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Stralsund is located in the northeastern corner of Germany – in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania – and is a port city on the Baltic Sea with approx.60,000 inhabitants (2008). Strelasund Strait separates the island of Rügen Stralsund, the city has a bridge connection with through the historic fortress island Dänholm.
Stralsund is often called “Gateway to Rügen” – and many combine a trip here with a visit to Sassnitz, which is a famous beach and spa resort in the northeast of Rügen (52 km from Stralsund). From here there are also passenger ferries to Bornholm, Trelleborg in Sweden , Klaipeda in Lithuania and St. Petersburg in Russia .
All of Stralsund’s old town center (with roots back to the Hanseatic period in 1200 – and 1300’s) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here is the entire 570-preserved medieval buildings – and these are the following the most famous: Nikolaikirche (1276), Lubeck (1298), Jakobikirche (1303), Stralsund Rathaus (town hall from the 1200s), Katharinenkloster (built ca. 1250 – home Today, a cultural history) and Johanniskloster (built 1254 – now home to Stralsund city archive). Mention must also The Swedish government palace around 1730.In the period 1648-1815 was in fact Stralsund and Rügen in Swedish possession as part of Swedish Pomerania region.
Nearest major airport is Rostock-Laage Airport, located approx. 100 km southwest of Stralsund.