Wismar lies by the island of Poel in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern).
It might interest you to know that this town was part of Sweden during the 17th century. This has left an indelible imprint on the architecture of the period in this little German town. Swedish gable houses will come as a pleasant surprise, especially in the historical old quarters.
As in all these medieval towns, be prepared for a feast of architectural wonders in Wismar, none more so elegant as those seen in the churches and monasteries.
The best of religious architecture is to be witnessed in the St. Nikolai Cathedral said to be the largest of its kind in Europe. The St. Georgen though suffering the impact of World War II, still retains its impressive grandeur as it awaits reconstruction. All that’s left of the St. Mary’s Church is an impressive 80 m tower.
The Old Town (Altstadt) of Wismar is certainly where you get to see the best of what’s on offer. The Market Square (see photo on the right) will enchant you with its charming sense of history there for all to see in the neo classical Town Hall, the Wasserkunst, and the Old Swede restaurant (Alter Schwede).
A stroll along the Altstadt will not disappoint. The winding cobblestone paths take you to more pleasant pastoral sights.
Wismar, being a port city, you would do well to take in the port area and the seafront. Here’s where the old world charm of a medieval port town will weave its magic on you. A fish market that refuses to leave the pages of history will enchant you with its authentic ambience. The old buildings that line the area add to this charm to no small degree.
While at the port area, do visit the Wassertor or water gate.
And while you are here in this town, you have to spend at least one day at the beach. Yeah no kidding, Germany does have beaches! Wismar Bay, Wohlenberger Wiek, and the island of Poel are all great ideas for a day at the beach. The tranquil waters and the sandy beaches show you the perfect way to relax.