City Halls Gothic Landmarks

Gothic town hall in Stralsund

Gothic town hall in Stralsund, Germany

The old town hall on the Old Market Square dates back to 13th century. It is the landmark of the city and one of the most important secular buildings of North German Brick Gothic architecture. I was especially impressed by the huge show facade.

Doors Renaissance

Renaissance portal in Stralsund

Renaissance portal in Stralsund, Germany

This Renaissance portal dating back to 1568 can be found at the address Jacobiturmstraße 32 in the city of Stralsund. The three terracotta panels are considered to be created in the workshop of the sculptor Statius von Düren.

Coat of Arms

Coat of arms of Stralsund during Swedish era

Emblem of Stralsund during Swedish era

This heraldic achievement is located at the former seat of the Swedish garrison commandant in Stralsund. It refers to the era when Stralsund was part of Swedish Pomerania. The coat of arms of Stralsund depicted in the blue field is supported by the Swedish lion and the Pomeranian griffin.

Fountains Sculptures

The Garrulous Women of Stralsund

'The Garrulous Women' in Stralsund, Germany

I wonder about what these three maids are talking? The fountain and the group of girls was created by the sculptur Günther Kaden. He titled his work Drei-Mädchen-Brunnen (Three Girls Fountain). People of Stralsund prefer to call it Die Geschwätzigen Weiber (The Garrulous Women).


Gorch Fock (1933) in Stralsund, Germany

Gorch Fock (1933) in Stralsund, Germany

The Gorch Fock was built in 1933 as school ship for the German Reichsmarine. Today it is a museum ship in Stralsund. The name refers to the author Johann Wilhelm Kinau, who used the pseudonym Gorch Fock for his works.


West portal of St Nicholas’ Church in Stralsund

West portal of St. Nicholas' Church in Stralsund, Germany

St. Nicholas’ Church (Nikolaikirche) is the oldest of the three major parish churches in Stralsund. It was dedicated in 1279 to St. Nicholas of Myra, the patron saint of sailors.  Inside the astronomical clock dating back to 14th century is worth a visit.


St. Nicholas’ Church in Stralsund

St. Nicholas' Church in Stralsund, Germany

View of St. Nicholas’ Church (Nikolaikirche) taken while crusing the Strela Sound with a snug sailing boat. A speciality of this church are the different roofs of the towers. Only the southern tower is covered with a Baroque roof, the other tower has a nearly flat one.


Ozeaneum in Stralsund

Ozeaneum in Stralsund, Germany

The Ozeanum is a public aquarium located in the historical harbour of Stralsund. It is part of the German Oceanographic Museum (Deutsches Meeresmuseum) and displays primarily sea life of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.