The Hanseatic city of Rostock and the UNESCO city of Stralsund offer fascinating insights into the history of maritime trade. The spectacular chalk cliffs on the island of Rügen are a favourite among visitors too.
Rostock on the Baltic coast is often described as the "gateway to the north." The city experienced its heyday in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries as a focal point of maritime trade. The gabled buildings and imposing brick churches are a reminder of the city's historic wealth. Stralsund, also a Hanseatic city, is a UNESCO world heritage site. In its old town, five hundred buildings spanning eight centuries are listed as heritage sites. The old city hall is considered a gem of northern German Brick Gothic - a style often characterised by shimmering red bricks. The seaside village of Binz on Germany's largest island of Rügen, boasts a beautiful vista of white villas. Its most famous feature are the chalk cliffs, which were immortalsed by artist Caspar David Friedrich.
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