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Alter Hafen

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  • Day275

    Day 276: Wismar Day-Trip

    November 17, 2017 in Germany

    Final day-trip out of Hamburg today, and it was definitely the longest too. We were heading to the town of Wismar, another of the important Hanseatic League cities along Germany's northern coast. This one was to the north-east, not really much further than Lubeck, but since it's a much small city the transport connections were slower and more difficult.

    We left Hamburg around 9:30am on a train heading north-east, for about 90 minutes. Changed at a little place called Schwerin for the train north to Wismar, finally arriving at midday. Since we had to get back to Hamburg at some point, and it was going to take another 2.5 hours to get back, we didn't want to spend all that much time out here. Decided we'd get the 3:15pm train back, so that gave us just over three hours to see the city.

    Walked down to the main square which was quite nice but definitely not the greatest main square we've seen. Probably not in the top 10! But the main attractions here are the huge brick Gothic cathedrals. There are three of them in town - one was largely untouched by the war, another survived until about three weeks before the ceasefire when it was hit by Allied bombs and rebuilt in the 1990s, and a third which was heavily damaged and eventually bulldozed by the Communist government in the 1960s, though the enormous clock tower still remains.

    Was fascinating to look around the three churches and see the differences in approach and size. They're a real testament to how important the city was back in the day as well - not many cities could boast of three enormous brick cathedrals! With daylight waning, we had a look around the harbourfront where the "Schwedenkopfe" are located - literally Swedish heads. Carved wooden heads of Swedish people that guarded the harbour entrances, remembering that this area was part of Sweden for about 200 years and it's actually not very far away - just across the Baltic!

    Made a hurried trot back to the station but made it in plenty of time, where we boarded the 45 minute train back to Schwerin, then waited about 30 minutes for the connecting train back to Hamburg. Another 2.5 hour journey in total, but it was worth it! And I got to listen to a whole bunch of podcasts! Neither of us felt inclined to go back out for dinner (even though the weather had been sunny today, first time in about two weeks), so we just grabbed a feed at the station. I had Burger King and Shandos had some fried rice.
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  • Day1

    1. Etappe geschafft

    July 24 in Germany

    Gerade eben sind wir in Wismar angekommen und warten jetzt noch auf unsere Gastgeberin für heute. Gleich geht es dann noch auf eine kleine Erkundungstour durch die schöne Altstadt und den Hafen.

    Anmerkung am Rande: Wer denkt, dass die Landschaft an der Ostseeküste spiegelglatt ist, der hat weit gefehlt. Es gibt hier zwar keine riesen Steigungen wie im Harz oder Weserbergland, aber trotzdem waren wir vom Auf und Ab ziemlich überrascht.Read more

  • Day2

    Tag 2 startet...

    July 25 in Germany

    ...mit einer großen Schüssel Müsli. Damit geht es gleich gut gestärkt auf die neue Etappe. Gestern Abend haben wir uns nach einem Spaziergang durch die Stadt noch vom Pizzadienst beliefern lassen.

  • Day82

    Scenes from Wismar, Germany.

    August 5, 2016 in Germany

    Old Hanseatic town dating back to the 13th century. Here are some images of the town Tree House where people manned the tree sized logs to close the port and the sea gate where the town wall met the water.

  • Day1

    St George's Kirche

    May 16, 2016 in Germany

    Another bombed out church. The Brits destroyed this one two weeks before the end of WWII and it was just rebuilt in 2005 for the cost of 40€ million. Originally built in the thirteenth century and a UNESCO landmark church. You can see the George and Dragon on the handles of the church door.

  • Day82

    Last beer before departure

    August 5, 2016 in Germany

    Stopped at the last remaining brew house in Wismar for some beer and snacks before heading out. Wismar used to house over 150 breweries due to their proximity to the seaport and ease of facilitating The beer trade in the region. There were also one of the leading hop growers in the region at one time. The last two pig pics at from a bridge at one of the small drainage canals Just thought they were funny...Read more

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