Arts and Cultural
Built in 1512, this historic Gothic house was once the seat of the dukes of Mecklenburg. The "new house" was erected roughly forty years later in the Italian Renaissance style with features like terra cotta and limestone. Visitors can admire the house's well-manicured grounds, or tour the rooms of this three-story Wismar landmark.
At the neo-classic Town Hall basement, located near the Market Place, history buffs can catch the permanent exhibition "Wismar - Pictures of a City." The film depicts the history and heritage of this charming Hanseatic League city and its development as a port town. The Wismar exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wismar Market Place
Guests will discover one of the largest squares in Northern Germany at the Wismar Market Place. Surrounding the square are stunning 14th-century North German Gothic, and 19th-century Romanesque and Art Nouveau buildings. The square's main attraction is the Town Hall, a 19th-century neo-classic building. Guests can also spot the Wasserkunst, a wrought-iron fountain that was imported from Holland.
Points of Interest
St. Mary's Church
Discover the 262-foot (70 meter) church tower of St. Mary's, a former 13th-century Brick Gothic church that eventually suffered heavy damage during WWII. The church was further destroyed in 1960, but the tower still remains. At the site, visitors can learn how the historic church was built by catching a showing of a 3D documentary.
The Old Harbor
The beautiful Wismar Bay is dotted with picturesque fishing boats, and still retains its charm as a historic port city that was once a member of the Hanseatic League. Guests can snap photos of the colorful portside structures, or stroll along the harbor promenade for views of the bay and old town skyline. Maritime buffs won't want to the Wismaria, a reconstructed Medieval Hansa Ship that occasional docks in the harbor.
On the shores of the Baltic Sea, guests will discover beautiful beaches perfect for swimming, sunbathing and catching up on a good read. Beach goers can easily get there by bike or on foot for an afternoon picnic, a friendly round of beach volleyball, or an exciting day of wind surfing.
Hanse-Sekt-Kellerei Wine Shop
During the Hanseatic period, seaports were important hubs for the wine trade. The Hanseatic Sektkellerei Wismar continues this over 350-year tradition by presenting exquisite wines from the Pfalz wine growing region. Connoisseurs can visit the restored 17th-century vault to taste or pick up Northern Germany's most exclusive wines.
Karstadt Department Store
This Wismar shopping center is the place to update the wardrobe, and keep up to date on the latest fashions. Shoppers will enjoy perusing the aisles for clothes, shoes, jewelry, beauty products and more, or pick up gear and sports equipment for a day at the beach.
Old Town Shopping
Krämerstraße, Hinter dem Rathaus and Altwismarstraße are Wismar's main shopping streets and pedestrian zones. On these bustling drags, shoppers will discover a fascinating blend of old and new architecture, and beautiful cobblestone streets. Shops found here include designer boutiques, clothing stores, markets, cafes and more.
Sports and Entertainment
In the Mecklenburg hills, wildlife enthusiasts can go wild and get up close to their favorite animals. Spot friendly goats, sheep and ponies at the farm, plus bobcats, lemurs, raccoons, wolves, and lynxes. The zoo also features an adventure playground for kids, and a café-terrace for snacks and ice cream.
Wismar Bay Fishing
Fishing enthusiasts will enjoy a day on the beautiful waters of the Wismar Bay. Anglers can charter a fishing boat from the Wismar Harbor, or join an all-day fishing cruise. For visitors who aren't in the mood to catch their own fish can head to the bustling seafront fish market.
Refreshing pools, water slides and fitness facilities for the health conscious are only at Wonnemar. Visitors will discover rest and relaxation with massages and spa treatments that soothe the mind and body. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy access to tennis courts, thrilling water slides and lazy wave pools.
What's Nearby - Corporate Locations
- Hochschule Wismar
- Wismar Shipyard