Thanks to its nearly unchanged medieval town structure and well-preserved harbour basin, Wismar was jointly inscribed with Stralsund on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2002. Several monumental examples of religious architecture complete the historic ensemble. Wismar also offers many traces of the Hanseatic League with its unique history.
The exact location
The Hanseatic city of Wismar is located on the Baltic Sea, directly on the Bay of Wismar. Shipbuilding, wood processing, photovoltaic technology and tourism are the main industries in this lively city today. Thanks to its seaport, an increasing number of cruise ships are anchored here. Wismar also was home to the legendary and notorious pirate Klaus Störtebeker.
In Lübsche Straße 8 you can find a typical Christmas treat, which is not quite so at home in the far north. A small shop offers original Nuremberg gingerbread specialities. For over 90 years now, Lebkuchen-Schmidt has been baking original Nuremberg gingerbread with high-quality ingredients. Every year, specially designed cans and chests with fine contents delight connoisseurs and collectors all over the world. A perfect Christmas present!
A stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage site
With its red brick churches and impressive market square lined with restored townhouses, Wismar has one of the best-preserved medieval city centres in Germany. Before exploring the World Heritage city on your own, visit the free exhibition at World Heritage House, complete with artefacts and stories about the city.
Around the market square
The one-hectare market square is home to many elegant buildings with historic façades, including your hotel. Also of note is the famous Alter Schwede, one of the oldest townhouses in Wismar, with an imposing Brick Gothic façade. The beautiful waterworks fountain in the centre of the square is a symbol of the city. It once supplied 220 houses and 16 wells with spring water.
A walk through the old harbour
The old port of Wismar was an important trading centre in the Baltic Sea area during the Hanseatic period. Today it is more of an open-air museum, as the industrial port has settled elsewhere. On a stroll past the historical and modern buildings, the Hanseatic flair will seem to come alive. Or put to sea aboard the Wissemara, a replica of a medieval cog.
The street is called what!?
The hotel is located directly on the historic “Tittentasterstraße”. The street, which no longer exists today, was so narrow that people would inevitably come into contact with each other in passing. This gave rise to its unofficial name: “Tit-Touching Street”. So don’t be surprised when you see people stop to laugh by the side entrance of the hotel every now and again.
See the sea
Want to go island hopping? Then book a passage to the island of Poel. Here you will find the finest sandy beaches, small fishing villages and impressive nature. From May to September a passenger ferry shuttles between Wismar and the island’s main town of Kirchdorf. Traveling time: one hour. The island can also be reached year-round by taking bus line 430.
If you’re in a learning mood
Numerous experiments and interactive exhibits await at the PhanTECHNIKUM technical museum, giving visitors a chance to learn something new. And because knowledge makes you hungry, your museum visit is best followed by a delicious piece of cake at Café Glücklich.
Wismar is serviced by regional express trains from Cottbus via Berlin once every two hours. There are also connections via Rostock and Schwerin.
The nearest airport with domestic we well as international flights is at Hamburg. From there it is advisable to continue by train via Schwerin to Wismar. Travellers coming from Munich can also fly to Rostock Airport.
Coming from Hamburg take the A20 to exit 8 “Wismar Mitte”, then turn left onto the B208. Follow the road for 3.8 km, then turn right on Dr.-Leber-Straße. After 120 m turn left into Mecklenburger Straße. Follow the road for 450 m, then continue straight on Am Markt. Your destination will be on the right.
Coming from the south take the A14 to the end of the motorway, then turn right onto the B105. After 350 m turn right again. After 1.1 km pass through the roundabout and continue for another 3.2 km. Turn right into Mecklenburger Straße, follow the road for 450 m, then continue straight on Am Markt. Your destination will be on the right.
- Main train and bus station (600 m)
- Autobahn (A20) 6 km
- Hamburg Airport (126 km)
- Rostock Airport (76 km)
- Market square, directly in front
Lat: 53.891711 | Lon: 11.466965