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Sharing the UNESCO designation with Wismar for its Hanseatic buildings, harbor and heritage, Stralsund is a delightful Baltic port with entire sections of its old town walls still standing. The historical museum is housed in the former medieval convent of St. Catherine and filled with artifacts and nicely presented displays covering the coast’s history from prehistoric peoples to the present. It provides an excellent background for visiting the entire region, covering everything from prehistoric finds to period room and shop interiors. Although this museum covers the region’s shipping history very well, there is also a maritime museum, and ...

Sharing the UNESCO designation with Wismar for its Hanseatic buildings, harbor and heritage, Stralsund is a delightful Baltic port with entire sections of its old town walls still standing. The historical museum is housed in the former medieval convent of St. Catherine and filled with artifacts and nicely presented displays covering the coast’s history from prehistoric peoples to the present. It provides an excellent background for visiting the entire region, covering everything from prehistoric finds to period room and shop interiors. Although this museum covers the region’s shipping history very well, there is also a maritime museum, and at the harbor the stunning new Ozeaneum is an oceanarium that is designed for visitors of all ages. The Old Warehouse Museum houses wood-turners' and blacksmith shops, along with a charming collection of toys. The compact old town is fun to stroll around, and its streets are lined by shops and boutiques that feature local arts and products. In the main square, next to the impressive Rathaus (city hall) is the soaring church of St. Nicholas, and across the wide market square is a splendid example of a Hansa merchant’s house, now Wulflamstuben, a traditional restaurant. This is a good base for enjoying the nearby beaches and natural areas, but with the dining, shopping and cultural attractions of a small city.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Stralsund is located in northeast Germany in the region of Western Pomerania in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It is situated on the southern coast of the Strelasund, a sound of the Baltic Sea separating the island of Rügen from the mainland.
  • Language: German
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring, summer and fall have the best weather.