14 November 2016

A Day in the Historic City of Wismar

One weekend during the summer, we decided to just get out of Berlin for the weekend. So we bought a train ticket that allowed us to spend the whole day in regional trains, and using that ticket, we opted to do a day trip to Wismar. Wismar is a historic town to the north, in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. I have visited this state before, when I went to Stralsund back in 2013. It's a quiet part of Germany, with very few foreign tourists. In fact, when we visited, even though it was the middle of summer, all we saw were locals and domestic tourists, visiting from other parts of Germany.

We took an early train leaving after 7 AM in Berlin, and two hours later, we arrived in Wismar. We immediately headed to the tourist information office and got some free maps of the historic center. So what we did was we simply followed the walking tour and checked out the city.

Let me show you the views of the city first. These shots were taken on top of a church; there are several churches in the city, and one of them has an open tower that now serves as a good panoramic viewpoint. The shots above were taken in this area.

Wismar is a city that was part of the Hanseatic League, which means that the city has been in existence since the 13th century. Due to the location, with its good access to the sea, trade flourished in this town. There were in fact different churches for different trades, and there were three main churches in varying degrees of restoration. The one that is the most impressive perhaps is St. Mary's Church, as only the tower remains, yet the scale of the church is still visible due to the remaining foundations.

You can also see a statue of Gottlob Frege, who was a German philosopher and mathematician, who was born in Wismar.

The churches might be good examples of Brick Gothic architecture, and indeed, this is the prevailing architectural style in northern Europe (similar styles can be observed in Denmark as well), but for the most part, the traditional houses also feature these gables that adorn almost every building's facade. We checked out several areas of the historic center, and there were indeed plenty of specimens that were worth looking at.

Finally, here are some views of the Rathaus and the plaza in front of it. The circular well structure you see in the two photos above was constructed back in 1580, and truth be told, it provided drinking water to the city until 1897.

So this was our day. We ate some good seafood while we were here, taking advantage of its location. After spending the whole day, we then went back to the train station and caught a train back to Berlin.


  1. Looks cute! Somehow, I don't associate Germany with seafood... it seems to be so heavy on meat and cold cuts!

    1. Zhu,

      I won't blame you, after all, the northern coast isn't the most famous area of Germany anyway. When people think of Germany, they mostly think Bavaria, not Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.