Greifswald - A Town of Rich Tradition
Greifswald is an old university and Hanseatic town. In particular, the University, founded in 1456, shaped the historical townscape and is today an important economic factor. Greifswald is a young town and is one of the German municipalities, whose population has increased noticeably for years.
The silhouette of the town centre is shaped by the three Gothic churches from the 13th Century. Not only the squares around the Town Hall, with their old gabled houses, but also the waterside terraces of the museum harbour, where historical ships are moored, invite guests and locals for a stroll.
The town and the landscape of Vorpommern also inspired the famous Romantic painter, Caspar David Friedrich. He eternalised motives such as the Eldena Abbey Ruins and the chalk cliffs on the island of Rügen in various paintings and drawings.
The State Museum of Pomerania, Theater Vorpommern, the Literature Centre in the birth house of writer Wolfgang Koeppen, the Hans Fallada House, as well as international festivals and events such as Nordische Klang, the polenmARkT, the Bach Week and performances as part of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern guarantee a rich cultural offer throughout the year. Cultural life in Greifswald is further enriched by a number of student initiatives, clubs and festivals, such as the Greifswald International Students Fesitval.