Wismar's History

Town Chronicle

A history of stories... this is what has helped make Wismar what it is today. We have put together for you a chronicle of the most important events to have taken place in Wismar's history, from 1229 to the present day

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The Hanseatic Era

Wismar was one of the lynchpins of the Hanseatic League. A triple alliance signed by the towns of Lübeck, Wismar and Rostock in 1259 served to secure trade routes both at sea and on land, not least from pirate attacks.

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The society 'Friends of the Poeler Kogge' have made it their aim to reconstruct a working fourteenth century Hanseatic cog from what was one of the largest shipwrecks from the Hanseatic Era, and now present the finished ship to all those interested.

The Swedish Era

Schwedenköpfe – busts literally called 'Swedish Heads' in reference to the type of wig they wear – can be found in front of the Baumhaus in the Old Harbour, and are an emblem of the town. A fully preserved original is one of the many treasures to be found in the Civic History Museum Schabbellhaus.

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Brick Gothic

Wismar is well known for its masterpieces of sacred brick Gothic architecture.

Visit the exhibition 'Red Brick Gothic' in St. Marien and St. Georgen, and learn about techniques of gothic brick construction and medieval craftsmanship used in their construction.

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