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The Hidden Treasures of Germany: Schwerin, Wismar and Rostock


7N/ 8D  – Hamburg | Schwerin | Wismar | Rostock | Berlin

Hamburg: Aroma of the Great Wide World

The harbour of Hamburg is one of Europe’s greatest shipment centres.  From nutmeg to coffee, the aromas from around the world guide you with every step throughout the city. Magnificent palaces, noble villas, elegant parks and numerous water routes dominate the city. The quality and variety of goods available in the shopping districts tempts all those who walk past.

DAY 1 (3-star accommodation; upgrade available)

  • Collect 1-Day Hamburg Card, includes free public transport in the Greater Hamburg area and discounts on about 130 tourist attractions

Optional Activities:

  • Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s biggest model railway exhibition
  • Reeperbahn, the famed nightlife district

DAY 2

  • 2-hour city tour of Hamburg by coach (audio-guide)
  • 1-hour cruise on Hamburg’s Alster Lake (audio-guide)

DAY 3

  • Departure from Hamburg Main Station

Schwerin: Pearl of the Lakes

A profusion of water and forests, cultural treasures and a fascinating old quarter are the hallmarks of Schwerin. Its remarkable fairy-tale castle in a fabulous setting is the town’s most famous landmark. Schwerin is the ideal location for a relaxing holiday with plenty to do.

DAY 3 (Continued)

  • Check-in to Crowne Plaza Hotel Schwerin (4-stars); Includes breakfast and 3-course dinner (Indian-orientated food, vegetarian food should be booked in advance)
  • Visit Schwerin’s fairytale castle which is also the regional capital’s most famous   landmark and the seat of the regional parliament; In the castle museum, visitors          can tour the state rooms in all their historic grandeur; Includes entrance to castle          and exhibitions as well as a complimentary English guidebook about castle per   room; All exhibitions throughout castle are available in English

DAY 4

  • Departure from Schwerin Main Station

Wismar: UNESCO World Heritage Site by the Baltic Sea

Medieval Wismar, with 8 centuries of history, is the only town of its size on the southern Baltic that remains virtually intact. The architectural heritage of the market square, the three monumental Gothic churches and other impressive monuments contribute to the World Heritage Site’s inimitable appeal.

DAY 4 (Continued)

  • Check-in to Steigenberger Hotel Stadt Hamburg (4-stars); Includes breakfast and dinner (Indian-orientated food, vegetarian food should be booked in advance)
  • Sightseeing tour on the bus with an English-speaking presentation
  • Ascent of the impressive tower of St. Mary with its height of 81 metres, completely built from red bricks (guided tour for safety reasons with English-speaking guide)
  • Individual visit to the exhibition on Red Brick Gothic in the rooms of St. Mary,   including a stereoscopic film-presentation on how they built these impressive red-Brick-Cathedrals in medieval times; explanations and presentation in English language (exhibition closes at 18.00 hrs., April-October)

DAY 5

  • Harbour cruise with nice views of town and traditional sailing ships along the      morning sites of the Old Harbour, a nice experience with a maritime flair       (English presentation on board)
  • Individual walk from the Old Harbour back to the hotel, final impression of the   historic city centre with numerous shopping facilities
  • Departure from Wismar Main Station

Rostock: Hanseatic Town on the Baltic

Neighbouring the seaside resort of Warnemünde, Rostock has a diverse cultural scene. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the historical centre with typical north German brick architecture and the maritime flair of old houses, a large beach, a lighthouse and the old fisherman port.

DAY 5 (Continued)

  • Check-in to Hotel Neptun (5-stars) with direct sea view from all rooms; Includes breakfast and dinner (Indian-orientated food,vegetarian food should be booked in advance); Includes use of ARKONA SPA (indoor-swimming pool with seawater, sauna, fitness facilities and much more)
  • Visit to Warnemünde, a 100-metre wide sandy beach with a promenade, a lighthouse, fish market, picturesque little fishermen’s cottages, traditional fish restaurants, fishing boats and sailing boats on the Alter Strom waterway; Bicycle hire is included as you cycle along the Baltic coast – one of the most popular cycling routes in Germany

DAY 6

  • Enjoy a coach tour with English presentation of the Gothic, Renaissance and baroque gabled houses of Rostock’s historic city centre; these are impressive reminders of the wealth enjoyed by Rostock’s merchants in the Middle Ages, as are the mighty churches; the astronomical clock draws visitors into the Gothic basilica; just a stone’s throw away is the town hall with its baroque frontage
  • Departure from Rostock Main Station

Berlin: Open Around the Clock

With 150 theatres, 170 museums, 300 private art galleries and 7000 pubs and restaurants, Berlin offers superlative experiences. The Kurfürstendamm offers 3.5 kilometres of shopping opportunities. Berlin is the focal point of politics, entertainment and cultural life in Germany.

DAY 6 (Continued) (3-star accommodation; upgrade available)

  • Collect 48-hour Berlin Welcome Card including unlimited travel on public transport covering tram, underground, bus services and local train services; discounted admission fees including free entries to 140 top sights of Berlin; city map; public transport map

DAY 7

  • Full-day hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour with audio guide

DAY 8

  • Departure from Berlin Airport (via Frankfurt/ Istanbul) to Mumbai

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Interview with Kai-Michael Stybel, Director of Wismar Tourist Board

Mr. Stybel, Director of the Wismar Tourist Board, shares with us what lies beyond the popular icons of Germany.


What are your roles and responsibilities with Wismar Tourism and how do you plan to offer the region of Wismar to the Indian traveller?

I am the Director of the Wismar Tourist Board. As a department of the City Council of the Hanseatic City of Wismar, we have a sovereign responsibility for communication, distribution and product development for tourism in Wismar.

If you asked me one year ago, how we plan to offer our destination to Indian travellers, I would not have had any answer as I would not have even considered there being a potential market for India.

In fact, my inspiration to consider tourism potential from India came at the Germany Travel Mart in May 2009, the most important international workshop for incoming tourism to Germany taking place every year. From then on I have been in contact with several Indian partners, both operators and writers, and our very personal contacts have led to us considering possibilities and chances for tourism affairs to Wismar from India.

Wismar itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, particularly for its city structure with roads and quarters having remained the same since medieval times. Therefore, it is more of a conservation area than only a single memorial. The architecture of colourful gabled houses and impressive red brick cathedrals in Wismar is a mirror of history, being experienced by hundreds of thousands visitors every year.

The northern European culture available in this region is closer to Scandinavia than southern Germany. The face of the north has nothing to do with well-known stereotypes of Germany such as the Rhine River, the Alps, Neuschwanstein Castle and Heidelberg. While being unknown but outstanding nevertheless, it proves the attributes of being a treasure; maybe a hidden treasure, but very worthwhile to discover nevertheless.

What exactly are the Hidden Treasures of Germany and how did this concept evolve?

The Hidden Treasures are places most Indian travellers would not have heard of and would not be considered as part of most Germany itineraries. These places include the three cities of Schwerin, Wismar and Rostock in northeast Germany in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

This region is the most popular tourist destination for German travellers who enjoy bathing, hiking, biking, fishing, sailing and all kinds of activities connected with nature. The cities along the coast, such as Wismar and Rostock, or cities in the hinterland such as the state capital Schwerin are all cultural centres with impressive architecture, exhibitions, urban life, concerts and theatres.

The concept of being a treasure is derived from being unknown on an international scale, especially in the Indian market. For this reason, we have combined the Hidden Treasures with well-known destinations in Germany, such as Berlin and Hamburg. On one hand, Wismar, Schwerin and Rostock are not far from either Hamburg or Berlin – approximately a two hour drive in both directions. On the other hand, the theme of Hidden Treasures combines the expected with the unexpected that fulfils security through prediction and eagerness through the mystery of treasures.

This concept evolved with the cooperation of our partners in India. Most notably, Namaste Germany – the Indian connection to Germany – was a particularly key partnership for me, as my uncertainties about entering the Indian market were greeted with a team of Germany specialists from India who are interested in all treasures of Germany, both hidden and known. There could not have been a more productive synergy!

What are the experiences available while visiting northern Germany, especially compared with regions such as Baden Wuerttemberg and Bavaria which are well known destinations for the Indian traveller?

It starts with the geography and ends with the culture and its people. The differences between north and south Germany are more than visual attributes. Take beer, for example. Every region offers many varieties of beer, but the taste will always be easily distinguishable. This applies to all experiences. For most, it is a matter of personal philosophies.

In the end, we are still Germans. The history of Wismar is special however due to the fact that this area was influenced greater by Swedish rule than German rule through the centuries. The popular difference is between the sea and the mountain climates. There is a German proverb meaning “life by the coast is dure, but righteous still.” There is a different spirit present in the north and it can only be realized by visiting the towns, seeing the architecture, breathing the sea air, enjoying the countryside and living the culture.

As Indians prefer to visit more than one country in Europe while on holiday, which are the other regions that can be combined with North Germany?

After having told you so much about the northern European culture found in northern Germany, the best frame for this identity would be the Baltic itself.

If you look at the global cruise market, the Baltic is deemed to be the safest cruise destination in the world. Thousands of Americans visit Copenhagen, Stockholm and Saint Petersburg by cruise every year. Wismar makes its mark as a cruise destination with its port being directly connected with the historic city centre. Besides the cruise theme, it is very easy to travel throughout the Baltic area due to well-developed ferry connections combined with railway links.

What is the best time of the year to experience the Hidden Treasures of Germany?

It is not necessary to define only one particular time of year to visit the Hidden Treasures of Germany. They combine several city destinations each with their own cultural activities and programmes throughout the seasons.

The most crowded season is summer due to the attraction of the north for many German travellers. My personal preferences are the bridge periods from spring to summer – April to June – and from summer to autumn – September to October. You can experience an Indian Summer in  northern Germany with the Hidden Treasures similar to a sleepy countryside with colourful woods from yellow to red during Autumn. Scandinavians visit by the thousands for the Christmas Markets in Wismar, Rostock and Schwerin throughout  December.

As you can see, there is a season for every market. With business interests, we try to maintain a balanced development throughout the year. Every market has their strongest period of outbound travel. Therefore we might have the best chance for the Indian market in spring time.

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