North side of the market place

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The Hanseatic Town of Greifswald

The distinctive skyline with the three steeples of the medieval churches of St. Nikolai, St. Marien and St. Jakobi beckon from afar:
Welcome to the university and Hanseatic town of Greifswald!

Shortly after entering the town, visitors reach the historic old town. Here the most striking buildings are the three red-brick Gothic churches and the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University. Founded in 1456, the university is one of the oldest in Europe and currently attended by about 12,000 students. The excellent reputation of the cultural and night life in Greifswald can be ascribed to the high percentage of students in relation to the population of approx. 54,000.

The origins of the town date back to the foundation of the Cistercian monastry Eldena in the 12th century. The artist Caspar David Friedrich, admired throughout the world as one of the major representatives of Romanticism, was born in Greifswald. His painting of the ruins of the Eldena Monastry has made them a picturesque tourist attraction today. A short distance to the north lies the fishing village of Wieck which has a wooden bascule bridge built in the Dutch style. This can be easily reached by walking along the banks of the River Ryck.  

Thanks to its geographical location between the two Baltic Sea islands Ruegen and Usedom, the Hanseatic town of Greifswald, situated as it is, on the shores of the Greifswalder Bodden is, on the one hand, an ideal point of departure for a variety of interesting day trips and, on the other hand, a popular fishing and sailing region. Learn how to sail in calm waters at one of the many sailing schools.