The Hanseatic city of Wismar is on the Baltic Sea in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Situated on the southern tip of Wismar Bay, which is sheltered by Poel Island, Wismar is considered to be the southernmost point of the Baltic Sea. In 2002, Wismar was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Wismar site at a glance:
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Frequently asked questions about the Wismar site
The employees of Bayer CropScience Biologics GmbH develop methods for the manufacture of biological products for integrated crop protection. The products are primarily based on live fungal microorganisms. The site currently employs 38 people. The complex was expanded in 2015 to include Research and Development, Registration and Administration, and since then has completely taken over the activities of the Malchow site on Poel Island.
Wismar became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. The Hanseatic city offers visitors and residents a diverse program of cultural events. The main landmarks of the city on the Baltic are four large churches, which have acquired international standing: St. George’s, St. Nicholas’s, St. Mary’s and the Church of the Holy Ghost. The city also has significant art and cultural works, earning it the description of a place with “outstanding universal value” by UNESCO.
The Hanseatic city and its architecture were greatly influenced by the “Swedish Period,” which lasted 200 years. This was how long the Swedish occupied the city after the end of the Thirty Years’ War. Today, the “Swedish Festival", during which the city’s residents mark this period in their history, is an annual highlight for the people in and around Wismar. The festival attracts thousands of visitors from Sweden and other regions every year in August.
It certainly does! The boat and yacht harbors lure an increasing number of people to the city who love to sail, canoe and kayak. Wismar has several mooring spots accessible by sail, motor or other kinds of boats.
- Poel Island
Poel Island is home to one of the most famous beaches on the Baltic Sea: “Timmendorf Beach,” a tourist town on the western tip of the island, is an ocean-front community with seven kilometers of the finest sandy beaches. One kilometer farther inland is the main town of Timmendorf. The Timmendorf Lighthouse, built in 1871, still guides sailors to safety here today.
- Wendorf Pier
The 350 meter-long pier in Wendorf invites visitors to take a stroll above the expansive Wismar Bay. From the pier, they have an unobstructed view of the horizon and the countless sail- and motorboats navigating the bay. During the season, a tourist ship that docks at Bedorf takes visitors on a tour of the bay.
Schwerin, the state capital, is just a half hour inland by car from Wismar. Schwerin Palace, built in the mid-19th century, which today houses the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania State Parliament, is one of the most significant architectural works in all of Europe. Apart from hosting the State Parliament, the palace is also a museum.