The guides include a brief overview of UNESCO and the World Heritage Convention as well detailing why Wismar and Stralsund achieved world heritage status in 2002. The tours themselves are fully illustrated, covering fifteen significant landmarks in each town including churches, convents, marketplaces, town halls, gatehouses and harbour areas. A comprehensive text covering both the historical background as well as the particular world heritage value of each location is provided. Technical terms are explained and inside tips given, and the guide is complete with a detailed fold-out map of both towns' world heritage sites.
The guides are aimed both at travellers interested in culture and learning with a particular enthusiasm for world heritage as well as residents of both Hanseatic towns, and are currently available in German – bound with a banderole in an attractive package – for just 3 Euros from the Tourist Offices in both towns, and from June 2014, in the new UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Lübsche Strasse 23, Wismar.
Mayor of Wismar Thomas Beyer (2nd from left) the Lord Mayor of Stralsund Dr. Alexander Badrow (3rd from left) present the new Welterbe-Rundgänge for both towns together with World Heritage Manager Norbert Huschner from Wismar (left) and Steffi Behrendt from Stralsund (right).