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....more
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...more
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).more
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.more
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...more
Smaller than the old market square and a bit hidden between the town hall and a row of street cafés 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...more
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...more
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...more
Am Gorzberg, Greifswald 17489
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Muehlenstrasse 10, Greifswald, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, 17489, Germany
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Am Hafen 19, Greifswald, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, 17493, Germany
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This is one of Greifswald's cheapest Restaurants - situated centrally at the Lange Straße. Every dish of Pasta or Pizza is 4 Euros, student friendly...
The Restaurant has been newly refurbished and is quite nice to sit in as well.
Favorite Dish: Well, Pasta or Pizza, obviously...
This is a sight to move all Ostalgics to tears: a Trabant in working order!For the uninitiated, the Trabant is an iconic car - for all the wrong reasons! It is best summed up in the following harsh comments that TIME magazine had to offer on the Trabi ..."This is the car that gave Communism a bad name. Powered by a two-stroke pollution generator...more
Greifswald being a student town, many people use bikes to get around. A big number of bikes in front of a building usually indicates that it is a University building ;o) The Lange Strasse (High Street) is pedestianized and only free to bikes after 6pm. Otherwise you have to watch out not to be knocked over by some student on a bike!more
Greifswald town centre is not really big - you can reach everything within the centre on foot, even if you don't have a lot of time. The main street is pedestrianized and a lot of the streets are one way or cobblestone which makes driving by car very annoying. In addition parking space is rare as in many old towns, so it safes a lot of hassle to...more
This is the main shopping street accommodating quite a number of shops selling basic stuff like food, clothing, shoes, mobile phones, souvenirs etc. It is a pedestrianized zone so just strolling along is nice if the weather allows it. Nothing special but good for everyday shopping... You should not go there a saturday afternoon, though - most shops...more
This is not a shop, but a shopping centre, located on the outskirts of the town. There are all kinds of shops here - from multimedia store Media Markt to shoe shops, DIY and gigantic supermarket Real. Nothing here is special or unique, just as you would expect from another out-in-the-fields-shopping centre but its quite handy if you just need...more
Well, I visited Greifswald on a Saturday. Streets in the centre were empty. No store, no pub, no restaurant, not even the tourist information were opened. First I thought Greifswald is a ghost town. Then I found some open restaurants close to the market square. If you find a open store buy what you get! ;-)more
Visiting churches is one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Europe, and provides a fascinating insight into the most powerful influencethat has shaped European cultures of the past couple of millenia.Unlike some other religions - where access to places of worship may be restricted to members of that religious group or a specific gender - the...more
Only to warn you: bikes are something like common property in Greifswald. On average everyone buys a new bike every year! So if you arrive on bike, keep it locked at all times, even if it's not new and shiny anymore! This applies to saddles etc. too, otherwise they just get stolen...more
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Rainy season: There is no special rainy season
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 7 – 17°C ( 45 - 63°F ); min: 1 - 8°C ( 34 - 47°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 20 – 22°C ( 68 - 71°F ); min: 11 - 14°C ( 51 - 57°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 6 – 18°C ( 43 - 64°F); min: 2 - 11°C ( 36 – 51°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 3 – 5°C ( 38 - 41°F); min: 0 - 1°C ( 32 - 34°F )
Watertemperature: in winter around 2°C ( 36°F ), in summer around 18°C ( 64°F) in average.
When you walk along the small cobblestone streets of the towns centre you will find a lot of great old houses, some already restored, some still waiting to be. Most of them are really old - the oldest are late mediaeval - and have survived not only the 30 year war, WWI and WWII but also changing rulers - Swedish, Danish, Prussian and socialist....more
The Baltic Sea coast has some of the worlds best beaches - all complete with a lot of sunshine, white sand and a reasonably warm and not too salty sea.
The local beach is in Eldena, about 5 km from the centre, either along a pretty foot and cicle path or by bus. Be aware of barbecuing students over the summer...
Equipment: swimming gear, barbecue
A large part of the University is still in the city centre. Our mail building has just been refurbished and is now all new and shiny in white and gold. The old campus looks good as well, and houses celebrations, concerts and readings students alike. Worth a little tour while you are there.more