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European Brick Gothic

You need a little culture on your Baltic Sea holiday? The cultural landscape in the Baltic region is characterised by architectural witnesses of the Hanseatic period.

Town walls, market squares with proud gabled houses and impressive churches and monasteries in Brick Gothic style give an idea of the spirit brought by the Hanseatic period. Today, it can only be seen in the impressive ruins or individual witnesses which have been preserved.

The European Brick Gothic architecture is closely linked to the history of the northwestern and northeastern European countries between the 13th and 16th Centuries and the emergence of the Hanseatic League. The economic relations between the Baltic countries and the western European countries led to an exchange of cultural developments. The brick architecture was mainly prevalent in the coastal areas around the Baltic Sea. In the 14th Century, an opulent decorative style began to be seen on the gable ends of brick buildings. Still today, the glowing red stones bear witness to a rich and impressive architecture.

Take a trip to the historical witnesses of Brick Gothic architecture in Vorpommern and be impressed by the mix of old buildings in young surroundings!

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Brick gothic in Vorpommern

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Greifswald Cathedral

Greifswald Cathedral is one of the most beautiful religious buildings in Northern Germany. With its 100 m high tower it towers above the Hanseatic city of Greifswald. From its tower gallery you have an impressive view as far as the island of Rügen.
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St. Spiritus - Socio-Cultural Center

The Socio-Cultural Center provides an atmospheric platform for many events in a historic setting: concerts featuring live music of various genres, puppetry, theater, cabaret and other live events. There are also changing art exhibitions, regular drawing and ceramics classes and art workshops.
The socio-cultural center is located in the city center of Greifswald in a listed ensemble, whose oldest components date back to the 13th century. An idyllic courtyard with historic half-timbered buildings houses artistic workshops and is a venue of...
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Church St. Marien Greifswald

The Church of St. Marien is a parish church in the middle of Greifswald's old town. The Church of St. Marien can be visited after the Sunday service until 13.00 a ’clock. In the months of June, July and August, the following opening hours apply: Monday to Friday from 10 to 18 a ‘clock and Saturday 11 to 15 a ‘clock. Church tours can be booked in the church office or in the church.
The construction start of the St. Marien Church, which is also called the "fat Marie" by the citizens of Greifswald, probably dates back to the middle of the 13th century. Together with the two other city churches of St. Nikolai and St. Jacobi, it is...
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Village church Kemnitz

The village church in Kemnitz looks back on a long tradition. In the rectory, right next to the church is a small exhibition of the painter Friedrich August von Klinkowström.The theme cycle path "Route of North German Romanticism", which runs from Greifswald to Wolgast, leads to the places of this painter of the romantic period.
The church was built around 1300. The monastery Eldena promoted the establishment of the church, which was extended several times in the following centuries, but were also destroyed. The church received today's appearance in the middle of the 18th...
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St. Petri Church

St. Petri's Church is the former court church of the dukes of Pomerania-Wolgast.
The three-naved basilica from the 14th century was the court church of the dukes of Pomerania-Wolgast. It was built around 1350 in honor of the Apostle Petrus. Originally a pagan temple was said to have been erected at the same spot, which Otto von...
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Chapel St. Gertrud

The chapel St. Gertrud is a gem of the brick gothic.
The Chapel of St. Gertrude is a twelve-sided brick building with center column and star vault from the 15th century. Of the originally over 30 Gertrud chapels in Pomerania, only 4 are still present today, of which the Wolgaster is the only one in...
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Village Church Wehrland

The village church of Wehrland is a boulder church from the 13th century.
The boulder church was built in the 13th century and extended and rebuilt several times in the following centuries. Worth seeing in the Interior of the Church is the organ gallery with an organ by Wilhelm Remler (Berlin) from 1866. She is one of...
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Municipal Church of St. Nikolai Gützkow

The municipal church of St. Nikolai is located in Gützkow in Western Pomerania. It has neo-Gothic features.
The fieldstone church in Gützkow was first mentioned in documents in 1241. However, the present church square was already a religious site. There was a pagan temple, which in 1128 had to give way to a church consecrated by Bishop Otto von Bamberg....
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Dorfkirche Behrenhoff

The village church in Behrenhoff in Vorpommern dates back to the 13th century.
The Church was built in the Middle Ages in Behrenhoff and originally was a triple-naved, three-bay brick Basilica with buttresses. At the beginning of the 14th century, the choir was added. The Church was converted several times in the following...
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Church St. Marien Anklam

The Marienkriche is a late Romanesque-Gothic hall church whose oldest existing part stems from the 13th century.
Special attractions are amongst others the medieval fresco painting, an early Gothic font, a Madonna figure remaining from the past high altar (15th century) and the Epitaphs originating from the renaissance and baroque era. The big Schurke-organ was...
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Village church Horst

The village church of Horst in Western Pomerania is a typical representative of brick architecture.
The brick building was built in the 14th and 15th centuries. Worth seeing inside the Church are late Gothic wall paintings, a late Gothic, dipterous carved altar (early 16th century) and a pulpit built in Renaissance style. The organ was made in 1850...
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Greifswald gate in Grimmen

The Greifswald gate in Grimmen was built around 1350 and is one of 3 gates, which still exist in Grimmen.
The Greifswald gate built between 1350 and 1400 and was part of the medieval fortifications of the city. It was badly damaged around 1800 when a lightning strike happened. The late Gothic brick building was rebuilt smaller and barer due to scarce...
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Village Church Gristow

The village church of Gristow in Western Pomerania dates from the 13th century.
The start of construction of the village church of Gristow took place in the year 1280. Originally, the church had a wooden church tower, which however was demolished around 1690 due to structural damage and was replaced by a new free-standing Bell...
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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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Dorfkirche Hanshagen

The Gothic church building dates from the 13th century.
The construction of the Gothic church started in the 15th century. The oldest parts of the Church date back to the 13th century. Also the brick altar is medieval. The fresco of St. Michael is worth a visit inside the church. The tower was built at...
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Martin-Luther-Church Eggesin

The Martin Luther Church in Eggesin was built in 1911. The Neo-Gothic church with its 48-meter-high tower, visible from afar, characterizes the silhouette of the town of Eggesin.
Built in 1911, the neo-gothic church with its 48 meter high tower, visible from afar, characterizes the silhouette of the town of Eggesin. 
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St. Marien Church Pasewalk

Even from afar, the medieval Marien Church points the way to the city of Pasewalk in Pomerania. The three-aisled building towers over the surrounding area as one of the most important north German brick churches.
Already in the second half of the 12th century, the first mention of a "market church" of the castle Pozdewolk was made on a document. On these foundations, the building that has been so impressive to this day has emerged. The nave dates from the...
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arcona HOTEL BALTIC

Charming hotel with a long-standing tradition in Stralsund, nestling perfectly in the prevailing brick architecture of the old town. Just a few steps from the historic town centre and harbour, the hotel features 127 comfortable rooms and 5 apartments, some with views of the Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church) or the Strelasund.
In the Hanseatic City Stralsund - the gateway to the island of Rügen - can be found conveniently located and just a few steps from the historic city centre and the port, the arcona Hotel BALTIC. 127 comfortable rooms and 5 apartments are available...