• Greifswald with its 60 000 inhabitants is located right next to the Baltic Sea, between the islands of Rügen and Usedom.
• Founded in 1250, the town soon became a member of the Hanseatic League. The traces of this heritage can be found in the historic town centre with its medieval town wall and its Brick Gothic buildings as well as in the Ruins of Eldena Abbey.
• Greifswald is home of the largest Museum Harbor in Germany. More than 50 historic ships are moored here and set sail on a regular basis.
• Apart from the rich Hanseatic heritage, visitors will encounter a young, dynamic and creative atmosphere due to the more than 10 000 students. Greifswald’s university was founded in 1456 and is one of the oldest academic institutions in Europe.
• One third of Greifswald’s inhabitants work in research, development and higher education. More than 70 research institutes and high-tech companies have situated themselves within the vicinity of the University.
• Greifswald is the birthplace of the prominent Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich. Visitors can trace his life and work at his former family home. The art gallery of the Pomeranian State Museum exhibits several of his well-known paintings.
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