Stralsund, Germany

Along the coast of the Baltic Sea in an area known as the German Riviera, you’ll find this pretty, historic town. With its city centre built on an island, Stralsund has stunning water views from every angle. Thanks to its vital role in the Hanseatic League (a union of merchants and market towns in the 13th to 15th centuries), the town harbour has long been one of Germany’s major centres of trade.

The entire town has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it’s filled with beautiful traditional buildings including the town hall, churches, cathedrals and monasteries. Take a stroll through the cobbled streets of the Old Town where red dominates the skyline thanks to the distinctive red brick of its Gothic architecture. Climb the 366 steps up the spire of the bell tower in St Mary’s Church (St Marienkirche) for spectacular views over the town of Stralsund and the Baltic Sea.

With its vibrant trade and fishing harbour and historic architecture, many cruise ships are drawn to dock in Stralsund. Its large sandy beach is popular with tourists and locals alike.

Whether you’re visiting Stralsund to get a taste of history or to sample some traditional fare at a seaside restaurant, you’ll find plenty to entertain you in this lively little town.

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Port Location

Cruise ships dock at the seaport called ‘Seehafen Stralsund’ on Hafenstrasse 20, a very short walk to the centre of town.

Port Facilities

Facilities near the port in Stralsund include:

  • Tourist information centre
  • Public toilets
  • Restaurants
  • Internet cafés
  • ATMs
  • Post office
  • Supermarkets.

How To Get Around

Stralsund is compact and easy to explore on foot (especially its Old Town where you’ll find the majority of attractions). A small, well-organised public transport network covers the city, comprising buses and ferries. Cycling is also popular in the region, with several long-distance cycling routes passing through the town. Cyclists should be prepared for cobblestones in the Old Town, which are difficult to ride on.

Travel times from the port in Stralsund:

On foot:

  • It is a 5 minute journey to Ozeaneum
  • It is a 7 minute journey to Gorch Fock 1
  • It is an 11 minute journey to Rathaus.

By car/taxi:

  • It is a 1 minute journey to Ozeaneum
  • It is a 2 minute journey to Gorch Fock 1
  • It is a 5 minute journey to Rathaus
  • It is a 29 minute journey to Stralsund-Barth Airport.

By bicycle:

  • It is a 1 minute journey to Ozeaneum
  • It is a 2 minute journey to Gorch Fock 1
  • It is a 3 minute journey to Rathaus.

General Information

  • Currency – The currency in Stralsund is the Euro (€). Notes come in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 denominations. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and €1 and €2 denominations.

  • Time Zone – Stralsund runs on Central European Time (CET), which is one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) from November to February. During daylight savings, which comes into effect between March and October, it moves two hours ahead.

  • Weather – Stralsund’s climate is cold and temperate with plenty of rainfall. July is the hottest month in Stralsund, with temperatures averaging at 17.2 degrees Celsius. January is the coldest month, with the average temperature being -0.3 degrees Celsius.

Highlights

  • Ozeaneum One of four buildings comprising the Oceanographic Museum, the Ozeaneum is Stralsund’s largest museum. This underwater paradise is filled with aquariums, pools and interactive exhibits. Featured sea creatures include sea turtles, delicate compass jellyfish and seahorses. Other exhibits cover biodiversity, seashells, and creepy creatures – including the terrifying deep sea angler fish. The largest aquarium is filled with 2.6 million litres of water and is home to a range of creatures from the Atlantic Ocean, including sharks and stingrays. Be prepared to queue as hundreds of tourists visit the Ozeaneum every day.

  • Rathaus – In the Alter Markt (public market square) in the Old Town, you’ll find one of the most beautiful examples of secular Gothic red-brick architecture: the Stralsund Rathaus (or Town Hall). Built in 1370, the Rathaus has copper turrets and ornate portals. Inside, you’ll find black pillars, Baroque altars and paintings depicting the life of Jesus.

  • Gorch Fock 1 – Visit this striking sailing ship, which was constructed as a training vessel for the German navy in 1933. At 82 metres long, this beautiful barque has three masts and 23 huge white sails. Considered part of their spoils of war, the Gorch Fock 1 was removed to the Ukraine by the Russian army. Now back in her home port, you can view the Gorch Fock 1, a proud part of Stralsund’s history. 

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