Greifswald, Germany

Greifswald is a town in northeastern Germany. The town is situated approximately 200 km to the north of Berlin in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, borders the Baltic Sea and is crossed by a small river called the Ryck.

The small river Ryck passes through the old town which is about 5 kilometers (3 mi) away from the Dänische Wieck ("Danish Bay", on the southern end of the Bay of Greifswald). The small nearby islands of Koos and Riems are also part of the town of Greifswald.

Attractions include the town's marketplace and the many historic buildings. Almost all the wooden gables and facades on the old buildings have been painstakingly restored.

Things to see and do

* Eldena Abbey
* Market place
* Historic buildings
* Old town

Cruise Season – March - Nov
Currency – Euro (€) (EUR)
Language – German
Land Area – 50.50 sq km’s
Population – 54,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 49

Port Location – The main port of Greifswald is named Greifswald-Wieck and is located at the mouth of the Ryck river.

Transport Links – Rostock airport (Laage, RLG) has few international flights, so the best choice are usually the airports of Berlin and Hamburg.

Trains from Hamburg and Berlin to the major cities (Rostock, Schwerin, Stralsund) leave every 1-2 hours. There are also regular train connections from Poland (Szczecin).

From Denmark (Gedser) there are frequent ferry connections to Rostock. Trelleborg in Sweden has several departures a day to Rostock and Sassnitz on Rügen Island. There are also ferry lines from several Eastern Baltic ports, primarily to Rostock.

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