The city combines a long history with beautiful natural surroundings, including forests and beaches. Its history can be traced back many centuries to the Middle Ages, and it was officially founded in 1234. Since that time, it has always had a ferry service to the island. Throughout the centuries, it served as an important trading hub for the Hanseatic League. Although it is now part of Germany, it was once part of the Kingdom of Denmark. Today, almost 58,000 people live in the city. Stralsund is often known as the gateway to the Island of Rügen, because it has the only fixed link to the island from the mainland.
Location: Stunning Stralsund City Near the Baltic Sea
Located along the southern coast of Stralsund, which is a strait of the Baltic Sea that separates the mainland from the island of Rügen, this German city is part of Western Pomerania region in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It is connected to the island by two bridges and ferries. To get there, visitors can take a train or road, and there are buses that run around town.
Business: Important Shipping and Fishing Center
Because it is located near the Baltic Sea, many of its industries are related to water, including shipping and fishing. The city has a long history of being an important port and shipping town. Today, it is also home to strong tourist, mechanical engineering, life sciences, and informational technology industries.
Culture: Enjoy Exploring a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The village offers many beautiful and historical architectural sites to see. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and features many brick gothic architectural buildings, including the Gothic Town Hall from the 13th century and St. Nicholas' Church. The Marienkirche from the 15th century was the largest structure in the world from 1625-1647. There are also several museums devoted to marine life, including the German Oceanographic Museum, to explore.
Activities: Take Pleasure in Hiking, Water Sports, and Shopping
Visitors enjoy walking around the municipal forest and ponds within the town borough, and there are many nearby beautiful hiking trails. There is also the opportunity to enjoy water sports, including sailing, yachting, swimming, diving, or just relax at the Stralsund Beach or the recreational area of Devin Beach and Pier. Cyclists can enjoy many dedicated routes with stunning scenery. There are also many shops and stores, and it was home to the first Wertheim and Tietz department stores.