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.
Poland this Friday is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, which pitted Polish citizens and the resistance against the Nazis. The rebellion is deeply embedded in Polish memory.
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