Greifswald Things to Do

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    Observatory

    by egonwegh Updated Feb 6, 2015

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    Astronomical observatory on the university grounds. My employer, the university library in our hometown Nijmegen, used to have an exchange program with Greifswald University, whereby they had agreed to exchange doctoral theses. But that is no longer so, I believe, in this digital day and age.

    Greifswald, astronomical observatory building

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    A lovely place to wander aimlessly around

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Aug 27, 2012

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    Greifswald is so beautiful that it must be a delight to wander around: unfortunately the weather was gusty with intermittent showers when we visited, so we couldn't explore as we would have liked.

    The obvious focus of attraction is the Old Town and Market Square, with the requisite beautiful Red Brick Gothic architecture of a proud Hanseatic city. However, what sets it apart from the rest of its neighbours is its lovely river harbour, which is now a museum. The harbour boasts over 50 ships at anchor which used to ply their trade along the Baltic coast, and must be quite a site during the Gaffelrigg regatta that takes place on the third weekend of July each year. The town retains the atmosphere of a working port rather than a museum exhibit, and strolling along the Ryck River must be lovely in good weather.

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    Visit the Art Gallery of the Pomeranian Museum

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Aug 27, 2012

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    The Art Gallery of the Pomeranian Museum is an excellent collection, and is an excellent illustration of Germany's cultural richness. It is hard to believe that a little town like Greifswald would host a significant art collection, and the fact that a large portion of it is devoted to the town's favourite son adds yet another charming dimension.

    Caspar David Friedrich was working in the first half of the 19th century, and was part of the Romantic movement: although he was born in Greifswald, he spent the second half of his life in Dresden and is buried there. He is best known for his landscapes and exceptional use of light which is very much in keeping with the sentimentality of the time. People don't figure much in his work, except as dark, simple figures whose purpose is little more than to enhance the landscape being depicted, but it is interesting that Friedrich often seems to include himself in his work.

    I would imagine that you either love or loathe Friedrich's work. I love the wildly over-the-top romantic themes (lots of picturesque old ruins) and the way that much of his inspiration is drawn from places he knew (often as a pastiche of different landscapes), but I can understand how people could have an equally powerful opposite reaction.

    For more on Caspar David Friedrich and his links to Greifswald, follow this link

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    Reserve some time for a drink

    by egonwegh Updated Oct 12, 2011

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    When visiting Greifswald, be sure to reserve some time for a drink on the central square next to the town hall (Rathaus). As we were approaching lunch time, we enjoyed a quick bite of toasted bread, with tea and a large glass of Franziskaner Weissbier (23 June 2011).

    Greifswald, Weissbier on Rathaus square
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    Wieck Draw Bridge

    by Sileas Written Jul 15, 2006

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    This bridge is one of the oldest drawbridges in Europe. It crosses our little river Ryck just before it flows into the Baltic sea. It is possible to cross the bridge on foot or bike but it is closed for cars unless you are a local...

    Also well worth seeing at night as it is then lighted quite beautifully.

    The bridge
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    St. Marien

    by Sileas Updated Jul 14, 2006

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    The third big church that dominates Greifswalds skyline is the sturdy Marienkirche, also known as the "Dicke Marie" (meaning fat Mary). With walls as big as castle walls and a short tower just above the roof, this romanic church is the most castle like of the three big churches. There are 15th century paintings still inside, some old memorial altars and stones, a beautiful church organ and a nice garden around.

    Fat Mary
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    The Fishmarket

    by Sileas Written Jul 2, 2006

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    Smaller than the old market square and a bit hidden between the town hall and a row of street caf├ęs is Greifswald other market - the old fishmarket. A fountain in it's midth commemorates the fishers of the town and is ver popular with small children in the summer. Many cosy restaurants are offering food and ice cream around and on some days there is the organic market where you can buy locally produced organic fruit, meat and vegetables.

    the Fishmarket
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    Rubenow Memorial

    by Sileas Written Jul 2, 2006

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    This memorial comemmorates the 15th century mayor of Greifswald that was also the founder of the University. The square around the memorial has just been newly remade and has now a nice lawn, a fountain, some benches and beautiful old trees that give shadow in the summer.

    Nice to relax for a while during lessons at uni or shopping...

    Shadowed by some trees
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    St. Jacobi

    by Sileas Updated Jun 26, 2006

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    Dating from the 2nd half of the 13th century, St. Jacobi (St. James) is the place for many exhibitions and concerts in Greifswald. Its think brick walls are mainly in it's original condition with just few things altered.

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    Tierpark

    by Sileas Updated Jun 26, 2006

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    The Greifswald Tierpark is, as the name suggests, a small zoo with some exotic, but mostly more or less native animals. There won`t be any really rare animals, so if you are looking for a better Zoo you should try Berlin or Hamburg, but it is a nice two hours out.
    Star of the zoo is Hirsch Heinrich, a big stag, that everyone around here should know...

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    Kloster Eldena

    by Sileas Updated Jun 26, 2006

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    The former monastery of Eldena is the birthplace of Greifswald. It was founded in the 12th century by Danish monks. Later it belonged to the university and today it is ruined but still the site of open-air concerts and theatre plays in summer. The site of the museum is free to visit unless there are concerts and it is a beautiful place, close to the sea, surrounded by big old trees, worth a little tour.

    Kloster Eldena has been immortalized by the pictures of romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, who was not only Germany`s most famous romantic painter but also born in Greifswald. Some of his pictures can be seen in the Pommersches Landesmuseum.

    Kloster Eldena
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    Pommersches Landesmuseum

    by Sileas Updated Jun 26, 2006

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    Housed in a newly refurbished building by J.G. Quistorp built from 1793-1795, the Pommersches Landesmuseum was finally fully opened to the public in 2005. It now houses an art gallery with paintings from the 18th century until the 20th century, among them some by famous painters such as Max Liebermann or local hero Caspar David Friedrich.

    The gallery is also playground for the university's art and art history students, which means there is always some sort of exhibition...

    The second part of the museum consists of the historical collection, telling the story of both the town and the whole area from the beginning on. It also houses some of the unversity's treasures that had not been showed in a permanent exhibition before, such as the Croy-tapestry and a Gutenberg-Bible.

    The newly renovated main entrance
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    Market Square

    by Sileas Updated Jun 26, 2006

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    The big market square is the historic centre of Greifswald with the most expensive shops, restaurants, the most beautiful old houses and the town hall (in bright red!)

    There are still markets held almost every day. You can buy fresh fish as well as fruit and veg, pet's accessoires and kitchen utensils. Nothing special but has a nice atmosphere to it. You might even catch an open air concert, ballet or the christmas market... The market square also hosts the tourist Information.

    The town hall, old pharmacy and market square
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    Museumshafen

    by Sileas Updated Jun 26, 2006

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    Just off the town centre and marked by a lot of newly errected signs is the Museumshafen (Museum harbour).
    It streches along the river Ryck which flows into the Baltic sea some 5km away. The harbour is in fact smaller, than one might expect but shows a lot of beautiful old ships as well as an old shipyard still used today to repair the old ships.

    It also is the starting point for guided boat tours around the Greifswalder Bodden, the part of the Baltic Sea just off Greifswald.

    some boats in the harbour
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    Wieck

    by Sileas Updated Jun 18, 2006

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    Wieck is an old fishing village situated at the Baltic Sea coast at the "mouth" of the river Ryck (which is a very small river indeed...) in the Greifswalder Bodden. It is full of tiny old brick or white houses roofed with straw and nice little gardens.

    This is also the location of the good restaurants of Greifswald, specializing mainly on fresh fish, which is still caught in the area. There is also a viewtower where you can get a nice view over the village.

    The yacht harbour is rather busy in summer and there is a statue path along the riverside so there is something to look at during the walk.

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