The Western Pomerania
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Western Pomerania

Western Pomerania is the part of the former Prussian Province of Pomerania that still belongs to Germany. The word “Pomerania” is derived from the Slavonic “po Morze” which means “by the sea”. And it is the sea which has formed Pomerania the most: the long coastline, a unique coastal inlet (Greifswalder Bodden) and the two largest German islands, Ruegen and Usedom.

The two largest towns on the coast are Stralsund and Greifswald, at one time founding members of the Hanseatic league of towns. The town halls, red-brick churches, town gates and the imposing private town houses all bear witness to the prosperity of the Hanseatic towns in the past. The artistic and creative capabilities of the Hanseatic period are evident in the architecture, which impresses visitors from all over the world to this day.

The countryside is characterised by large, silent heaths, cool forests, fields and meadows. For centuries the people earned their living almost exclusively with farming and, for this reason, both Western Pomerania and Mecklenburg were long called Germany’s breadbasket. Today, almost 40% of the inhabitants still live in the country in this thinly populated – and consequently extremely appealing – region.

Moreover, Western Pomerania produced several famous personalities, for example, two great Romantic artists, David Caspar Friedrich and Philipp Otto Runge, the writers Ernst Moritz Arndt and Hans Fallada but also Carl Wilhelm Scheele, a pioneer of organic chemistry.

If you want to learn more about Western Pomerania and its inhabitants, a visit to the Pomeranian State Museum in Greifswald is not to be missed! Here the chequered history of land and people over a period of 14,000 years is documented.