Wismar

Depicted in the 1922 vampire movie, Nosferatu, Wismar is a tiny port located in northern Germany. Famous for its German brick churches and other brick constructions, this city is under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list since 2002. The town might be small, but it does boast of the largest market place in Germany.

Wismar, old harbor

Wismar, old harbor

Located in the center of the city, the market place occupies around 10,000 square meters. Roam around the same a bit and feast your eyes on the buildings that range in style from the North German Gothic dating back to the fourteenth century to the Romanesque revival of the nineteenth century.

It is important that you do not miss to see the elaborate wrought iron fountain, the Wasserkunst, which is the focal point of the square as was imported from Holland in the year 1602.

Those who have a passion for architecture will love to view the Town Hall. It is located on the northern side of the square, is of neoclassical style, and was built between 1817-1819. Tourists will love to view another dominating building, the Old Swede (Alter Schwede), which is situated in the square and was constructed around 1380.

There are four churches too including the church of St. Nicholas. Built out of red brick, it is considered as one of the largest of churches in Europe.

Keep your eyes peeled for a 80 meter high church tower. It is the only remnant of the St. Mary church, a brick Gothic church that was constructed during the 1st half of the thirteenth century. The rest of the church was heavily damaged during the course of the Second World War.

Wismar, Wassertor, old city gate at the harbor

Wismar, Wassertor, old city gate at the harbor

Visitors should not miss out on the fish market and old buildings located in the seafront area. Kids will love Wismar’s zoological garden that also boasts of a children’s tram. Do not forget to visit the traffic free shopping zones to pick up some souvenirs.

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