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The Hanseatic city of Greifswald resounds with ancient charm and cultural majesty. The classic and the contemporary combine here, as youthful vigour exudes from the prestigious university and historic houses echo a lively and cheerful past. A close proximity to the Swedish border means Greifswald enjoys a cosmopolitan culture most prominent in its fine cuisine and unique atmosphere. Aimless wanders around this enigmatic city are sure to bring about pleasant surprises, so ensure you set out to explore an inexplicably overlooked destination.
Begin your architectural odyssey in the city’s medieval Market Square, an arresting vision of glorious red brick Gothic architecture and filigreed spires. Here, the glittering river Harbour adds an enriching element to this atmospheric old town with its vibrant atmosphere and outdoor museum. Wander the maritime paths in order to observe ancient ships and antique boats steeped in local legend and historic heritage.
Also residing on the river is the Wiek Draw Bridge, a unique attraction that boasts the title of Europe’s oldest. The rickety rafters can be crossed by foot or on bicycle.
Greifswald is home to one of Germany’s leading art galleries, a place famed for its creative curation of Germany’s cultural richness. The Pomeranian Museum Art Gallery presents a captivating art collection primarily dedicated to revered German artist Caspar Freidrich, who was born in the same inspiring city. Dramatic romanticism is rife within his sultry, scenic landscapes, many of which are inspired by Greifswald’s ancient charm.
Occupying a picturesque position upon the historic harbour, Buettner’s Restaurant is unanimously hailed at Greifswald’s gastronomic pinnacle. Modern and magnificent food encompasses the rich culinary tradition of the area while also embracing dynamic culinary developments. Signature dishes include freshly caught perch and roasted lamb, all of which are presented in a state of picturesque perfection. (Am Hafen 1a | Wieck, 17493 Greifswald, Germany)