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Nordischer Klang (English: Nordic Sound) is the largest festival of Nordic culture in Germany. It is a major platform for artists from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden in Germany. The festival takes place in the town of Greifswald, which is situated about 200 km to the north of Germany's capital Berlin at the Baltic shore.
Nordischer Klang is organised by a non-profit society loosely associated with the Department of Nordic Studies at the University of Greifswald.
Greifswald Botanic Garden and Arboretum
Greifswald Botanic Garden and Arboretum (total area 9 hectares, German: Botanischer Garten und Arboretum der Universität Greifswald), was founded in 1763. It is one of the oldest botanical gardens in Germany, and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. It is associated with the University of Greifswald in Greifswald, Germany.
The Botanic Garden consists of 16 greenhouses (German: Gewächshaus) and the adjacent outdoor area (German: Freiland). The total area of the Botanic Garden is two hectares. The Botanic Garden is located at Grimmer Str. 88. It contains about 7,000 plants.
Pomeranian State Museum
The Pomeranian State Museum (German: Pommersches Landesmuseum) in Greifswald, Western Pomerania, is a public museum primarily dedicated to Pomeranian history and arts. The largest exhibitions show archeological findings and artefacts from the Pomerania region and paintings, e.g. of Caspar David Friedrich, who was a Greifswald local. The museum was established in the years of 1998 to 2005 at the site of the historical Franziskaner abbey.
Near Binz on the nearby isle of Rügen, a satellite of the museum is under construction at Jagdschloss Granitz, a former hunting lodge of the Rugian princes. This branch will be designated to Rugian history.
An early 20th century museum in Stettin, then capital of the Province of Pomerania, was the "Provinzialmuseum pommerscher Altertümer", which was also named "Pommersches Landesmuseum" (Pomerania State Museum) since 1934.
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Greifswald is a town in northeastern Germany. Situated approximately 200 km to the north of Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, it borders the Baltic Sea and is crossed by a small river called the Ryck.
The population is about 55,000, including 12,500 students and 5,000 employees of the University of Greifswald. Besides the university, the town is internationally known because of the construction of the Nord Stream gas-pipeline between Russia and Germany. Greifswald is located near the Bay of Greifswald, which is the part of the Baltic Sea between the islands of Rügen (Rügen vacation rentals | Rügen travel guide) and Usedom (Usedom vacation rentals | Usedom travel guide). The Ryck River passes through the old town, which is 5 kilometers (3 mi) 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 Greifswald. The area is flat, the highest point reaching only 36 meters above sea level.
Things to See in Greifswald
University of Greifswald is one of the oldest universities in both Germany and Europe. Currently, about 11,000 students study at with five faculties: theology, law/economics, medicine, philosophy, and mathematics/natural sciences.
Greifswald has a number of museums and exhibitions, most notably the Pomeranian State Museum which contains history of Pomerania and arts, including works by Caspar David Friedrich, a native of Greifswald. The University of Greifswald also has a large number of collections, some of which are on display for the public.
Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: Greifswald is one of several sites of the state's classical music festival
Museumshafen: historic ships in the
Greifswald Night of Music (Greifswalder Musiknacht)
Greifswald long-ship festival (Greifswalder Drachenbootfest)
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More about the History of Greifswald
In medieval times, the site of Greifswald was an unsettled woodland which marked the border between the Danish Principality of Rügen (Rügen vacation rentals | Rügen travel guide) and the Pomeranian County of Gützkow, which at that time was also under Danish control. In 1199, the Rugian Prince Jaromar I allowed Danish Cistercian monks to build Hilda Abbey, now Eldena Abbey, at the mouth of the River Ryck. Among the lands granted the monks was a natural salt evaporation pond a short way up the river, a site also crossed by the important via regia trade route. This site was named Gryp(he)swold(e), which is the Low German precursor of the city's modern name. However, legend says the monks were shown the best site for settlement by a mighty griffin, living in a tree that was supposed to have grown on Greifswald's oldest street, the Schuhagen. The town's construction followed a scheme of rectangular streets, with church and market sites reserved in central positions. It was settled primarily with Germans in the course of the Ostsiedlung, but settlers from other nations and Wends from nearby were attracted, too.
Reconstruction of the old town began in the late 1980s. Nearly all has now been restored. Before that almost all of the old northern town adjacent to the port was demolished and subsequently rebuilt. The historic marketplace is especially worth mentioning, and is one of the most beautiful in northern Germany. The city attracts many tourists, due to its proximity to the Baltic Sea. Greifswald's greatest population was reached in 1988, with about 68,000 inhabitants, but it decreased afterwards to 55,000, where it has now stabilised. Reasons for this included migration to western cities as well as suburbanisation. However, the number of students quadrupled from 3,000 in 1990 to more than 11,000 in 2007 and the university employs 5,000 people; nearly one in three people in Greifswald are linked in some way to higher education.
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Greifswald is a town in northeastern Germany. Situated approximately 200 km to the north of Berlin in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, it borders the Baltic Sea and is crossed by a small river called the Ryck.
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