The joint acceptance of the „Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar" into the UNESCO World Heritage list in June 2002 was a wonderful compliment to our cities, citizens and the intensive cooperation of recent years. It provides confirmation for the two towns confirmation of their extraordinary global and cultural value, to whose protection both cities have both jointly committed themselves. We would like to present the architectural and cultural treasures of our world heritage towns to you.

You can discover a wealth of valuable evidence of the medieval Hanseatic period in the middle of restored merchant family houses and imposing brick churches. The cultural influence of the period under Swedish rule still characterizes important buildings of both towns to this day. Come with us on a journey of discovering two towns situated directly by the sea, which preserve their history and welcome the future. Enjoy the maritime atmosphere and the traditions of the Hanseatic period.

We look forward to being able to welcome you soon to our towns of Stralsund and Wismar.

Dr. Alexander Badrow
Mayor of Stralsund
Thomas Beyer
Mayor of Wismar