The emergence of the town can be traced back to the foundation of the Eldena Monastery by Cistercian monks in the 12th century. It is through the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich – the town’s most famous son – that the ruins of this monastery became world famous as the epitome of German Romanticism. For centuries, the historic old town’s silhouette has been dominated by three grand Gothic brick churches: St. Mary, St. Nikolai and St. Jakobi.
Thanks to its Alma Mater – founded in 1456, which makes it one of the oldest universities in Central Europe – modern Greifswald has always been a young town, filled with bustling activity. More than 12.000 students from all over the world create a lively, cosmopolitan mood and are responsible for the good reputation of Greifswald’s cultural scene and night life. Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University is renowned throughout the world for first class research and important scientific contributions.
Hiking, swimming, golfing or shopping: Many opportunities to relax and have a good time are just a couple of minutes – or sea miles – away from the Marina Yacht Center:

Museum harbour

Distance: Stone´s throw
Adress: Salinenstraße, 17489 Greifswald

The “Museumshafen” is one of Greifswald’s favorite places for a stroll and a chance to see and be seen – and also Germany’s biggest harbor museum. Swimming restaurants create a maritime atmosphere. A short walk over a pedestrian bridge takes you from here to the historic town core.

Historic market square

Distance: 12min by foot
Adress: Markt, 17489 Greifswald

Formidably gabled buildings and brick houses line one of the most beautiful historic market squares in the entire North. Here, interesting and diverse restaurants welcome hungry travelers and food lovers alike – during the summer months, preferably out of doors.

St. Nikolai Cathedral

Distance: 16 by foot
Adress: Domstraße 54, 17489 Greifswald
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This impressive Gothic brick cathedral is the official landmark of the Hanseatic city. No less than 264 steps ascend inside the tower to a viewing platform at a height of about 100 meters. If the skies are clear, visitors enjoy a spectacular panoramic view over Greifswald and the landscape of the Western Pomeranian Lagoon Area.

Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University

Distance: 18 by foot
Adress: Domstraße 11, 17489 Greifswald
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Baroque auditorium, botanical garden, astronomical observatory, even the old detention room are open to the public. You are very welcome to visit and explore Northern Europe’s second oldest university.

Monastery ruins Eldena

Distance: 7,5 km
Adress: Wolgaster Landstraße 41, 17493 Greifswald

Paintings by Caspar David Friedrich made these romantic ruins the epitome of German Romanticism. The eventful history of the place, however, reaches much farther back in time – the monastery was founded by Cistercian monks in the 12th century.

Greifswald-Wieck

Distance: 2,5 sea miles
Adress: for example z.B. Am Hafen, 17493 Greifswald

If you have moored your boat in our marina, you must have come past it: The over 800 years old Wieck municipality. You might even have noticed its striking landmark – the Wieck bridge is one of the oldest and still functional wooden bascule bridges in Europe.

Zoo Greifswald

Distance: 18 min by foot (1,5 km)
Adress: Anlagen 3, 17489 Greifswald
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The donkeypig, goat, peacock, stork, crane and also kangaroos are only a few of the more than 100 animal species at the zoo. Next to the zoo there are a lot of opportunities for playing and train the senses of your children. There also is a big playing area for romping and climbing.

Botanical Gardens & Arboretum

  • Adress Botanical Gardens: Münterstraße 2, 17489 Greifswald
    Distance: 24 min by foot (2,0 km)
  • Adress Arboretum: Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Straße, 17489 Greifswald
    Distance: 32 min by foot (2,6 km)
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The University of Greifswalds botanical gardens were found at 1793. It is one of the oldest gardens of that kind of nature worldwide. The historical glasshouses, a monument with national significance, belongs to the epoche of the big steel constructions, of which the most common one is the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Golf course Greifswald-Wackerow

Distance: 7,5 km
Adress: Golfplatz 1, 17489 Greifswald
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Enjoy a game of golf with the backdrop of the historical town silhouette. There is also a golfing school that offers regular trial classes.

»Fischermen´s festival Gaffelrigg«

Distance: 2,5 sea miles
Adress: for example z.B. Am Hafen, 17493 Greifswald

More than 50.000 visitors make the Fishermen’s festival the second largest maritime fair in Mecklenburg and Western Pomerania. Year after year, the third weekend in July brings along the grand opening of this favorite summer event for the whole family in Greifswald-Wieck.

Bad Weather Activities

Pomerian State Museum

Distance: 13 min by foot
Adress: Rakower Straße 9, 17489 Greifswald
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The “Pommersches Landesmuseum” is the starting point for your journey through 14000 years of Pomeranian history. The museum’s art gallery harbors several beautiful Caspar David Friedrich originals.

Caspar-David-Friedrich-Center

Distance: 15 min by foot
Adress: Lange Straße 57, 17489 Greifswald
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These days, the birth place of the most famous painter of Romanticism is devoted to celebrating life and work of Greifswald’s great son in numerous engaging presentations.

Theater Vorpommern

Distance: 19 min by foot (1,5 km)
Adress: Anklamer Str. 106, 17489 Greifswald
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You want to get entertained by real people and not by a movie? Check out our theater and get entertained by musicals, dramas, ballets or concerts. But check there website before to know about their summer holiday.

Greifswald swimming pool

Distance: 6 km
Adress: Pappelallee 3-5, 17489 Greifswald
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More than 1.200 m² of pool area, a 40 meter water slide and different pools for fun, relaxation and swimming make the Greifswald swimming pool a favorite hangout not only on rainy days. The landscaped outdoor area offers children’s playgrounds, lawns for sunbathing, a boccia court and a summer bowling alley.

Cinema

Distance: 15 min by foot (1,2 km)
Adress: Lange Str. 40, 17489 Greifswald
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You watched your DVD´s for the 17th time and popcorn is also empty? Take a seat in the cinema, if you want to get entertained by movies. Enjoy your evening.

Indoor Playground Kunti-Bunt

Distance: 5,8 km
Adress: An der Thronpost 12, Greifswald, 17489
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The Indoor Playground Kunti-Bunt is a good opportunity for kids to climb, romp or play at bad weather. here are also opprtunities for adults: For example airhockey, table football or billards.

Indoor & Outdoor Minigolf

Distance: 4,3 km
Adress: Am Gorzberg 19a, 17489 Greifswald
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You can play Minigolf at this area at black light! There are 12 holes which you can play at bad weather. For good weather, there is also an outdoor minigolf area.