Posted on June 11, 2015
Just an hour’s drive east from the glorious town of Lübeck is another charming town of Wismar, located in the former East Germany under Communist control for two generations. We were first here in the late 1990s when rebuilding was well underway. It is still being “sanitized” but a lot of progress has been made over the years.
During the Cold War decades, everything in the eastern block was run into the ground and milked by Russia for all it was worth. To house the displaced people, huge ugly concrete apartment complexes were built in all the eastern cities and towns. Nonetheless, many cultural features were preserved and restored at great cost. This effort has speeded up since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989 but there obviously is much remaining to do. Times are better now in the east than when we last visited Wismar in the late 90s. Let’s see how it looks today.
We spend a lot of time walking the streets instead of visiting museums and the like. We are always on the lookout for details that please the eye.
Of course, we pass many churches and often enter those that are open, sometimes to find a quiet moment, sometimes just to cool off and take a break.
Down the street ran a canal. The bridge corners were decorated with bronze piggies.
Wismar was one of the Hansa cities in the Middle Ages. By and large, the buildings are built of red brick. The largest church in town was so destroyed that it remains a ruin with only a single tower and outlines of the perimeter remaining. In the space, a tug of war is going on.
But down the street another large brick Gothic church is pretty much fully restored. We paid it a call.
We walked down to the wharf to see what was going on.
We were getting a bit hungry so stopped in at a fish market to buy some smoked eel.
We could have opted for hot dogs.
This motorcycle couple seems to be looking for lunch.
Now we must rush off for another sea and sand fix.