Top choice in Coastal Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania

You'll need divine inspiration to guess the number of bricks used to build the massive 14th-century Marienkirche, a superb example of north German red-brick construction. We can however confirm that there are 206 stone or brick stairs and 143 wooden stairs up the tower for a sweeping view of the town, with its lovely red-tiled roofs, and Rügen Island. The ornate 17th-century organ is a stunner.

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Nearby Coastal Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania attractions

1. Meeresmuseum

0.17 MILES

The Meeresmuseum aquarium is set in a 13th-century convent building. Exhibits include a very popular sea turtle tank and polychromatic tropical fish.

2. Rathaus


Seven copper turrets and six triangular gables grace the red-brick Gothic facade of the splendid 1370 Rathaus. The upper portion of the northern facade,…

3. Welterbe Ausstellung Stralsund

0.41 MILES

This small but excellent exhibition celebrates Stralsund's listing (along with Wismar) as a Unesco World Heritage-listed site. Information is in German…

4. Nikolaikirche

0.41 MILES

This masterpiece of medieval architecture dates to 1270 and is modelled on Lübeck's Marienkirche. Its interior is awash with colour and is filled with art…

5. DDR Miniatur Farhzeug Museum

0.41 MILES

This cute little museum is devoted to miniature versions of all manner of vehicles from the former East Germany, all laid out in a miniature town.

6. Heilgeistkirche

0.42 MILES

Don't miss the lovely ivy-covered face of this baroque 14th-century church.

7. Alter Markt

0.44 MILES

Stralsund's main square is a hub of its architectural treasures.

8. Wulflamhaus

0.45 MILES

A beautiful 15th-century town house named after an old mayor, the turreted step gable imitates the Rathaus facade across the square.