Neustadt 2 - 4, Wismar, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, 23966, Germany
Small pension close to the old town, harbour and abouta 10 minute walk to the railway station.
Large slightly old fashioned but very comfortable room for us, slept very well here.
Breakfast and check-in at the hotel around the corner, works well.
Cash only, no cards.
Enjoyed our visit here.
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Travel Tips for Wismar
A public washing machine!!!
You don´t have to bring so much clean clothes as there is this public washing machine and dryer in the old port. It´s really helpful if you are touring the Baltic Sea on a sailing boat I think. You can wash your stuff here!!! Brilliant idea! Check out the onening hours!!!
Rathaus – the Town Hall
After one wing of the medieval town hall had collapsed, the present building was erected in neoclassical style in 1817-1819. Remains of the medieval building, especially the cellars, were integrated in the new one.
The gothic vaulted cellars contain the permanent exhibition “Wismar – Pictures of a City” about the history of the city. Opening hours: daily 10:00-18:00 (from January to March it closes at 16:00 on Sundays).
Schabbellhaus and Historical Museum
Wismar’s mayor Hinrich Schabbell had the house and brewery built in 1596-1571. He employed the same Dutch architect who designed the Wasserkunst a few years later. It was one of the earliest renaissance buildings along the Baltic Sea coast and shows the typical Dutch “bacon layer” design with white limestone ornaments in the red brick (now plastered and painted) wall.
The building hosts the historical museum which presents the culture and history of the city and its surroundings. The original Schwedenköpfe can be admired here, as well as Nix und Nixe* from the Wasserkunst. The medieval past as member of the Hansa is presented, another part of the exhibition presents the Swedish era. The art collection of an adventurous sailor from Wismar who travelled the whole world and finally settled in Australia together with his two sisters is shown. The industry is represented by the shipyards and the train factory. Etc…
*Nix and Nixe (photo 4), a male and a female water spirit, served as water taps inside the Wasserkunst, later they were transferred to the outside. In the 19th century they were removed "for reasons of morality" - hmmm, understandable...
The museum is not big, you can comfortably see everything in 30-60 minutes. For English speaking visitors there are booklets with explanations about the more important pieces to be borrowed in every room.
Baumhaus in the Harbour
The “tree house” was the house of an important official in the harbour who was in charge of opening and closing the “tree”. The “tree” was a long wooden beam which was attached to two poles to close the harbour basin at night and in danger to keep ship from entering and exiting.
Those two poles used to be decorated with the woodcarved Schwedenköpfe (Swedish heads). Copies of these are now put up in front of the Baumhaus, the originals are at Schabbellhaus museum.
Neue Kirche - a Notkirche by Otto Bartning
The New Church next to the ruin of Marienkirche takes us back to the times of destruction and need after the end of the war. Among the debris, people needed consolation and prayed for a better future. Rebuilding Marienkirche and Georgenkirche was (and still is) a distant dream. As a substitute the small Neue Kirche was built next to the ruin of Marienkirche in 1951. Provisories often have a long life...
The parishes needed new churches that were cheap, easy to build and didn't look too much like barracks. In 1948 the architect Otto Bartning, famous for his protestant church architecture since the 1920s, developed a construction kit, a skeleton of prefabricated wooden frames that could be set up in a day or two. The walls were then filled with bricks from the debris, a work the parish people could do by themselves. Windows and doors were again prefabricated.
About 50 of these so-called "Notkirchen" were built all over Germany in the years 1948-1951 (so Wismar is one of the latest). They show the architect's genius even more than his big pre-war buildings. From practically nothing he created rooms of timeless beauty. Wood and bricks make a warm, homely atmosphere.
The altar and the bronze baptismal font are medieval pieces from Marienkirche that have been saved. They were transferred into the new church and are still in use.