The St. Mary's Church in Stralsund is an incredible example of Brick Gothic architecture. Originally built in the 13th century, parts of it, like the Dome, are later additions built in the Baroque style. The Church has several wonderful areas to explore, from the impressive high altar with its beautifully intricate work, the recently restored altarpiece in the choir. The Coronation of the Virgin and stunning stained glass windows, make this a must-visit. Note the majestic Stellwagen organ dating back more than a hundred years. The Church tower offers incredible views over the city from every angle.
Built using the Brick Gothic style, the Rathaus dominates the main market square of Stralsund. Mentioned in the list of UNESCO Heritage sites, the Rathaus is an incredible example of the architecture of the Medieval period and an interesting amalgamation of styles. Particularly, the use of molded red brick, made the building's architecture quite elaborate. The typical characteristics of the Hanseatic period are clearly visible here.
German Oceanographic Museum is a must-visit site for all those who love the ocean and fishes. An exclusive museum where maritime and oceanographic displays are nicely organized and displayed for visitors to get an insight about the ocean and marine world. It is a great place to visit with the family, kids or go for a school trip. Located in an interesting building, this place is worth visiting for all those who are in the neighborhood. Visitors can tour around the aquarium which is home to several exotic fish of the sea. There is a delicate gift shop where visitors can purchase several collectibles and souvenirs.
Störtebeker Braumanufaktur GmbH is a cultural and event center located in Stralsund. Originally started as a brewery established in 1880, it has become a historic local event venue and also offers brewery tours to those interested. A perfect amalgamation of modern architecture and state-of-the-art facilities, the venue hosts memorable celebrations of weddings, meetings, and festivals.
An ode to the ocean, Ozeaneum Stralsund houses a mind-boggling variety of fish and aquatic flora and fauna. Five permanent exhibitions take you on a marine odyssey which engulfs you in simulated sounds of waves crashing, churlish whirlpools, laughing dolphins and accurate replications of the ocean ecosystem. Children will be especially enthralled by this Neptunian spectacle which unfolds around the glass walls of the well-designed structure. Seminar rooms are also available for conferences and private parties.
St. Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas' Church) is a majestic French Gothic structure and was built between 1234 to 1350. This richly decorated council church gives a glimpse into the wealth of the city in that era. Consecrated to Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors, its altars, astronomical clock, pews, organs, portal, painted vault and chapels are truly a sight to behold. This Lutheran church regularly hosts organ concerts within its premises.
Duckwitzer See is nestled in the village of Duckwitz. The shoreline of the lake is filled with reed on all three sides but its north end is open for swimming. The bathing area is situated near the township of Lühburg. Fishing is permitted if you have license for it.
Borgwallsee was formed during the Weichsel glaciation and spreads across 3.6 kilometers (2.24 miles). It is a part of the Naturschutzgebiet Borgwallsee und Pütter See. It is the main source of drinking water for Stralsund. Its southern shore is completely forested while the remaining part is used for agriculture.
Günzer See is just a few kilometers away from Barther Bodden. It is separated from the lagoon by marshy strip of land. Though it is the breeding ground of many aquatic birds, it has a large number of cranes as its resident.
Set in the Zingst Peninsula, Kirr or Großer Kirr is an uninhabited island and a nature reserve. It is a part of the Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park. This salt grassland is the breeding ground and habitat of many aquatic creatures. These include the likes of redshank, godwit, dunlin, black-headed gull and cranes.
Darßer Bernsteinmuseum is a small but significantly popular museum in this small town, showcasing numerous exhibits of amber, also called the gold of the Baltic sea. The collection is actually the private property of the Moldenhauer family, who own and operate this fascinating museum. Indeed, it is common for tourists to sift through this collection, admiring the aesthetic effects of amber.
St. Johanneskirche in Schaprode is a 13th-century Romanesque basilica which is historically significant as it was an asylum for Danish bishops. The choir room here is still preserved in its original form and the church has portraits of reformers such as Johannes Bugenhagen and Martin Luther.