When your history is as long as Demmin’s you’re bound to have some rough edges. However, don’t let any of that detract from your visit; more so its part of your visit.
Demmin is home to some somber 20th century history; which Demmin has not forgotten. Visitors will find many memorial stones throughout town dedicated to the victims of the National Socialist and the invading Soviet troops. There is even a Soviet cemetery where POW’s and casualties of forced-labor camps.
Really though, Demmin’s history spans back much further than only the 20th century. Nowhere is this more evident than at the Luisentor, one of the original medieval gates along the city’s defense wall; built in the 15th century. Another tower, the Pulverturm (Powder Tower), was added almost a hundred years later in 1546.
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As dramatic as the Luisentor is, it’s St. Bartholomaei Church that stands as Demmin’s landmark. Its 95 meter Gothic tower (over 250 feet) is a refined beauty overlooking the town below. The church with its stained glass makes the perfect stage for the classical music concerts held here.
If you’ve come for a castle, hopefully a ruin of one will suffice. Demmin’s castle was a 12th century dwelling and has laid in ruins for centuries; reclaimed by the land.
When you have your fill of the city, get away from it all with a visit to Drosedow Forest. It’s peaceful here and as it’s a nature protected area, you’ll find it to be quite untouched by civilization.
Another place to find peace and reflection is at the Marienhain, a park with an old grave chapel and was once an old cemetery.
Demmin does like to let its hair down every now and then. There is the annual May Day (May 1st) festival and the annual Port Celebration. A town this close to the water is bound to enjoy all things nautical — not to mention all the food and beer.
Come to think of it, after getting to know Demmin you’ll be asking yourself, what rough edges? This place is exceptional!