The Swedish Heritage Route leaves its mark on Germany
Traveling the roads around the northern parts of Germany leads to numerous historic landmarks and beautiful landscapes, a stretch of road known as The Swedish Road'. Here one will find museums, castles, and even a UNESCO World Heritage Site, highlighting the Swedish influence on this part of Germany. This piece of road runs along the coast, as well as along the western and eastern sides of the country.
In the North-Eastern corner of Germany, one can find the small town of Anklam, a small town on the banks of Szczecin lagoon dating back to the 14th century. Anklam found itself in a tug of war between Swedish and Imperial forces during the "Thirty Years War, being ruled by the Swedish for just over 35 years. Despite suffering from its fair share of turmoil, it is home to the church of St. Mary and the Otto-Lilienthal-Museum, named after a king who presided in the area.
Visitors planning a longer stop in the area would do well to settle in Greifswald. This city is only a short distance from the Polish border and 250 km from both Hamburg and Berlin. Greifswald was ruled by Swedish Pomerania for many years and eventually became part of the Kingdom of Prussia. This historic city also boasts a bustling student scene, is surrounded by three of Germanys national parks, close to the islands of Rugen and Usedom and is in striking distance of the Baltic sea. Visitors can also visit the Pomeranian State Museum or the local soap works.
A short distance from Greifswald one can find Wolgast, a small town on the "Swedish Heritage Route'. Wolgast was under Swedish rule for almost two hundred years between approximately 1600 and 1800. This town had its fair share of turmoil, being burnt to the ground by Russian forces during the Great Northern War. Visitors to the area can enjoy the various museum and other historic sites, including the excitement of the Bascule bridge to access this town.
Eastwards one finds the town of Gadebusch in the Hamburg region a location is well known for the ‘Battle of Gadebusch', where Swedish forces achieved their final great victory in the Northern War. Gadebusch is located in close proximity to the towns of Lubeck and Wismar and tourists can find the Stadtkirche, built in the 13th century and known to be one of the oldest brick buildings in the region and the Schloss Castle.
The islands of Rugen and Usedom are two highlights of the Swedish Heritage Rout. The Rugen island is located in the Baltic sea and is accessed via the Rugen bridge. Germanys largest island has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visitors to this island will be in awe of the majestic chalk cliffs, especially the "King's Chair. On the other hand, Usedom island is a unique stretch of land separating the Baltic sea and the Szczecin lagoon. This island is shared between Germany and Poland and enjoyed by all, with more than 1900 hours of sun per year.