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Top Choice Church in Wismar


Of the three great redbrick churches that once rose above the rooftops before WWII, only the sober redbrick St-Nikolai-Kirche, the largest of its kind in Europe, was left intact. It has elaborate carvings and a font…
Top Choice Cafe in Wismar

Café Glücklich

Amid a few galleries, this artful cafe serves Wismar's finest coffee drinks. Breakfasts are as beautiful as they are delicious, while the meat and cheese platters are a treat. Cakes, crumbles and more require you to…
Square in Wismar


Dominating the middle of the Markt is the 1602-built Wasserkunst (waterworks), an ornate, 12-sided well that supplied Wismar’s drinking water until 1897 and is the town's landmark.Behind it stands the red-brick Alte…
Museum in Wismar


The large Rathaus at the Markt's northern end was built between 1817 and 1819 and houses the excellent Rathaus Historical Exhibition in its basement. Displays include an original 15th-century Wandmalerei (mural) unc…
Church in Wismar


The massive red shell of the St-Georgen-Kirche has been extensively reconstructed and while work continues, the intention is to use it for cultural (Abba cover bands!) and religious purposes. In 1945 a freezing popu…
Brewery in Wismar

Brauhaus am Lohberg

This imposing brick half-timbered building was once home to the town’s first brewery, which opened in 1452. After a long pause, beer is brewing again in enormous copper vats. Enjoy local classics like Sauerfleisch (…
Tower in Wismar

St-Marien-Kirche Steeple

All that remains of 13th-century St-Marien-Kirche is its great brick steeple (1339), which rises above the city. A multimedia exhibit on medieval church-building techniques is housed in the tower’s base. The tower c…
German in Wismar

Börners Nikolaiblick

Just across the canal from the lovely St-Nikolai-Kirche churchyard, this friendly pub cooks up fine schnitzels and fish dishes. It has a good beer list and you can take a load off at a table outside. Kids get their …
Historic Building in Wismar


Between the St-Marien and St-Georgen churches lies the restored Italian Renaissance Fürstenhof, now the city courthouse. The facades are slathered in terracotta reliefs depicting episodes from folklore and Wismar’s …
Museum in Wismar


The town’s historical museum is in the Renaissance Schabbellhaus in a former brewery (1571), just south of St-Nikolai-Kirche across the canal. It is undergoing massive reconstruction at least until 2017.