… is a town by the sea

geographical location: 54° 18' N, 13° 0,5' O

    Surrounded by water

    The Historical Town Centre is surrounded by ponds and the Strelasund-a sound. The town is considered »the gateway to the island of Rügen«. It is a very interesting starting point for tourists due to its rich history and architectural treasures. The Historical Town Centre is on the World Cultural Heritage List of the UNESCO since 2002. The National Park Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft borders directly on Stralsund.

    Lighthouse of the Hanseatic League

    Stralsund was founded in 1234. In the Middle Ages the town was one of the most important members of the Hanseatic League. The historical Old Town Centre is a special landmark of the town. The churches dominate the townscape. Stralsund lives from ship-building and tourism.

    Stralsund today

    The modern highlights are the bridge to the island of Rügen and the Ozeaneum-the German Oceanographic Museum. The harbour of the town is the berth for numerous sailboats and the tall ship »the Gorch Fock«. The harbour is the starting point for ferries to the island of Hiddensee. Every year hundreds of anglers are drawn to Stralsund by the catch of herring and hornfish. The ornithological highlight in spring and autumn is the arrival of the ca. 70,000 migrating cranes that stop over in the area around Stralsund.


    • Church St. Marien

    • Church St. Nikolai

    • Kultural church St. Jakobi

    • Townhouse

    • St John's Monastery

    • Healing Spirit Monastery

    • Oceaneum

    • The German Oceanographic Museum

    • The Museum of Cultural History with the Hiddensee gold jewellery

    • The Museum House

    • Rügenbrücke- bridge to Rügen

    • Gorch Fock I

    • Harbour

    Events 2024

    Here you will find some of Stralsund's event dates in 2024, such as the Wallensteintage, the Open Monument Day and much more.

    Weekly market on the Neuer Markt - Tuesdays and Fridays, Wednesday regatta on the Strelasund

    1.–4. June Harbour Days Stralsund

    Harbour days on the promenade - Come on board when the Sundpromenade is transformed into a maritime mile with parties and music stages, family and children's fun, whirling carousels and a traders' market.

    1. July Sundswimming

    Germany's oldest and most important long-distance swimming event takes place for the 58th time this summer. Starting in Altefähr on the island of Rügen, the 2,315 metre-long course leads across the Strelasund towards Stralsund's lido.

    20.–23. July Wallenstein Days

    The Wallensteintage Stralsund are a historical festival in Stralsund's Old Town with a long tradition. Every year, we Stralsund residents celebrate the successful resistance against the siege of the imperial troops led by Wallenstein in 1628. Experience a journey back in time to the 30 Years' War in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town. A colourful folk festival with traders and craftsmen, a festival and plague parade, jugglers and singing.

    11.-13. August Pottery market

    The Stralsund pottery market will once again take place on the "Alter Markt" from 11 to 13 August 2023, a "must" for many locals and numerous tourists this coming August.

    Tableware and garden ceramics, clay jewellery and porcelain art - everyone will find something to suit them here.

    8. September Open Monument Day

    “True sign. Contemporary Witnesses to History” is the motto for the Open Monument Day in 2024. On this day of action, monuments and their uniqueness will be in the spotlight.

    15.–17. September Kunsthandwerkermarkt

    At the craft market there will once again be an extensive range of artistic handicrafts such as jewelry creations, ceramics, natural soaps, felt work, fashionable creations or artfully crafted silverware. For your physical well-being, various stands will offer their culinary delicacies.

    21. Oktober Rügenbridgemarathon

    Around 4,000 running enthusiasts from near and far come to the Sound to take advantage of the unique opportunity to cross the Rügen Bridge on the cobbler's black horse over various distances (from 6 km to marathon).

    21. Dezember Artmarket at SPEICHER

    Artists and craftsmen from the region present and sell their works in the historic printing presses of the museum workshop on the ground floor and in the café on the first floor.