Boat in harbour © Sophie Nagel
The wide world is so close when standing at the harbour and watching the boats© Sophie Nagel

Seagulls swooping overhead, boats in the harbour and the scent of the salty sea air. Are you looking for adventure and relaxation? Interested in sailing, fish sandwiches and the oldest harbour pub in all of Europe? Then Stralsund is the place for you!

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The Hanseatic town of Stralsund is located in north-eastern Germany close to the border of Poland. Its historic centre with its beautiful redbrick Gothic buildings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even though it might not be as busy as Hamburg or other big port cities, you definitely won’t feel bored in Stralsund because there are so many things you can do. Above all, you can enjoy life on the coast of the Baltic Sea.

Stralsund is often called the “Gate to Rügen Island” because it lies so close to Germany’s largest island. Many Germans like spending their holidays at the sea, and that’s why Stralsund is such a popular tourist destination. In addition to tourism, shipbuilding and heavy machinery are important industries for the city’s economy. Furthermore, the sail training ship is docked in the harbour of Stralsund and is open to visitors every day.

Downtown you’ll discover some of the widely known landmarks of Stralsund, including the “” (Old Market), and the with its famous gallery passageway. You will discover a diverse ensemble of historical buildings on the Alter Markt including numerous merchant houses, churches, alleyways and quaint squares. Out of a total of 800 historical landmarks in Stralsund, more than 500 are located in the historic city centre. The Kniepertor and the are the only parts of the city’s medieval fortifications that still exist today.

The recently renovated on Mönchstrasse is one of the most exquisitely preserved townhouses of the Hanseatic era in all of northern Europe. There you can experience the eventful history of Stralsund over the past seven centuries.


If you haven’t already met some nice students at your on campus, the university’s “Buddy Programme” will definitely help you make new acquaintances. At the beginning of the semester, they organise a city rally, for example, to help you become familiar with your new home and its inhabitants. The university can also accompany you to the authorities and help you take care of bureaucratic formalities. In addition to organised excursions, the University also offers students the chance to try out many different . Dragonboating, sailing, volleyball? Just show up and join in!

A good place to hang out and get to know people is the campus bar “Haus 8” which takes place every Thursday. From there, you and your friends can go out and spend a night on the town. In addition to the Hafenfest, the Wallenstein Festival is an exciting event you really shouldn’t miss if you want to experience the culture of Stralsund. But aside from such festivities, there is plenty to do and discover during the day and night in town.

The harbour pub “Zur Fähre” is one of the oldest in Europe. There you can drink a real German beer with your new friends. And if you want to go down to the harbour, stop by “Anja’s” kiosk and try out a fish sandwich. If you want to have lunch, a great place to eat is the “Burgermeister” at the Alter Markt. They serve home-made burgers with sweet-potato fries and fresh garlic mayonnaise. You can also find some good snacks at the “Schnittchenfabrik” and vegan pastries at “Coffifee” on Fährstrasse.

As someone living near the sea, you should probably visit the old (maritime museum) on Mönchstrasse. Inside you can see a 15-metre skeleton of a fin whale. They also have exhibits of whales and dolphins. The OZEANEUM is newer and larger and contains octopuses, penguins and numerous aquariums.

If you’re at the Alter Markt and head towards Seestrasse, you’ll likely pass . It was built in 1254 AD and now is home to the city’s archive. It also serves as a venue for regular open-air theatre performances. A few metres further at Olof-Palme-Platz, you’ll see the which stages operas, concerts and plays.

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