The entire city centre of Stralsund is characterised by its wealth of historical building structures. Stralsund is not a UNESCO world cultural heritage sight for nothing: Imposing churches and dignified town houses in typical Hanseatic brick Gothic style bear witness to the former riches and power of the Hanseatic city. The famous Rathaus (City Hall) from the 13th century with its fascinating façade is a nice place to start a sightseeing tour of Stralsund. From the Alter Markt (Old Market) you walk through picturesque alleys to the impressive city gates of the old city wall.
It is worth a trip just to see the Gothic brick churches St. Nikolai, St. Marien and St. Jacobi and their impressive art treasures. All of Stralsund has been dipped in Hanseatic and maritime Flair and breathes the good Baltic Sea air: Stralsund's old city is surrounded by lakes and sea, the harbour with the brick-built Alter Speicher (Old Store), the typical harbour pubs and fish restaurants is a real highlight. Stralsund's harbour is home to the imposing Gorch Fock – the historical sailing training ship has gained fame worldwide as an "ambassador of Germany".
Fresh fish, smoked fish and the traditional Bismarck herring – Stralsund's gastronomy is strongly influenced by its proximity to the sea. Fischermann’s Restaurant is a good location for fine fish dishes in a Stralsund harbour atmosphere. Stralsund is also home to numerous international restaurants and interesting themed restaurants. For example, the medieval restaurant Wallensteinkeller serves hearty meat dishes in one of the old guard houses in the medieval city wall.
At Stralsund's Alter Markt (Old Market) there are several popular restaurants set against an impressive backdrop; from the terrace of the Goldener Löwe you have a great view of Nikolaikirche. And in Wulflamstuben in the historical Wulflamhaus you can enjoy traditional cuisine in one of the oldest remaining town houses in Northern Germany. On the menu in the stylish Restaurant Vineta in the Wyndham Stralsund HanseDom Hotel at Grünhufer Bogen are top products from the sea, such as zander fillet in brown butter and river crab served on artichoke hearts.
Stralsund and party? Why not! The countless pubs and bars in the old city and at Stralsund harbour provide an exciting programme for the evenings. By the harbour you find traditional pubs with raw seafarer flair, elegant bars with a view of the sea and stylish clubs. For example, a charming historical harbour bar is the bar Zur Fähre.
The bars and pubs in Stralsund's old city, such as Bar Hemingway serve tempting cocktails and snacks. Stralsund's bars and clubs can also get a bit more spirited. Regular dance evenings with live music invite you to put on your dancing shoes. One of the best-known discotheques in the city is Funworld Stralsund. And Hansedom water park regularly hosts beach parties and disco nights in the pool.