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About Wismar

The small city of Wismar, in Mecklenburg Western Pomerania on the Baltic Sea, is crammed with history and picturesque charm. Established in the 13th century, it was a powerful Hanseatic city known for brewing excellent beer and weaving wool. And a 200-year Swedish occupation strongly influenced the architecture as well as the style of the city.

The historic heart of Wismar is a UNESCO World cultural Heritage Site, with a wonderful assortment of landmark churches, and the remarkable 14th century red brick cathedral of St Nikolai, one of the biggest churches in Europe. It also boasts all manner of lovely buildings from Hanseatic Gothik brick to Swedish gable houses.

The huge central market square is surrounded by an eclectic collection of architecture, including the Dutch Renaissance style pavilion Wasserkunst, the neoclassical Town Hall and the Old Swede restaurant, built in 1380. The best way to experience this city is to wander the cobbles. But if your feet get tired there are plenty of cafés and bars to choose from. Or try a smoked fish roll in the old harbour.

 

Shore excursions in Wismar

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Berlin’s Top 10

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 12 hours

Since the fall of the Wall in 1989, Berlin has visibly flourished and its transition has made it an attractive city full of opposites.

Travel to Berlin by coach, where your local guide will meet you. One of your first stops will be at the remnants of the Berlin Wall, East Side Gallery. Today, approximately 106 paintings by artists from all over the world cover this memorial for freedom and make it the largest open-air gallery in the world.

Some of the most famous highlights which you’ll see are; Bebel Platz where, below ground level, lies the Empty Library, the city’s most original memorial, created to commemorate ostracised authors whose books were burned. Check-Point Charlie, the legendary border crossing; the Potsdamer Platz, formerly a no-man's land between East and West where the first gap in the Berlin Wall was made in 1989. Next you’ll travel to the famous Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of Berlin’s history and the Reichstag.

Drive through Kurfürstendamm, Berlin’s ‘Champs Elysées’, passing the impressive Schloss Charlottenburg’, and the Gendarmenmarkt. Have your camera ready as you pass the main railway station, Hauptbahnhof, the building has been dubbed an architectural and logistical wonder. Next, it’s time for some retail therapy where you’ll enjoy some time at leisure to browse the numerous shops for souvenirs.

A traditional German lunch is included and will be served at a local pub-style restaurant.

Essential information

The coach journey to/from Berlin is approximately 3 ½ hours. This tour involves some walking at the photo stops. The time spent in Berlin will be subject to traffic conditions and may cause a variation in time given for exploration in Berlin.

Fairytale Schwerin

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the delightful lakeside city of Schwerin, with its fairytale castle and stunning Cathedral

Surrounded by lakes and waterways in the middle of Germany’s most beautiful lake districts is a city with a delightful combination of nature, culture and exquisite architecture. Enjoy a guided walk around the Old Town Schwerin passing some of the City’s main highlights, including the Mecklenburg State Theatre and Schwerin Cathedral, with its imposing Romanesque-Gothic red-brick exterior.

No visit to Schwerin is complete without exploring the magnificent 19th century fairytale Castle with its impressive towers and turrets. Its interior is certainly fit for a princess – the rooms are sumptuously decorated with silk wallpaper, richly gilded objets d’art and a treasure-trove of pictures and furniture. Wander through the staterooms including the Dining Room, the Red Audience Chamber, the Winter Hall and the Sylvester Gallery with your guide and listen to tales from a bygone era.

Before leaving this delightful city, enjoy some time at leisure.

Essential information

This tour is by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 2 hours’ walking, several steps at the Castle and cobble-stoned streets. The drive from Wismar to Schwerin takes approximately 45 minutes.

Snapshot of Berlin

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 12 hours

This tour introduces you to many of Berlin’s highlights, leaving you with the afternoon free to explore at your leisure.

Upon arrival in Berlin, have your camera to hand, as your guide takes you on a panoramic drive around the city’s highlights. En route, you’ll pass by the Bebel Platz where, below ground level, lies the Empty Library, the city’s most original memorial, created to commemorate ostracised authors whose books were burned.

Some of the most famous highlights which you’ll see are the remnants of the Berlin Wall; Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church; the Brandenburger Gate and the Reichstag. There will be a brief photo stop at the legendary border crossing of the former Check-Point Charlie.

During the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore Berlin independently from Potsdamer Platz. Have a spot of lunch, do some shopping or perhaps visit one of the many top attractions.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. The coach journey to/from Berlin is approximately 3½ hours. Free time is generally around 2 to 3 hours, but this may vary depending on local conditions. The advertised drop off point may vary, so please pay careful attention to the pick-up point and time. Passengers will be provided with a map for independent exploration

Snapshot of Wismar

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 2½ hours

Uncover tales of Siege and Swedish occupation as you tour the UNESCO city of Wismar.

Wismar was amongst the first cities established in Mecklenburg, a small stream to the east gave the city its name. Sit back and relax as you drive to the city centre and your guide tells tales of how merchants, guild-members, barrel makers, sailors, fishermen, traders and builders were all drawn in from many lands turning the city into a popular trading post.

As you walk through the historic streets of this UNESCO World Heritage site you will see a mix of gothic architecture, ancient city walls and merchants houses that date back to the middle ages.

Continuing on through the old city you’ll uncover a trio of stunning Gothic churches, St. Mary’s and St. Georges, near the market place, and St. Nicholas’ near the harbour. You’ll also pass by the town hall, the magnificent Fürstenhof Palace and the Old Swede, built in 1380 it is Wismar’s oldest surviving example of a merchants’ residence.

After your walking tour, you’ll have some free time to shop for souvenirs or enjoy a refreshment before returning to Adonia.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There will be approximately 90 minutes of walking on this excursion, flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of this tour may be in reverse to avoid congestion at popular sites.

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