Stralsund is a small city of 57000 inhabitants in the region of Western Pomerania on Germany's Baltic sea coast, opposite the island of RĂ¼gen, 200km north of Berlin and 220km northeast of Hamburg. It's a beautiful city whose historic core is surrounded along the south and west by a large moat, the Knieperteich and on its northern side by the Strelasund sound. The centre of the historic core is the Alter Markt square, which contains a number of brick gothic buildings, such as for instance the St Nicholas church and the town hall. In 1293 Stralsund became a member of the Hanseatic League and subsequently prospered from the commerce in the Baltic sea, with 300 ships under its flag. After the 30 years war Stralsund became part of Sweden for almost 200 years, returning to Germany at the beginning of the 19th century. During World War II Stralsund was partly destroyed by British and American bombing raids. Following the German reunification, since the 1990s a large number of historic buildings, which had been neglected during the Communist period, were restored. The historic core of Stralsund has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2002.

01 Alter Markt 02 Townhall and St Nicholas church 03 Alter Markt square at night
04 Town hall at night 05 Wulflamhaus 06 Town hall at night 07 Eastern side with Commandantenhus 08 Facades and church tower 09 Wulflamhaus at night
10 Alter Markt square 11 Alter Markt square 12 Commandantenhus 13 Facades and church tower 14 Facades and church tower
01 St Nicholas church 02 St Nicholas church main entrance 03 St Nicholas church colonnade 04 St Nicholas church at night 05 St Nicholas church 06 St Mary church at dusk
07 St Mary church at dusk 08 St Mary church at dusk 09 St Jacob church tower at night 10 St Jacob church tower at night 11 St Mary church tower at dusk 12 St Mary church facade
13 St Mary church portal 14 St Mary church window 15 St Mary church bell 16 St Nicholas church 17 St Jacob church 18 St Jacob church tower 19 St Nicholas church
20 St Mary church 21 St Nicholas church towers 01 Altstadt Hotel Peiss 02 Neuer Markt square
03 Neuer Markt square 04 Gerhart Hauptann primary school 05 Frankenwall street 06 Restaurant menu 07 Deutsche Bank building
08 Old brick wall house 09 Ossenreyer street pedestrian area 10 Pedestrian area 11 Ossenreyer street pedestrian area 12 Orange house facade 13 Ossenreyer street pedestrian area
14 Langentrasse 15 Ossenreyer street pedestrian area 16 Ossenreyer street pedestrian area 17 Ossenreyer street pedestrian area 18 Neuer Markt square
19 Neuer Markt square 20 Townhall facade and gate 01 Gorch Fock school ship 02 Gorch Fock school ship 03 Stralsund skyline
04 Stralsund skyline with Ruegen bridge 05 St Nicholas church 06 Stralsund skyline
07 Stralsund shipyard
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