Rostock (Berlin), Germany
Wismar: A Baltic Beauty & UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Approximately 5 Hours
Situated near the legendary Via Regia -- a Roman Road and the former east-west trading route -- Wismar has been a well-known trading destination for hundreds of years. It was founded in 1229 and was among the first cities established in Mecklenburg. Merchants, guild-members, barrel-makers, tanners, sailors, fishermen, traders and builders were drawn in to create a flourishing commercial center humming with friendly hustle and bustle. As a consequence of the thriving trade, pirates were present too. It is rumored that Klaus Stoertebecker, a legend in his own time and a well-known freebooter, was born in Wismar and lived here from 1370 to 1386.
Depart Rostock by coach and transfer directly to Wismar -- an approximately one-hour drive. During a short, guided walk, you will enjoy a brief overview of this quaint Hanseatic City. Pass along cobblestone streets with Gothic houses, Baroque buildings and Renaissance façades to see the neo-Classical Rathaus (Town Hall), the water tower, the historic drainage system, and merchants' houses from the Middle Ages.
Take advantage of some free time to browse for souvenirs.
You've come to the right place for good beer. In the Hanseatic period, the citizens of Wismar drank Mumme, a strong dark beer. Enjoy a beer tasting and a German pretzel within the nostalgic atmosphere of the Brauerei am Lohberg -- a brewery and pub that first opened in the Middle Ages. You will also have the chance to sample the medieval Mumme beer. Although it is not as strong as it used to be, it is still very tasty.
Return to Rostock by coach after having experienced this lovely city and the centuries-old tradition of beer brewing in Wismar.
Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience. There are approximately 13 - 50 steps at the brewery. Minimum age to sample beer is 21 years. Photo identification is required. Terrain is uneven with cobblestones. Shops in Wismar are closed on Sundays and holidays. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars. Use of public restroom facilities costs 50¢ - €1 .