Gothic Town Hall in Stralsund

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Gothic town hall in Stralsund, Germany

The Gothic town hall in Stralsund dates back to the 13th century. You find this iconic piece of architecture on the Old Market Square. It is considered one of the most important secular buildings of northern German Brick Gothic architecture.

Gothic Town Hall in Stralsund

The town hall of the Hanseatic city of Stralsund is mainly known for its show facade and its cellar vault. This vault is considered the largest one in Europe. The building stands on the Alter Markt (Old Market Square). There, you also find a remarkable emblem dating back to Swedish rule.

I was particularly impressed by the splendid facade. The facade is much higher than the building itself. There are no further floors above the blue gleaming window row. Behind the windows, you find the Löwensche Saal, a hall named after the Swedish general Axel Löwen.

European Route of Brick Gothic

Stralsund is a station on the European Route of Brick Gothic. Following this theme path, travellers learn about Brick Gothic buildings in Denmark, Germany and Poland.

  • Link Official website of the European Route of Brick Gothic (ENG)
  • Link Description of the route on Wikipedia (ENG)

World Heritage Site since 2002

The town hall is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar”. The architecture of the building is mentioned in the description of the outstanding value of these two cities several times.

  • Link Description of this World Heritage Site by UNESCO Germany (ENG)
  • Link Official website of UNESCO about this World Heritage Site (ENG)

Sources / More info

  • Link Description of the town hall on Wikipedia (DEU)
  • Link Article about Brick Gothic on Wikipedia (ENG)