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  • Market Square in Wismar
    Market Square in Wismar
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  • Serene canalside scene in Wismar
    Serene canalside scene in Wismar
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  • Canal running by the Church of St Nikolai
    Canal running by the Church of St...
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Wismar Things to Do

  • Wismar's gigantic market square

    The Marienkirche tower presides over what some sources claim to be the largest market square in Germany (although frankly I have my doubts about whether this is really true or not). Regardless of its relative size ranking, the square is a vast space so disproportionate to the modestly compact size of the rest of the town that I found it almost...

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  • All that remains of the massive...

    The Marienkirche (Church of Mary) was the tallest of Wismar's three Gothic churches, and so inevitably attracted the attention of the squadron of bombers that was sent to decimate Wismar during mid April 1945 - sadly only three weeks before the end of the war.In 1960, the East German authorities razed the damaged remains of the church - with the...

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  • The quietly contemplative Church of St...

    Of all the Red Brick Gothic churches we visited in this part of the world - and that was a lot - St Nikolai in Wismar was my unquestionable favourite. It sits on the northern fringe of the old town, in a quietly picturesque location adjacent to a small canal and away from the main thoroughfare. It is a place that encourages contemplation and feels...

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  • Wassertor

    I like the way mant old streets end in gates around Europe, here is no different, the gate to the harbour.

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  • Am Markt

    So, the Market place and good to explore, the Wasserkunst and town hall are definately worth a look.

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  • Harbour

    Enjoyed an hour or so wandering around the harbour area, surprisingly plenty of fresh fish on sale, and selling fast!

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  • Swedish Cannons

    In 1648 Wismar became property of Sweden and was turned into one of the largest fortresses around the Baltic Sea. These two remains of the Swedish military are still watching the harbour.

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  • Neue Kirche - a Notkirche by Otto...

    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...

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  • Hanseatic Version of Art Nouveau

    In market square and next to Alter Schwede, this house was built around 1900 when Jugendstil was en vogue. Its stepped gable is an interesting translation of Hanseatic brick gothic architecture into the language of art nouveau.

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Wismar Hotels

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  • Ramada Treff Wismar

    Bellevue 15, 23968 Wismar

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Stadt Hamburg

    AM MARKT 24,23966 WISMAR, 23966 Wismar, Wismar, Ge

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Steigenberger Hotel Stadt Hamburg

    Am Markt 24, , Wismar

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Wismar Restaurants

  • Brewpub

    A brewpub will always grab my attention and this is a particularly good one!Arrived a little after 7pm and very lucky to find the last table, that's a good sign. Firstly tried a couple of the house made beers a light and a dark, prefered the light but both enjoyable. Now the food, a treat here a schnitzel for me and prawn speiss (on sticks) for...

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  • Lunch stop!

    Great place for us to sit outside and watch comings and goings on Am Markt, and a good place for lunch too.Mrs B especially enjoyed a vegetarian plate (for a change!) both meals pretty tasty and reasonably priced - enjoyed.

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  • Microbrewery and restaurant

    The microbrewery recently celebrated its 555th anniversary. Food is good and abundant and the house-brewed beers are worth trying. Pils and the dark brown Mumme are done all year round, in addition to those they do seasonal specialities. To tell the truth, I owe my knowledge of this restaurant to tips here on VT.The interior has a very German pub...

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  • Cosiest cafe garden in town

    Café FürstenhofIf you want a cosy place to rest, have an excellent coffee and home-made cake, or a big ice-cream, here is a little café with a very special ambience and unique atmosphere. In summer you sit in the back garden on the lawn under apple and cherry trees, look at the façade of Georgenkirche behind the trees and have a chat with the...

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  • Hanseatische Brautradition

    This wonderfully huge, typical German Brauhaus, celebrating its 555th anniversary in 2007, was the venue we chose to meet up with a group of friends for dinner. The decor is typical rustic German with wooden floors, tables oak beams and fireplace etc etc and there was a warm friendly greeting from staff. A really good place to go on a cold December...

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  • The wurst is yet to come!

    Once again I search for the Wurst (no pun intended). Here next to the main square is the Cafe Hegede, which serves the wurst... Bratwurst..hmmm and sweetttt mustard...Nice.. Sausage!

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Wismar Transportation

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    by Bigs Written Sep 22, 2002

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    We have been there with Carsten´s VW Passat. There is a huge car park at the old port, but it costs some €uros! From there you can easily walk to the city center!

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Wismar Shopping

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    by Kathrin_E Updated Apr 24, 2012

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    In 1881 a merchant named Rudolph Karstadt opened a store in Wismar, corner Lübsche Straße and Krämerstraße. In the beginning staff consisted of himself and one employee. In his shop customers had to pay cash, which was still unusual in those times.

    His business policy was successful. His store has grown into Karstadt AG, a big nationwide chain of department stores that still bears the founder’s name – in 2009 they were on the edge of bankruptcy, but the business has been saved, although a number of smaller stores were sacrificed. Karstadt is again a well-reputated address for shopping.

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Wismar Local Customs

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    by mauro_pd Written May 20, 2003

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    People in Wismar are reported to think a lot before taking any decisions ... here you can see a typical local blond thinking about how to get out of the car park area ...

    How can I do it ?
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Wismar 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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  • Wear Suitable Shoes

    ... suitable for this.This is what the pavement in many streets of Wismar's old town looks like. Wear comfortable flat shoes, for your ankles' sake. High heels are a no-no. And watch your steps.

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Wismar What to Pack

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    by Bigs Updated Sep 22, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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!!!

    Wash your clothes in the port!

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Wismar Off The Beaten Path

  • Lindengarten

    The grounds of the former Swedish fortification on the eastern side of the old town was planted with linden trees and turned into a park in 1815. The paths along the moat and the pond are a place to rest and have a picnic. There is history here, too. A tower than once belonged to the 15th century fortification is still guarding the entrance to the...

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  • Zeughaus – the Arsenal

    The arsenal is a remarkable example of baroque military architecture. It was built by the Swedes (who possessed Wismar from 1648 to 1803) after the old arsenal had exploded in 1699. Nowadays the building hosts the town library. Location: Ulmenstraße

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  • Old Shop and Company Signs

    Time stood still in Wismar. If you keep your eyes open you can still spot the signs and advertisements of shops and companies that have long ceased to exist. Some may date before the First World War. Photo 1: The store in Spiegelberg produced and sold sails, waterproof clothing, ropes, nautical maps, and about everything else a sailor needed. The...

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  • A walk around the port.....

    I like ports wherever they are. This isn´t as big as theone in Hamburg but it has charme I think. While I have been there the "Becks" ship, the Alexander von Humboldt" has been lying here.......It´s the one from the adverts........ My fondest memory is the nice walk around town on a sunny afternoon.

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