We don’t hear too much from the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania region of Germany. Too bad because places like Wolgast (all six hamlets of her) go quite unnoticed.
Let me be the first ones to fill you in. ;-)
Wolgast’s Old City might have most modern comforts, but remains relatively unchanged from centuries long gone. If you’re the type that appreciates those fairtytale half timbered houses then you’re in the right place.
You’ve also found the right town if you love artwork found in old churches. Petrikirche is the oldest in all of Wolgast, built back over seven centuries ago. A bit on the morbid side, you’ll find the graves of some duke’s family. Even if you don’t check out the old tombstones, make sue you climb the to the top of the church tower for the best view in town.
Another great church is the Gertrudenkapelle, a chapel with an influence of one of the holy city of Jerusalem.
Before you all go getting your knickers in a bunch thinking that all you’re gonna see around here is old buildings, nothing could be further from the truth.
Nature lovers are drawn to the Tierpark Wolgast. This zoo is real close to the Polish border and has become quite the family destination with visitors from both countries.
Right past the old castle island (did you really think a place like this wouldn’t have had one) is an old port museum. Being this close to the water, it only seems natural.
Oh, before I forget there are a couple of other museums, too. There’s a museum with the artwork of local artist Phillip Otto Runge, plus a local history museum. By hitting Wolgast’s local history museum first you’ll truly appreciate everything you’re visiting. Keep a look out for the town’s somber war memorial.
I hope you like Wolgast as much as I do. It’s a wonderful town that is too wonderful to keep going unnoticed.