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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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Greifswald-Information

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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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. 
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...