Holtenau, near Kiel, is the Baltic port at the eastern end of the Kiel Canal, an artificial waterway in northwestern Germany that links the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. The canal extends in a southwestern direction across the farmIands of Schleswig-Holstein from Holtenau to Brunsbüttel, near the mouth of the Elbe River.
Established in the 13th century, Wismar’s medieval town center was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. The town center is one of Germany’s largest marketplaces and is surrounded by a variety of elegant buildings built between the 14th and 19th centuries. The town hall houses the impressive Rathaus Historical Exhibition detailing Wismar’s history and heritage with artifacts including an original 15th century mural and a glass-covered medieval well.
Enjoy the lovely countryside beyond the towered walls and take in the view of this former Hanseatic League town before exploring its narrow, winding lanes, marvelous ruined medieval churches and impressive St. Mary's Cathedral. Or visit an intriguing Bronze Age burial in the midst of farmland and take in the cliff-top view of the precipitous coastline.
The history of Nynashamn can be traced back thousands of years, and evidence of early inhabitants is still there to see in the form of historical remains, including gravefields from the Iron Age and Viking era runestones. From here you can take a train into Stockholm, only an hour away, or stay in town and explore the countryside and local culture.
Enjoy the old medieval quarter of this Baltic jewel and see the lovely Golden Gate, the astonishing 15th century Artus Court, beautiful St. Mary's Church and Oliwa Cathedral, renowned for its three pipe organs. Then see Solidarity Monument Square and the famous shipyard where workers rallied against the communist government. Or drive into the countryside and see the fascinating 13th century Malbork Castle, once home to Polish kings.
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