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Wismar
Travel Guide

Wismar featuring a bay or harbor and a sunset

Distinctive architecture, friendly people and interesting history are reasons to stay a while in this UNESCO World Heritage city on Germany’s Baltic coast.

Wismar is known for its medieval buildings, many of which are in an elaborate redbrick Gothic style. Founded in the 1200s, it became a major trading center in the 14th and 15th centuries as part of the Hanseatic League. For over 150 years, Wismar ruled as the administrative capital of Sweden’s German possessions. Experience its distinctly Scandinavian flavor in the city’s annual Swedish Festival, held in August.

Tour Wismar’s magnificent religious architecture, built in the brick Gothic style. Start at the St-Marien-Kirche Steeple for an introduction to this style and access to panoramic views of the city and its surroundings. Walk down the street to Holy Spirit Church, a small but ornate house of worship with a beautifully painted ceiling. Continue to St. George’s Church, which was badly damaged in World War II but now serves as a performance space and hosts a rooftop observation desk. Stroll through the streets to St-Nikolai-Kirche, with one of the tallest naves in Germany.

Relax from your adventure in Wismar’s Market Square, ringed by shops and restaurants offering a taste of local culture. On the plaza’s southeast corner, visit the Wasserkunst, a magnificent former pumping station. Follow the path of the tubes out to the edge of Old Town, where the Alte Wasserturm stands. One of the only remaining parts of the city’s medieval wall, it was the city water supply’s first line of defense against successive invasions of Danes, Swedes and Germans.

Reach Wismar from the closest international airport in Luebeck in 45 minutes by car. Travel from Berlin in 3.5 hours by train. Many visitors to Wismar arrive as part of one of the Baltic Sea cruises, which usually stop in multiple locations across northern Germany. Wismar has little public transportation, but the Old Town is small and easily accessible on foot.

As part of a Baltic cruise or a stop on the European Brick Gothic Route, Wismar is a worthy place to explore architecture, art and the history of the Hanseatic League.

Vienna House Stadt Hamburg Wismar
Vienna House Stadt Hamburg Wismar
Am Markt 24, Wismar, MV
The price is $125 per night from May 20 to May 20
Located in the heart of Wismar, this spa hotel is steps from Wasserkunst, Wismar Market Square, and Hinter Dem Rathaus Gallery. Holy Spirit Church and St. Nicolai ...
4.2/5Excellent! (460 reviews)
"Great location on the market square. It's a nice hotel, very quiet and pleasant."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

Vienna House Stadt Hamburg Wismar
WONNEMAR Resort-Hotel
WONNEMAR Resort-Hotel
4 out of 5
Bürgermeister-Haupt-Straße 36, Wismar
The price is $110 per night from May 24 to May 24
This family-friendly Wismar hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wonnemar Wismar and Theater Wismar. Wismar Station is 26 minutes by foot.
4.1/5Very Good! (112 reviews)
"Just newly added on Hotels.com - ask at the reception for other room options that include admission to the spa and wellness area, it wasn't an option at booking. Close driving distance to harbor and island Poel."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2018

WONNEMAR Resort-Hotel
Park Inn By Radisson Wismar
Park Inn By Radisson Wismar
3.5 out of 5
Alter Holzhafen 28, Wismar
The price is $74 per night from May 8 to May 8
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Holy Spirit Church and St. George's Church. St. Nicolai Church and Hinter Dem Rathaus ...
4.2/5Excellent! (160 reviews)
"Very comfortable new hotel. Loved the king bed. Food for both breakfast and dinner superb. Service in the restaurant can be improved. Based on who takes your order, you might eat quickly or wait a long time since the order was forgotten and then eat cold food. Other than that hotel is great."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

Park Inn By Radisson Wismar
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Living in the Historic Imperial Building
Living in the Historic Imperial Building
Wismar, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania
Situated in Wismar, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Wasserkunst, Wismar Market Square, and St. George's Church. Holy Spirit Church and ...
3.4/5Good! (7 reviews)
Gute Lage - gleich am historischen Stadtkern
"Primär war die Lage entscheidend für die Buchung und die war optimal. Anreise war per Bahn - die Parksituation für PKW (nur Anwohner im Innenstadtbereich) scheint schwierig - der Vermieter bietet Informationen und damit wohl die beste Unterstützung. Ausstattung bequem, geräumig und teilweise rustikal ..."

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Living in the Historic Imperial Building
2 bedroom accommodation in Wismar
2 bedroom accommodation in Wismar
Wismar, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania
Situated in Wismar, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Wasserkunst, Wismar Market Square, and Hinter Dem Rathaus Gallery. Holy Spirit Church ...
4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

2 bedroom accommodation in Wismar
Traumfänger mit 2 Schlafzimmern - 285
Traumfänger mit 2 Schlafzimmern - 285
3.5 out of 5
Baustraße 81, Wismar, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania
Situated in Wismar, this apartment building is steps from St. George's Church and Holy Spirit Church. Hinter Dem Rathaus Gallery and Wismar Market Square are ...
Traumfänger mit 2 Schlafzimmern - 285
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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