Greifswald Travel Guide

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Greifswald Things to Do

  • Observatory

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

  • A lovely place to wander aimlessly...

    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....

  • Visit the Art Gallery of the Pomeranian...

    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...

  • Reserve some time for a drink

    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).

  • See the Rubenow-Denkmal

    Rubenow-Denkmal, a landmark in the town of Greifswald, erected in memory of the former mayor and co-founder of the University of Greifswald, Heinrich Rubenow (ca. 1400-1462).

  • Nikolaikirche

    Provided you pay for a special permit (Fotoerlaubniss) you'll have some great photo opportunities inside the Nikolaikirche.

  • Wieck Draw Bridge

    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.

  • St. Marien

    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...

  • The Fishmarket

    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...

  • Rubenow Memorial

    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...

  • St. Jacobi

    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.

  • Tierpark

    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...


Greifswald Hotels

  • Hotel Galerie

    Muehlenstrasse 10, Greifswald, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, 17489, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel & Restaurant Utkiek

    Am Hafen 19, Greifswald, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, 17493, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Mercure Greifswald Am Gorzberg

    Am Gorzberg, Greifswald 17489

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Greifswald Restaurants

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    by Sileas Written Apr 17, 2004

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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...

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Greifswald Transportation

  • Utterly Trabitastic!

    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...

  • Almost as in Amsterdam!

    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!

  • Feet - newly discovered!!!

    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...


Greifswald Shopping

  • Lange Straße

    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...

  • Well, every town needs a mall...

    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...

  • Shopping?

    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! ;-)


Greifswald Warnings and Dangers

  • Guidance on photography in churches:...

    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...

  • Keep it locked!

    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...

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    by Leipzig Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: 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.

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Greifswald Off The Beaten Path

  • Town Library

    Town Library named after Hans Fallada (Greifswald 1893 - Berlin 1947). Located on Knopfstrasse. Why not hop in and see how they run a library in this part of the world?

  • Mural

    We found this mural in a street in Greifswald. Probably depicts various events in the town's history.

  • A touch of old splendour

    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....


Greifswald Sports & Outdoors

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    by Sileas Written Jun 26, 2006

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    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

    The Beach at Eldena
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Greifswald Favorites

  • The University

    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.

  • Tourist information

    The tourist office is located in the town hall building directly at the market square. Believe me, you will find it :)

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