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Wismar, Germany

A small, yet charming port upon the shoreline of the Baltic Sea, Wismar is an historical and picturesque town with a wealth of potential for new and experienced cruisers alike. Wismar’s Old Town centre can trace its roots back to the middle ages, with historical markets- some of the largest in the whole of Germany- complimenting grand plazas framed by ornate halls and townhouses. . Its cobbled streets, gothic churches and aged brickwork offer a spectacular blend of classical European architecture and Neo-Gothic styles that bless the town with an ethereal quality which lingers throughout the seasons, and in the imaginations of its visitors.

Sightseeing in Wismar

Marktplatz Wismar

This is the largest marketplace in Northern Germany, which sits within a perfectly preserved acre of the historic old town. A postcard perfect market square, the Marktplatz is very much the centre of the city of Wismar. In the past, executions, knight tournaments, festivals and cattle markets have all taken place there, but it now serves as a hotspot for showcasing some of Wismar’s greatest architecture in a small space, featuring neo-roman, art deco, and gothic buildings within its gorgeous expanse.

Rathaus Historical Exhibition

Once the centre of the town’s commerce, government and tourism, the spectacular building of the Rathaus is an iconic part of Wismar’s history. Situated at the northern end of the central square, the town hall was built between 1817 and 1919, and its ornate gabled façade is now home to the Rathaus Historical Exhibition. Displays to look out for include an awe-inspiring 15th century Wandmalerei, or mural, discovered by archaeologists in 1985, and The Wrangel Tomb, the coffin of an influential Swedish General, Helmut V Wrangel, which is topped by spectacular handmade wooden figures. Make sure to visit the dazzling sight of a glass covered, authentic medieval well for a fascinating glimpse at an architectural marvel.

Wasserkunst (Water Art)

The Wismar water art was built between 1579 and 1602. This rustic building is the centrepiece of the historic market square, which is framed by bright white building fronts and a cobble ring road. Designed by Utrecht architect Philip Brandin, the monument is styled in the manner of the Dutch Renaissance, with buttresses made of copper and a hexagonal lantern adorning the top.   Many days of the week, quaint horse-driven carriages carrying locals will idle past the Wasserkunst and tour the square’s cosy cafes, grand promenades and Romanesque pillars. The Wasserkunst has served the township a provider of water for centuries. Between 1966 and 1976, the building was been restored by historic institutes, with master plumbers, specialist masons, and an experienced blacksmith adding to the beauty of its appearance.

Shopping in Wismar

As well as local patisseries, confectionery stores, and fruit stalls arrayed all across the historic markets, you can find elegant jewellery from Schutz & Kruse, such as necklaces, gold chains, and luxury watches, as well as rare books and new releases from the Weiland Bookstore. A sleek white house, which resembles a small castle, with an antique staircase leading to wealth of books for

Eating Out in Wismar

For a chic atmosphere, make a dinner reservation at Zum Weinberg. Based in the sumptuous interior of a lovely Renaissance house which features stained-glass windows, authentic stone floors, and wooden beams, the restaurant serves speciality local fruit dishes such as Rippenbratten, as well as classic German staples like delicious curried sausage. For a more cosy meal out, the excellent fish dishes at To’n Zagenkrog, alongside its fantastic harbour view should satisfy foodies everywhere. 

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