Greifswald is a town in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in Germany. Greifswald is a very old town and gained city rights as early as 1240. In 1278, Greifswald became a part of the Hanseatic network and in 1456, the university was founded.
From 1648 to 1815, Greifswald was a part of Sweden's northern german territories. Following the second world war, the town became a part of the Soviet occupation zone. The town faired rather well during and after the war, but during the Soviet and East German reign, the economy and infrastructure declined. Following the reunion of the two German states, huge sums of money has been pumped into the area to help improve the situation and to lower the unemployment rates.
There are no regular flights to the area. From May to September, Air Berlin flies to Flughafen Heringsdorf on the island of Usedom from Dortmund, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart. OLT runs services during roughly the same time from Cologne/Bonn, Zürich and Munich. The polish airline JetAir ran a service betweev Usedom and Wrocław during the autumn of 2011, but it is unclear whether the service will come back.
The service is only upheld on Saturdays. There is a transfer from the airport to the seaside resorts of Ahlbeck, Heringsdorf and Bansin. Transer is booked via the airport. The only way to get to Greifswald from the airport is by cab or rental car, which may be booked through the airport service, phone +49 3837 62 97 34, fax +49 3837 62 98 75 3. There are plans to extend the Usedom Bäderbahn (see below) to the airport during 2012, but until those plans come true, you have to get off at Usedom station and catch a cab to the airport.
Die Bahn, operates trains to and from Greifswald. The journey from Berlin takes about 2 h 45 min and the ticket is ca €32. A ticket from Stralsund is about €9 and takes roughly 20 minutes. Tickets may be purchased on board (Note: only on inter-city trains, additional fees apply) at railway stations, in ticket machines, through the web page of Die Bahn or through their call center, phone: +491805996633
Stadtwerke Greifswald runs the six (1, 4, 5, 6, 7 och 20) bus lines in Greifswald. All lines, except nr 5, leave from and/or pass the bus station (ZOB, Zentraler Omnibus-Bahnhof) in the western part of the town centre. Note that the lines may take different routes depending on time and day.
Line 1: ZOB - Bahnhof Süd (Greifswalds southern railway station) - Galgenkampwiesen (Neuer Friedhof, The New Cemetary)
Line 4: ZOB - Schönwalde - ZOB.
Line 5: Wieck-Ostseeviertel - Schönwalde I/II - EKZ, Elisen Park – Bahnhof Süd - Schillerplatz-Galgenkampwiesen.
Line 6: ZOB - Dompassage - Wieck/Brücke
Line 7: ZOB - Bahnhofstrasse - OEZ-Wieck/Brücke
Line 20: ZOB-Ostseeviertel-Schönwalde-Neuer Friedhof
ATM's can be found at Sparda-Bank at Schuhhagen 2. The general currency, as in the rest of Germany, is euro. Most credit cards are accepted, but always check before you buy - some restaurants or smaller shops do not accept credit cards.
The pedestrian street Lange Strasse has many small shops.
The shopping mall Dompassage in central Greifswald has about 25 shops and a cinema.
Elisen Park is a shopping mall with around 40 shops, cafés and restaurants. Most shops are open Mon-Fri 0900-2000, Sat 0900-1800. Closed on Sundays.
Alter Speicher, Rossmühlenstrasse 25, ☎ 03834-777 00, . This restaurant, situated in the hotel with the same name and on the very edge of the town center, next to the river Ryck, has a big and tasty menu. The guest may choose to sit in the bar or in the restaurant, parts of which has glass walls and roof.€3-22. edit
Jambo. Jambo is an african theme restaurant, next door to Alter Speicher. edit
Fischrestaurant Am Mühlentor, ☎ 03834-77 12 20, . This restaurant is a must for the fish lover. Greifswald is only a few minutes from the sea, which makes the fish as fresh as can be. Please note that the restaurant does not accept credit cards.edit
Wirtshaus Wallensteinkeller, Am Markt 3, ☎ 03834-85 59 45, . Wirtshaus Wallensteinkeller is part of a small chain with restaurants in Stralsund, Wolgast and Neubrandenburg. The chain is trying to create an environment reminding the guest about the days of Albrecht von Wallenstein, i.e. the Thirty Years' War 1618-1648.edit
Zum alten Fritz, Am Markt 13, ☎ 03834-578 30, . Mon-Sun 1100-0000 (0100 fri-sat). Zum alten Fritz is a pub at the very heart of the town center, on the town square Am Markt. Apart from the local beer, snacks and light meals are served. Should you want to try all the beers available, why not order "Ein Meter Bier", i.e. "One Meter of Beer". You get a plank, a meter in length, with eleven small glasses.edit
Best Western Hotel Greifswald, Hans-Beimler-Strasse 1-3, ☎ 03834-80 10, . checkin: 1500; checkout: 1100. Four star business hotel situated in the outskirts of the town center, with approximately 10 minutes walk to the market place. This hotel has a restaurant, a bar, conference facilities and a sauna. All rooms are equipped with cable TV, telephone, hair dryer, trouser press and wireless internet. Pets allowed (extra fees), but with restrictions.€85. edit
Hôtel Galerie, Mühlenstrasse 10, ☎ 03834-773 78 30, . Small hotel in the city center. Eight double rooms and three single rooms, all with WC and shower/bath, mini bar, telephone, TV and radio. No restaurant, only breakfast is served.€78-98. edit
Das Sofa, Brüggstraße 29, ☎ 03834-773 79 41 or 81 09 44, . A nice little hotel with 8 rooms: 4 double and 4 single rooms, all equipped with WC and shower or bath and a TV. The restaurant is focused on the turkish and mediterranean kitchens.€45-75. edit
Mercure Hotel Greifswald Am Gorzberg, Am Gorzberg, ☎ 03834-5440, . Mercure Hotel Greifswald Am Gorzberg is a middle range/business hotel on the southwest outskirts of town. The hotel has a bar, a sauna and solarium. Breakfast is served in the restaurant. The hotel has 113 rooms, all with a minibar and telephone.edit
Hotel Haus am Wall, Lange Straße 8, ☎ 03834-77 66 40, . this is a small but newly refurbished (2009) hotel in a building from around 1790. The reception is open 0800-1800. The hotel has 18 rooms, a mediterreanean-style bar which also serves light snacks and a beer garden.edit
Creativhaus-Hotel, Feldstrasse 85, ☎ 03834-54 95 02, . This hotel, situated in the southern parts of the town, is mainly aimed at business travellers. The hotel has a bar, restaurant and meeting facilities. edit
VCH Hotel Greifswald, Wilhelm-Holtz-Strasse 5-8, ☎ 03834-5160, . The hotel is a hotel aimed at families and has 122 rooms and 48 flats/family rooms. It is situated in the southwest outskirts of Greifswald, not far from the railway station Greifswald Süd, and features its own bar and restaurant.€50-130. edit
Alter Speicher, Rossmühlenstrasse 25, ☎ 03834-777 00, . Alter Speicher is a nice middle-range hotel only a couple of minutes walk from the town square. Own bar and restaurant overlooking the river Ryck and the museum harbour.From €70. edit
The fishing village Wieck, today more or less a part of Greifswald, lies only a few kilometres east of the city center. This is a nice little village, featuring an old village center and the ruin of the monastery of Eldena, destroyed by Swedish forces in the 1600's.
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