the life of the young Caspar David Friedrich, his family and their craftsmanship and learn interesting facts about his training in Copenhagen, his...
from 28.05.2024 to 10.12.2024

Candle workshop

 Make your own soaps and candles at Friedrich's soap and candle factory! In the cellar vaults of the CDFZ, visitors of all ages can learn everything there is to know about making soaps and candles.In the rooms of Friedrich's soap and candle...
from 14.06.2024 to 04.10.2024

Guided tour along the Caspar David Friedrich picture trail

Learn more about Caspar David Friedrich, his birthplace and places that have a special connection to his life on a guided tour along the Caspar David Friedrich Picture Trail. The route leads along the picture trail stations within Greifswald's old...
from 31.05.2024 to 18.10.2024

Caspar-David-Friedrich-Bildweg: Wieck fishing village & Eldena monastery ruins

Learn more about Caspar David Friedrich, his birthplace and places that have a special connection to his life on a guided tour along the Caspar David Friedrich Picture Trail in the fishing village of Wieck and at the monastery ruins in Eldena....
from 01.06.2024 to 14.12.2024

CDF drawing course

 The CDF drawing course is aimed at anyone who enjoys drawing. No previous knowledge is required. The topics of the drawing course vary.Duration: 180 minutesNumber of people: min. 5 to max. 10 peopleCosts: € 29.00 regular / € 24.00 reducedPlease...
from 19.05.2024 to 13.10.2024

Caspar David Friedrich: the hidden life of the paintings

From May 4, 2024 to October 13, 2024, a special exhibition dedicated to the 250th anniversary of Caspar David Friedrich can be viewed in the gallery of the Caspar David Friedrich Center, which is dedicated to the hidden life of Friedrich's paintings....
from 29.05.2024 to 13.10.2024

Guided tour of the special exhibition: Caspar David Friedrich: the hidden life of the paintings

Guided tour of the special exhibition "Caspar David Friedrich: the hidden life of the paintings". Open to all ages.Duration: 45 - 60 minutesCost: € 11.00 regular / € 8.00 reducedParticipants: Min. 5 to max. 25 peoplePlease register at least two...
from 22.05.2024 to 02.10.2024

Guided tour for children through the special exhibition: Caspar David Friedrich: the hidden life of the paintings

This guided tour through the special exhibition "Caspar David Friedrich: The Hidden Life of Paintings" is aimed specifically at children.Duration: 45 - 60 minutesCost: € 11.00 regular / € 8.00 reduced, on Children's Day on 01.06.2024: € 3.00Participa...
from 25.05.2024 to 25.05.2024

Exhibition opening: CeDeEff & Friends (Kunstverein KÜNSTLER GUT LOITZ E. V.)

 The Caspar-David-Friedrich-Zentrum cordially invites you to the opening of the exhibition "CeDeEff & Friends" by the art association KÜNSTLER GUT LOITZ E. V.. The exhibition will then be on display in Loitz for four months. Admission is free.Please...
from 14.06.2024 to 14.06.2024

Reading: Sonja Daemen reads from: My encounters with Greifswald and Caspar David Friedrich

 Reading by Greifswald author Sonja Daemen at the Caspar David Friedrich Center: Sonja Daemen reads from: My encounters with Greifswald and Caspar David Friedrich.Duration: 120 minutesCost: €5.00 regular / €3.00 reducedParticipants: max. 30 peoplePle...
from 06.08.2024 to 06.08.2024

"Margarethe Friedrich" tells the story: Caspar David Friedrich's visit to Greifswald

In this guided tour, "Margarethe Friedrich", Caspar David Friedrich's sister-in-law, tells the story of Caspar David Friedrich and his wife's visits to his home town of Greifswald.Duration: approx. 60 min.Number of people: min. 5 - max. 20 peopleCost...
from 11.10.2024 to 11.10.2024

"Margarethe Friedrich" tells the story: From the Friedrich family home to the museum

On this guided tour of the Friedrich family's former home and business premises, "Margarethe Friedrich", Caspar David Friedrich's sister-in-law, will tell you more about the history of the house from Caspar David Friedrich's former home to today's...
from 26.10.2024 to 26.10.2024

Presentation of the Caspar David Friedrich Prize 2024 & vernissage

 On Saturday, October 26, 2024, the Caspar David Friedrich Prize 2024 will be awarded from 2 p.m. and the opening ceremony of the award-winning exhibition will take place. Admission is free!You can register from Tuesday to Sunday between 11:00 and...
from 26.10.2024 to 21.12.2024

Exhibition of the 2024 Caspar David Friedrich Prize winner

The exhibition of the Caspar David Friedrich Prize Winner 2024 can be viewed in the gallery of the Caspar David Friedrich Center from October 26, 2024 until December 21, 2024. The opening of the exhibition and the presentation of the Caspar David...
from 30.10.2024 to 18.12.2024

CDFZ_contemporary: Exhibition of the 2024 Caspar David Friedrich Prize winner

Impulse tour through the current exhibition at the Caspar David Friedrich Center.The program of the Caspar David Friedrich Gallery on the 1st floor shows works by current artists* that refer to the art of Caspar David Friedrich and/or his...

Eldena monastery ruins

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.
Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) made the ruins of the medieval Cistercian monastery of Eldena widely known with his paintings and drawings. The remains of the once important monastery are embedded in a park with old trees, including 180-year-old...


from 15.06.2024 to 16.06.2024

9th Eldena Monastery Market

Once a year, the place that became the starting point for the founding of the town of Greifswald with the establishment of the Cistercian monastery more than 800 years ago becomes a bustling market: The University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald...
from 05.07.2024 to 06.07.2024


On the first weekend in July, jazz fans from Germany meet at the Eldena monastery ruins.Friday, July 5 I Admission 6:15 p.m., start 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 6 I Admission 6:15 p.m., start 7:00 p.m. The program will be published by spring 2024.Early...
from 12.07.2024 to 12.07.2024

SIGNUMs & Friends

Five chamber concerts as part of the SIGNUM saxophone quartet's residency are being held under the motto "SIGNUMs & Friends". The musicians have invited seven exciting artists to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for these evenings and are putting together an...

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...

Marina Greifswald on the Ryck

... in the middle of the Hanseatic City of Greifswald. A modern, well-equipped marina with comprehensive services is a matter of course. But a marina in the heart of a historic old town is unique. Because our Marina Yachtzentrum is ideally located on the River Ryck in the heart of Greifswald. Whether restaurant, theater, museum, cinema, shopping or doctor: from your berth you can reach everything within a few minutes' walk.
The marina is located in the heart of Greifswald on the River Ryck. Thanks to its central location, the theater, museum, cinema, restaurants, doctors and stores are all within a few minutes' walk of the berth.The marina has jetties with 230 berths...

St. Nikolai Cathedral 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.
The slender baroque onion dome with two lanterns replaced the Gothic spire in 1652. The University of Greifswald was opened in St. Nikolai in 1456. Today it is the venue for the Greifswald Bach Week.Protestant cathedral, first mentioned in a document...


from 03.06.2024 to 03.06.2024

Dresden Kreuzchor

The opening concert of the Bach Week will feature greetings from the Caspar David Friedrich city of Dresden. The program includes works by Schütz, Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Kodály.Conductor: Martin Lehmann
from 03.06.2024 to 03.06.2024

Bach at night

Frank Dittmer, organ
from 04.06.2024 to 04.06.2024

Bach at night

Hans-Jürgen Wulf, organ
from 04.06.2024 to 04.06.2024

For Caspar David

The concert will feature works that deal with the famous Greifswald painter: the CDF Impressions for piano by Burkhard Meyer and compositions from the Romantic period, including choral music by Fanny Hensel and the brilliant string octet by Felix...
from 05.06.2024 to 05.06.2024

Bach at night

Matthias Schneider, organ
from 05.06.2024 to 05.06.2024

Spiritual morning music

Sermon: Pastor Uwe Hein, Greifswald Choirand Orchestra of the Greifswald Bach WeekConductor: Hans-Jürgen Wulf  
from 05.06.2024 to 05.06.2024

Night prayer

The Three Motets op. 69 by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Nunc dimittis, Jubilate Deo and Magnificat - which were originally intended for the Anglican service, with whose rich choral tradition Mendelssohn became familiar on his numerous visits to...
from 06.06.2024 to 06.06.2024

Bach at night

Konja Voll, organ
from 06.06.2024 to 06.06.2024

Spiritual morning music

Sermon: Pastor Notger Slenczka, BerlinChamber Choir of the Institute for Church Music and MusicologyOrchestra of the Greifswald Bach WeekConductor: Frank Dittmer
from 06.06.2024 to 06.06.2024

Symphonic sounds

Symphonic music from the Romantic period meets a contemporary oratorio that explores the theological and ambiguous aspects of Romanticism. The premiere of the First Symphony by Danish composer Niels Wilhelm Gade was conducted by none other than...
from 07.06.2024 to 07.06.2024

Bach at night

from 07.06.2024 to 07.06.2024

Spiritual morning music

Sermon: Pastor Rajah Isabelle Scheepers, Copenhagen Choirand Orchestra of the Greifswald Bach WeekConductor: Matthias Schneider 
from 07.06.2024 to 07.06.2024

To the sea ...!

Sailing ships and boats - they are the central motifs in many of Caspar David Friedrich's paintings, whether entering the harbor or heading out to sea. The pupils trace the longing for distant, unknown oceans and countries. On their journey there,...
from 08.06.2024 to 08.06.2024

Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Bach's Passion music was forgotten for a long time after his death. It was not until the Romantic period that they were remembered. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy performed the St. Matthew Passion again for the first time in 1829 with the Berlin...
from 08.06.2024 to 08.06.2024

Morning prayer

  Ólafur Elíasson has designed new, colorful east windows for Greifswald Cathedral. In the morning light that falls through them into the High Choir, we begin the Bach Week Saturday: with flute sounds, prayer and singing.Liturgy: Tilman Beyrich Arne...
from 09.06.2024 to 09.06.2024

Festive service

from 26.07.2024 to 26.07.2024

Sea of Ice: Hope & SIGNUMs

250 years of Caspar David Friedrich - the whole country celebrates in summer 2024! The festival program also includes a world premiere. One of the most renowned composers of our time, Christian Jost, has been commissioned by the Festspiele MV and the...