People of all ages enjoy HanseDom water park and recreation centre with spa. Indulge in a facial or massage at the luxury day spa, while your kids ride an intricate network of slides into indoor and outdoor heated pools. Play tennis or squash, or hop to the beat with Aqua Zumba or aerobics classes. Great group rates are available for travelers booking multiple accommodations at the Wyndham Stralsund HanseDom hotel next door.
If you're not too tired from your HanseDom "staycation," you will want to explore the cultural, historic and scientific museums of Stralsund or take a ferry ride over to Ruegen for a dip in the island's thermal springs. During Medieval times, Stralsund was fabricated with great care and attention to detail. Many of the city's historic charms still exist in full glory today.
Arts & Cultural
Located in Stralsund's Old Town in the former Dominican Monastery of St. Catherine, this maritime museum invites you to visit the turtle tank and aquariums, while admiring the Gothic architecture that surrounds this unique scientific and cultural oasis. Learn about the history of fishing, the Baltic Coast and the species of whale that inhabit nearby seas.
St. James' Church
One of the most interesting examples of mid-14th Century Brick Gothic architecture partnered with centuries of renovation and rebuilding is St. James' Church in Stralsund. Also known as St. Jacob's Church, it is used today as a cultural center, adjoining a public park with a monument to the victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986.
Points of Interest
Bridge of Ruegen
Connecting the West Pomeranian mainland and Stralsund to the German island of Ruegen, the Strelasund Crossing and its bridges offer a unique vantage point from which to view the Baltic Sea and coast. The Ruegen Bridge is quite the engineering feat with pylon pillars and column pairs supporting a curved motorway. Foot passengers may traverse the Strelasund Crossing via ferries or small passenger ships, operating daily.
Also known as Rugia Island, this coastal island is Germany's largest island by area at 926.4 sq. km. Vast expanses of beaches and chalk cliffs - like King's Chair - distinguish this beautiful island from others. Rich mineral springs make Ruegen a popular spa retreat destination, while beach and forest lands offer top quality recreation opportunities like rock climbing, boating, fishing and hiking.
St. Mary's Church, St. Nicholas' Church
Rising up from the quaint streets of Old Market Square and Neuer Markt, these Gothic parishes are still active today. St. Mary's Church is the largest church in Stralsund with a 104 meter octagonal tower and magnificent panoramic views of the city and its neighboring islands. Both are quintessential examples of early Brick Gothic architecture.
Stralsund Town Hall
Standing as the heart of Old Town Stralsund, this Brick Gothic structure with Gothic cellar vaults is a testament to the innovative design of 13th Century dreamers and architects. Visitors can walk through its hall and gallery, or stand in the middle of Old Market Square and marvel at the show façade, which belies the simplicity of the building behind it.
Sports and Entertainment
Voted "European Museum of the Year" in 2010, OZEANEUM Stralsund takes visitors on a veritable underwater journey through the Baltic Sea and other northern undersea ecosystems. Learn about sharks, squids, whales and other sea giants; and take a ride on Europe's longest self-supporting escalator at this large and engaging museum, ideal for all ages.
As the largest zoo in Pomerania, Zoo Stralsund is home to rare animal species. Visit more than 800 animals spanning over 120 species, climb into the petting zoo with friendly goats, and learn about native fauna and flora. This zoo is open daily year-round and features snack and ice cream shop.