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Stralsund and Wismar are two of the most important heritage sites in Germany, located in the north-eastern region of Europe
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Stralsund and Wismar are two of the most important heritage sites in Germany, located in the north-eastern region of Europe. Both cities have a long and rich history, with Stralsund being founded as early as 1234 and Wismar being established in 1229. Both cities have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2002 due to their unique architecture, which reflects the influence of different cultures throughout their history. Stralsund is known for its Gothic brick architecture, which is a combination of Germanic and Baltic influences. The city was an important trading port during the Hanseatic League period, when it was one of the most powerful cities in Europe. Today, Stralsund's historic centre has been beautifully preserved with many buildings from this period still standing. These include St Mary's Church (Marienkirche), St Nicholas' Church (Nikolaikirche) and Town Hall (Rathaus). Visitors can also explore several museums such as the German Oceanographic Museum or take a boat tour around Stralsund's harbour to admire its stunning views. Wismar is another beautiful heritage site located on Germany’s Baltic coast that has been listed by UNESCO since 2002 due to its unique blend of Gothic brick architecture combined with Dutch influences from its time under Swedish rule between 1648-1803. The city’s old town centre features many impressive buildings such as St George’s Church (St Georgenkirche), Town Hall (Rathaus) and Market Square (Marktplatz). Visitors can also explore several museums such as the Old Shipyard Museum or take a walk along Wismar Bay for some stunning views over this picturesque harbour town. In conclusion, both Stralsund and Wismar are two remarkable heritage sites that offer visitors an insight into Germany’s past through their unique architecture reflecting various cultural influences throughout their histories. Whether you want to explore these cities on foot or take a boat tour around their harbours – both locations will provide you with unforgettable experiences.
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