Top things to do in Greifswald

Top Choice Seafood in Greifswald


An exquisitely presented meal at the ‘fisher’s house’ might start with Wieck-style fish soup and move onto the house speciality – smoked herring. You know everything is fresh as you can see the boats pulling up to t…
Square in Greifswald


The richly ornamented buildings ringing the Markt hint at Greifswald’s stature in the Middle Ages. The Rathaus, at the western end, started life as some 14th-century shops. Among the red-brick gabled houses on the e…
Village in Greifswald


The photogenic centre of this fishing village is a Dutch-style wooden drawbridge. The small harbour is often alive with fishing boats landing – and selling – their catch. There's a good hike through a large park to …
Museum in Greifswald

Pommersches Landesmuseum

This outstanding museum links three Franciscan monastery buildings via a 73m-long, glassed-in hall. There’s a major gallery of paintings, including half a dozen by Caspar David Friedrich, as well as history and natu…
Pub Food in Greifswald

Fritz Braugasthaus

One of the most striking step-gabled red-brick buildings on the Markt is also a brewery. Besides German classics like schnitzels, there are good burgers on the menu. Ingredients are sourced locally; there's outdoor …
Church in Greifswald


The 12th-century red-brick Marienkirche is a square three-nave tower trimmed with turrets. It's easy to see why it's called 'Fat Mary'. Look for the 16th-century elaborately carved pulpit and frescos.
Cathedral in Greifswald

Dom St Nikolai

The 100m onion-domed tower of 14th-century Dom St Nikolai rises above a row of historic facades, giving the cathedral the nickname ‘Long Nicholas’. The austere, whitewashed 19th-century interior is a relative dud, b…