24 Hours in Wismar

Wismar Travel Blog

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Market square and Wasserkunst, steeple of Marienkirche in the background

Wismar is my personal favourite among the Hansa cities on the Baltic Sea coast. Time stood still here. The well preserved old town covers a large area. There is still a lot of restoration work to do. Anyway, the pre-war ambience is still there.

Photo options are at every street corner and even when you pass the same spot for the fifth time you will discover a new picture to take.

The town has maintained its medieval and early modern structure, including the old port basin and the canal that runs through the town. World War II bombs have hit the industrial areas and destroyed two of the three medieval churches but spared most of the old town. You may find more spectacular individual architectures in other Hansa cities like Lübeck or Stralsund. In Wismar, it is the ensemble that matters, and that made the town UNESCO World Heritage.

Harbour and old town skyline
Despite this status I found the place pleasantly untouristy. That‘s why it has this authentic feel.

My hotel was located next to Wassertor. They gave me a room on the second floor right on the corner next to the medieval gate tower. So I had both the view ot to the harbour and, on the other side, into the old town. The harbour view from my bathroom window at 4 a.m. in the morning (sometimes you got to go, eh) was unforgettable. Dawn was already creeping in as the first fishing boat left the harbour.

Wassertor is the only one left of originally five gate towers in the medieval fortification. The gate tower was erected around 1450. The inner side stills hows the late gothic brick gable while the outer side has been redesigned around 1600.

I stayed for one night in Wismar on my way to our family holiday in Kühlungsborn.

Wassertor - and my window on the top floor
Since the holiday with Grandma would be slow-paced due to her walking difficulties, I left home one day earlier in order to have the chance to see more places. After a stopover in Schwerin on the way I arrived in Wismar in the late afternoon. So I had almost 24 hours to play with until I was expected in Kühlungsborn the following afternoon. This timeframe is about right to cover Wismar’s sights and attractions. More about these in the Wismar travel tips.

The Wismarians - an Endangered Species?

A running gag in the German TV landscape. A popular, and actually quite good, detective series on ZDF is set in Wismar. SOKO Wismar is broadcasted daily on weekdays (okay, with some repetitions but let's ignore that).

Harbour view at 4 a.m.
Wismar is a small town and if ZDF murders a dozen or so of its inhabitants per week then some day the Wismarians will be on the brink of extinction...

The fictive police headquarters in the series is, by the way, the Hospital of the Holy Spirit. A lot of the old town, the port and the surrounding landscape is shown. The characters are interesting people - the head of the team, for example, is a typical Mecklenburger, stubborn and always calm, sometimes appearing a bit slow and thus underestimated, but very smart and always in control of the situation. The cases are full of suspense but SOKO Wismar is not one of those hardcore, blood-spilled thrillers, rather a witty and sometimes funny riddle with intelligent stories. If you are looking for some German TV to watch for language practice, this series is herewith recommended.

Website: http://www.zdf.de/soko-wismar/soko-wismar-5990852.html

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Market square and Wasserkunst, ste…
Market square and Wasserkunst, st…
Harbour and old town skyline
Harbour and old town skyline
Wassertor - and my window on the t…
Wassertor - and my window on the …
Harbour view at 4 a.m.
Harbour view at 4 a.m.
Nikolaikirche
Nikolaikirche
Nikolaikirche
Nikolaikirche
Old town impression
Old town impression
Old town impression
Old town impression
Old town impression
Old town impression
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Old town impression with Nikolaik…
Old town impression
Old town impression
Old town impression
Old town impression
Old town impression
Old town impression
Old town impression
Old town impression
Old town impression
Old town impression
Old town impression with Georgenki…
Old town impression with Georgenk…
Old town impression
Old town impression
Old town impression
Old town impression
Old town impression
Old town impression
Am Lohberg
Am Lohberg
Evening in market square
Evening in market square
Evening in market square
Evening in market square
Evening in market square
Evening in market square
Evening in market square
Evening in market square
Wasserkunst
Wasserkunst
Evening impression
Evening impression
Evening impression
Evening impression
Wassertor
Wassertor
Wassertor seen from my room
Wassertor seen from my room
Wassertor seen from the harbour
Wassertor seen from the harbour
Wismar Sights & Attractions review
Heiligen-Geist-Hospital - Hospital of the Holy Spirit
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Neue Kirche – Wismar‘s Post-War Notkirche
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Fürstenhof - the Ducal Palace in Wismar
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Market Square of Wismar
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Nikolaikirche - the Only Complete Church in Old Wismar
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Georgenkirche - Church of St George
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The Steeple of Marienkirche
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Schabbellhaus, Wismar's Historical Museum
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Old Shop and Company Signs in Wismar's Old Town
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Wismar’s Old Town, UNESCO World Heritage
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Wismar‘s Harbour
The old harbour basin closest to the old town is still about the same size as in the middle ages. The harbour has extended, the outer parts are now a … read entire review
Wismar Hotels & Accommodations review
Hotel by the harbour in convenient location
The hotel is conveniently located in the old town next to Wassertor, in close vicinity to the harbour and a few minutes walk from the train station. B… read entire review
Wismar
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