Stralsund Travel Guide

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    My Stralsund
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    My Stralsund
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  • My Stralsund
    My Stralsund
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Stralsund Things to Do

  • Pfarrkirche St. Nikolai

    The distinctive twin towers of the St Nikolai church are what can be seen over the roofs of the gabled harbour houses. Sitting right next to and slightly behind the impressive Rathaus it forms part of a wonderful collection of buildings around the Alte Markt (now ruined by a car park). It's prominent position as seen from the harbour and Stralsund...

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  • Marina Nordmole

    Walking along the marina pier in winter is a chilling experience, but there are great views to be had back across the water to the city. From the pier you can see the gabled harbour houses, the St. Nikolai church across the rooftops, the marina and the docked boats ,and further along to the east the shipbuilding and fishing industries, like in the...

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  • Frankenteich

    Surrounding the town, and making up a part of its defence, are the freshwater lakes that are separated from the Stralsund strait by two dams. The Frankenteich is split in two by the Weidendamm, with the northern side bear the sea being the prettier of the two. The northern half offers views of the old 19th century school, like in the picture,...

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  • Knieperteich

    Surrounding the town, and making up a part of its defence, are the freshwater lakes that are separated from the Stralsund strait by two dams. The Knieperteich is on the west side of the town, in the shadow of the last remaining fortifications. It is cut in half by the Kuterdam, from which the picture is taken.

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  • Pfarrkirche St. Marien

    Sitting in the drab car park of the Neuer Markt is Stralsund's largest church, the Pfarrkirche St. Marien. It was once, for a hundred years, the tallest building in the world. The construction of this church started in the 14th century, and you can climb the original medieval wooden staircase all the way to the top for some great views of the city...

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  • Appreciate your aquatic element in...

    The Meeresmuseum is the ideal place to retreat from inclement weather - which is how we found ourselves there one rainy afternoon!The museum is rather oddly housed in a 13th century former convent and makes excellent use of the display space - the skeleton of a whale suspended from the roof is guaranteed to impress visitors, particularly little...

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  • Appreciate Stralsund's lovely Gothic...

    The centre of Stralsund has been given UNESCO status on the basis of both its outstanding Red Brick Gothic architecture and Swedish occupation heritage and it's not hard to see why. The city centre bears powerful testament to the might and wealth of the Hanseatic League. However, it appears to be a city that attracts little publicity - at least in...

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  • Deutsches Meeresmuseum

    I'd been looking forward to this, but in the end I found that it didn't quite deserve its 5.50 entry fee, especially when most other museums charge the more standard 3 euros. I even paid the extra 50 cents photography fee, but struggled to find enough worthy of snapping. It's not a bad museum, and has some wonderful live exhibits on the first...

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  • St. Marien Church

    Started to built in 1298 the church was completed in 1416. The 104 m (341 ft) high tower is accessible and offers a superb view over Stralsund. It ranks among the masterpieces of North German Gothic brick construction. The church is nearly 100 m (330 ft) long and over 32 m (105 ft) high and is therefore one of the largest on the Baltic coast.

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  • Johanniskloster

    The monastery is not open during the winter months, but you can still visit the charming houses that are attached to the Franciscan friary, as seen in the picture. Construction started on the Johanniskloster in the 13th century, but fire in the 17th century and finally an American bombardment in the Second World War left the friary in ruins. The...

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  • Rathaus

    Stralsund's Town Hall was started in the 13th century, and its 14th century Gothic facade remains to this day to give it an extremely distinctive look, and make it a beautiful example of Gothic architecture. My guide book describes it as a "masterpiece" and the local tourist blurb advertises it as one of the most beautiful brick Gothic buildings in...

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  • Heilgeistkloster

    The Heilgeistkloster consists of the Hospital Church of St Spiritus, seen in the picture, and the cluster of houses for the ill to the rear of the building. According to the tourist blurb this 13th century church hospital was one of the first hospitals ever to include on site accommodation for its patients. The church, perhaps more so than others...

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  • Jakobikirche

    The youngest of the three main churches, and also the least imposing, the Jakobikirche has a impressive history nonetheless. Originally started in 1303 this brick church was pummeled by projectiles during the Wallenstein siege in 1628, the gothic tower was burned down in 1662 after a lightning strike, in 1678 and 1715 it was smashed by cannon fire,...

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  • Seebuehne

    On the Seebuehne on the marina, in amongst the old men hopefully fishing off the wooden slats, you can find the "Traditionschiff". It's an old Russian sailing boat, but isn't all that impressive looking. You can pay €3 euros to go on board, but I didn't bother. It might be interesting if you have a fascination for sailing boats.

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  • Kniepertor

    Right next to the impressive building of the town's main theater is the second of the remaining gates for the city, the Kniepertor. The gate isn't quite as outstanding as the Kuetertor, but worth seeing for its location next to the theater, and to get a feel of what the city must have been like in its days as an impregnable Baltic fortress.

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Stralsund Hotels

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  • Hotel Zur Post

    The hotel was very comfortable and very modern. My only complaint might be that the reception staff...

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  • Hotel Kontorhaus

    Am Querkanal 1, Stralsund, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, 18439, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hiddenseer Hotel

    HafenstraÃ?e 12, Stralsund, 18439, de

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

Stralsund Restaurants

  • Busy Cafe on the Neuer Markt

    Offering a wide choice of Germanicized Italian fare, the Brasserie Grand Cafe is fast and cheerful, but I found the pasta a little on the heavy side. This isn't uncommon with German Italian restaurants and cafes so I won't mark it down too much, as the service was fast and friendly, the food tasty, and the price not all that expensive. The location...

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  • Coffee on the Neuer Markt

    The Sugarpot seemed fairly popular with savvy locals, and had a pleasant view of the St Marien church. It specialised in coffees and cake, and I enjoyed a Latte Macchiato there while I re-energised myself after a not particularly restful night train from Nuremburg. The service was friendly, but the coffee was only average.

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  • Quality Hotel Restaurant

    The adjoining restaurant to the hotel is open to everyone, not just patrons, and it is fortunate for those staying elsewhere that this is so. The food was some of the best I've eaten, a restaurant with a quality that made me feel inferior to the food I was eating. The service was friendly, and helpful, without being obsequious, and the dessert of...

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Stralsund Transportation

  • By train to the island of Ruegen

    You can jump on a train to various destinations on the island, including Sassnitz and the Baltic resort of Binz. It costs just over €18 and you can get the ticket from the automatic machines in the station, which are available in English and accept all manner of coins, notes and cards. A couple of tips: Firstly on the way to the island grab a...

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  • Train

    Stralsund is on the main line to Binz on the island of Ruegen, which passes through Rostock on its way through. It's a very long way away from pretty much anywhere, but thankfully you can get a sleeper train from cities like Munich and Cologne. It takes 3 hours to reach the town by direct regional train from Berlin, and costs about €30.You can find...

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  • DO NOT GO THERE BY CAR !!!!

    The town has a big traffic problem. Everyone who wants to go to Rügen has to drive through Stralsund. Quite often you have to wait two hours in traffic jam before entering the town.However, in town you find numerous parking lots.

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Stralsund Shopping

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    by antistar Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Stralsunder Pils is delicious, one of the best beers I've drunk in Germany. It has a spicy and addictive taste, that lacks the usual bitterness of many Pils. Another local beer is Lübzer Pils from the Mecklenburger brewery in Lübz, which I didn't like as much, but, as is usual with German beers, still a good quality beer.

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Stralsund 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...

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  • Weather

    If you are visiting Stralsund in the winter remember that it gets bloody cold up in the north east of the country, especially on the windswept Baltic coast. Stralsund is a little protected by the island of Ruegen, but it still gets very windy, and the air coming in off the Baltic sea is extremely cold. When I visited I was lucky, and the wind was...

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  • Riffraff

    For the most part Stralsund is a pleasant and relaxing town, and I'd have difficulty in seeing that there would be trouble anywhere. That said the area just outside the train station had a few drunks and shifty characters hanging about, and I didn't feel 100% safe there at night, but that was about it. With such high unemployment in the east of the...

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Stralsund Tourist Traps

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    by mauro_pd Written May 1, 2003

    As a tourist I'm sure you'll fall into this !
    The name is STRALSUND, but I was almost always pronuncing STRASLUND ... so check it and if you're free from this error please report it to me ! I guess I'll see the doctor !!!!

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Stralsund Off The Beaten Path

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    by antistar Updated Oct 2, 2013

    Right across the straits of Stralsund is Germany's largest island, Ruegen. This premier tourist destination can be easily reached from Stralsund, which makes a perfect entry point to the region, or even a base for visiting the entire island (the island's capital Bergen is ugly). The Baltic Sea resort of Binz can be reached by regular trains that take only an hour to reach it, or you can drive across the bridge and make your way about the wonderfully remote countryside and beaches on offer.

    Binz, Ruegen

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Stralsund Favorites

  • Town Squares

    This isn't my favourite thing about the town at all, in fact I found that the town government had ruined every single one of them. The Neuer Markt by St Marien's church had been turned into a car park blighted by a wooden rotunda public toilet, as had the Alter Markt in the shadow of the elegant Rathaus. By far the worst blighted was the square on...

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  • Buildings in Decay

    The town was littered with old buildings that are obviously hangovers from another era, untouched because of socialist stagnation during the GDR years. For me they gave the town a quaintly run-down look that was endearing - giving a sense of the old Eastern Europe without the horrible urban tower blocks like Berlin. It's something you don't see in...

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