The old town of Stralsund is surrounded by water, including the Strelasund, a branch of the Baltic Sea, and several ponds. It would be fair to speak of an “old town island”. Regular events, including the Wallensteintage medieval fair or the Rügen Bridge Run, plus a wide selection of cultural options and a thriving economy characterised by shipbuilding, metal construction and IT, ensure a lively urban landscape.
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The Hanseatic town of Stralsund is a centre of tourism on the Baltic Sea. Sometimes called a “gateway to the island of Rügen”, the city itself has so much to offer as well. Wonderfully renovated townhouses from seven centuries of Hanseatic times characterise the historic urban landscape. Together with the old town of Wismar, Stralsund is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Highlights in the old town
The UNESCO World Heritage Site impresses with its picturesque historic centre. The old town hall with its historic façade is one of the most important examples of profane architecture on the German Baltic Sea coast, illustrating the wealth and power of the city at the time of the Hanseatic League. The historic Brick Gothic buildings and monuments provide an almost perfectly preserved picture of the medieval floor plan. Examples of this architectural style can be found almost everywhere within the city walls. Must-sees include the St. Nicholas Church or the Historic House Museum at Mönchstraße 38. As you wander through the city, many more magnificent buildings are just waiting to be discovered.
See the sea – and more of it
Baltic Sea, North Sea or the Seven Seas – experience the beauty of the underwater world in the spectacular OZEANEUM. Marvel at turtles, sharks, rays and swarms of mackerel in the 21 aquariums. Particularly impressive is the 1:1 Giants of the Seas exhibition. The penguins on the rooftop terrace are sure to delight visitors big and small.
Port of call
Stroll along the city harbour with a view of Rügen Bridge, the Strelasund and the island of Rügen with a fish sandwich in hand. Just be sure to keep an eye out for hungry seagulls. Here you’ll also find the famous Gorch Fock I, today a museum ship. Want to learn to tie the perfect bowline? You can at the knot-tying school. Would you like to hoist the sails? Especially romantic options are a sunset tour or a moonlight sail.
Sweet, sour, savoury and smooth
A day spent out in the fresh sea air will be sure to make you hungry. Then you should try the Original Stralsund Bismarck Herring. You can even take a barrel home with you. If you’ve got an irresistible sweet tooth, then why not treat yourself to a marzipan tasting at Stralsunder Marzipan Manufactur. Or enjoy high tea in the old town. If it’s internationally award-winning beer you want, they brew it down at the local Störtebeker Braumanufaktur.
No man is an island …
… but islands do make great destinations all year round. The Baltic islands of Rügen and Hiddensee, as well as the Fischland-Darß-Zingst peninsula, are always worth a visit. With endlessly long white sandy beaches and clear waters, this is maritime feeling at its best. On foot or by bike, let the sea breeze blow through your soul.Read more
The nearest airport is in Rostock, though it is serviced only by a limited number of domestic flights. It is advisable to fly to Hamburg Airport or Berlin Tegel and continue from there by rental car or train.
Stralsund station is serviced by long distance and regional trains operated by Deutsche Bahn. From the train station, you can easily take a taxi to the hotel. You could also cover the 1.7 kilometres on foot if you wish.
Coming on the A20 (from both directions), take exit 24 “Stralsund” and merge onto the B96 in the direction of Stralsund/Fähre/Sassnitz. Continue on the B96 for 28 kilometres. Then take the exit on the right towards Stralsund/Altstadt/Stralsund-Franken. After 350 metres, turn left onto Greifswalder Chaussee (signs to Altstadt/Frankenvorstadt). Follow the road for 350 meters. At the roundabout, continue straight on Frankendamm. After one kilometre, your destination will be on the right.
- Market Square (1 km)
- Train station (2 km)
- Rostock Airport (116 km)
- Szczecin Airport (240 km)
- Berlin Tegel Airport (293 km)
Lat: 54.309945 | Lon: 13.098068