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Greifswald Travel Guide
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Greifswald is a north-eastern German town of about 55.000 inhabitants. It's inspiring with a vivid university of 11.000 students, at least in the period while lectures are running. (apr-jul, oct-feb)
Especially in summer Greifswald turns out as beautiful city: sitting with icecream on the old marketplace, relaxing at the Baltic Sea beaches and taking delight in cultural events.
The town center offers to see a lot of ancient "hanseatic" buldings: three churches made from red bricks in the 13th/14th century.(cathedral St.Nikolai, hall churches St.Mary and St.Jacob.)More historic monuments are merchant houses with nice ornated brick tracery on the front gable.(Two of them at the marketplace.)
Germany's most famous landscapist of 19th century romanticism was born in Greifswald: Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840). The place of his cradle (Lange Straße 54) houses a small showroom to Friedrich's lifetime and work. The picture gallery of the Museum of Pomeranian history (Pommersches Landesmuseum,adress: Rakower Straße) provides some of Friedrich's pictures. There can also be taken a look on van Gogh, Frans Hals and Philipp Otto Runge.
Greifswald is a good base to do short trips to the beautiful islands Ruegen (30 km north) and Usedom (30km south-east), both with long, sandy beaches and Ruegen with a stunning cliff line of white rocks (Sassnitz).
Top Things to See and Do
Cathedral St.Nikolai, hall churches St.Mary and St.Jacob, ancient marketplace, university, fishing village Wieck, harbour with historic vessels, picture gallery in the Museum of Pomeranian history.Day trips to islands of Ruegen and Usedom.
Cultural events in Greifswald around the year :
Scandinavian Culture Festival (Nordischer Klang) in may,
Classical music festival concerning Johann Sebastian Bach(Bachwoche)in may,
Greifswald International Students Festival (GrIStuF) each two years in may/june,
Jazz festival in romantic monastry ruin in village Eldena (Eldena Jazz-Evenings) in july.
funfair at the fishing-village Wieck with meeting of historic ships (Fischerfest und Gaffelrigg),july/august
Polish culture festival (PolenmARkT) in november.
regular student clubs:
Mensaclub - (in the central refactory building) biggest and most popular student club, mainstream music, two dancefloors, opened on thursday and saturday (and films on wednesday an sundays 8 P.M.)
Kiste - two kilometers outside of the central city (Makarenkostraße) with small bar room and one dancefloor, different music styles: Indie, Gothic, 80's a.m.o., opened on wedenesday and friday.
Geokeller - reservation of fun loving geography students and all of those who want to party with them. Near the new campus (Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Straße).
Other night clubs:
Near the central station is the "Trieb und Verzicht" which means roughly translated "Sexual appetite vs. sexual diet". Nice equipped club for dancing, chatting and drinking. Two dancefloors, opened at least on friday and saturday.
Nearby cities/suburbs: Berlin 200km, Rostock 100 km, Szczechin (PL) 100 km
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Edited by: huepfmaus on 10.11.2006 coloniasummer on 29.09.2006 robert-student on 27.04.2006 robert-student on 07.11.2003