Visit the City of Stralsund in Germany
The German city of Stralsund, located on the mainland opposite Rügen Island in the Baltic Sea, has a number of fascinating attractions and landmarks for visitors to explore. The city's medieval 'Old Town' is listed, along with nearby Wismar, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its 'outstanding universal value', and visitors will appreciate its beautifully preserved architecture, some of which dates back to the 13th century and is characteristic of Hanseatic League towns of that era. The Old Town of Stralsund was established on an oval-shaped island, and the distinguishing characteristic of its historically significant buildings is the use of fired clay brick for both practical and decorative purposes.
As is the case with many historical settlements, the Market Square is situated at the heart of the Old Town. The 13th century Gothic Town Hall is a prominent feature of the Market Square, as is the St Nicholas Church completed in 1360. Houses from various periods surround the square, with a restaurant occupying a 14th-century patrician house. Built in Gothic style between 1383 and 1473, Saint Mary's Church features a 104-meter high octagonal tower, offering a spectacular view of the Old Town and city of Stralsund, as well as the islands of Hiddensee and Rügen. Two museums are housed in the 15th century Monastery of Saint Catherine, with the monastery's refectory being one of the best genuine Gothic interiors in the country. Dating back to 1254, the Franciscan Monastery is one of the town's oldest buildings.
With its strategic location on the coast, the sea is an important part of Stralsund's past, present, and no doubt, future, and this is reflected in attractions such as the German Oceanographic Museum, the History of the German Navy at the Marine Museum, the Nautineum and the Ozeaneum – a public aquarium opened in July 2008. The Ozeaneum focuses mainly on marine life found in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. It has quickly become one of the city’s main attractions and received the European Museum of the Year Award in 2010. Certainly the Ozeaneum is an attraction worth visiting when exploring the German town of Stralsund.