Wismar. Attractions, monuments and practical information


Wismar lies on the Baltic Sea coast in the western part of the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Hanseatic city, whose historical center is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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1 [dead link] Tourist Office , Lübsche Straße 23 a . ✉ ☎ +49 3841 19433. Every day from April to September 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from October to March 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The easiest thing to do is to take a tourist map of Wismar there, which shows all the main attractions, and walk around the city with it. The office is located in one of the former merchant houses and is a monument of architecture. may 2017

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1 Free parking near the center . Parking in the historic center of Wismar is not free. There is a large parking lot at the entrance, for some reason with paid and free portions, with the free spaces likely to be occupied and the paid ones charging you 50 cents for half an hour. Use the free parking near the bridge – from the L12 at the entrance to the center, turn left toward the gas station, then follow the parking sign. may 2017

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Market Square [ edit ]

1 ☆ Market Square ( Am Markt, Marktplatz ). It is the most complete surviving architectural ensemble of Wismar and one of the best market squares in Northern Germany. This is also one of the largest square, 10 thousand square kilometers. To the east it is bounded by the neoclassical town hall building, and on all other sides by the facades, mostly Renaissance, of the merchants’ houses and city institutions. The square is entirely paved with cobblestones. Keep in mind that on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday mornings (until 1 p.m.) a real market unfolds here, which is good in that you can buy something there, and bad in that it obscures the panoramic views. may 2017

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2 Water Pavilion ( Wasserkunst ). In the center of the square is a 12-sided pavilion in the Dutch Renaissance style. It was built in 1602 according to drawings by Philippe Brandin and until 1897 served as a distribution point from which water was supplied to most of the surrounding buildings. may 2016

3 Rathaus. An early 19th century classicist building. May 2020

4 House “Old Swede” ( Alter Schwede ). The oldest burgher house in Wismar. Made in Gothic style and dates back to 1380. May 2020

Temple architecture [ edit ]

5 Church of the Virgin Mary (Marienkirche). The tall 80-meter-high bell tower, which is only part of the former church, is located near the market square. It is not to be missed in the old town, the tower is the dominant feature of the city and can be seen from afar. Nearby are the ruins of one of the most massive brick churches in northern Germany, along with the church of the same name in Lübeck, which served as a model for the architect. The first church was built on this site in the 13th century, and was already doubled in size in the 14th century. Originally the tower was topped with a spire, but after one of the hurricanes it acquired its present form. During World War II, the church was badly damaged by bombing, and in the 1960s, the remains of the church were finally dismantled, and only the tower remained. The lower crowns of the walls mark the outlines of the original church today. At 12:00, 17:00 and 19:00 there is a chime. In the lower part of the bell tower there is a small movie theater that shows a 10-minute movie every 20 minutes. The tower can be climbed daily at noon as part of a tour, but the group is by appointment and is limited to 15 participants. May 2017

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6 St. Nicholas Church ( Nikolaikirche ). The church of sailors and fishermen was erected between the 13th and 15th centuries. Its central nave is 37 m high (the fourth highest in Germany).The façade is decorated with glazed friezes with images of saints and mythical animals. The interior of the temple is decorated with many frescoes, the main altar is in the Rococo style. There is also a 15th-century altarpiece from the Church of St. George.

7 Church of St. George (Georgenkirche). Gothic church of craftsmen and tradesmen at the end of the 13th century. Severely damaged during World War II, but was not completely destroyed. In 1990 the gable of the northern transept collapsed in a hurricane. The restoration of the temple was completed in 2010. There is an observation deck on the tower. Admission is free from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. May 2020

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8 Fürstenhof Palace ( Fürstenhof ). The residence of the Dukes of Wismar was built in 1580-1602. Interesting are the relief friezes on the walls.

9 Schabbelhaus. The brick house, built in 1569-1571, by Philip Brandin, is reminiscent of Dutch houses. It houses the City Museum.

10 House of the Archdeacon (Archidiakonat). The fifteenth century brick house is in the style of the North German Gothic.

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1 Café Hegede , Am Markt 5 . One of several cafes on the main square of the city. Coffee with pastries, sandwiches, omelet, all relatively inexpensive. In good weather you can sit outside. May 2017

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