Vorpommern

Regional Overview

Traces of the Griffin

The region of Pomerania comprises two parts, Vorpommern (Western Pomerania) in modern Germany and Hinterpommern, all of which lie in modern Poland. The historical heritage of Pomerania was almost without exception destroyed in WWII. Virtually nothing survived the war, and we are left only with a handful of treasures, such as the city of Stralsund.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • The Hanseatic Brick Gothic was initially taken directly from France, then rejected and transformed into a regionally distinct style.
  • The Renaissance styles in the Baltic came largely from Flanders and Antwerp and by comparison, slowly evolved into a unique style.
  • Traces of the Dukes of Pomerania in, e.g. Demin and Stettin.

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Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

What is Vorpommern?

Vorpommern or Western Pomerania represents the coastal strip between Brandenburg and the Baltic Sea. Settled by the Germans over the course of the 13th century, the region did not share in the peaceful existence of its neighbor Mecklenburg. Fought over nearly incessantly from the 14th century on, it was conquered by nearly every Great Power in European history. During the Second World War, the city of Stettin was destroyed during ground fighting and aerial bombardment. The ancient cities of Anklam, Demin and Greifswald met similar fates. Today, the only cityscape of any note is Stralsund, a unique monument to the Hanseatic League and one of the most beautiful destinations in Germany. The natural landscape of the region offers more to explore, especially on the island of Rügen and along the coast.

My Quantitative Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

Social Score

5.3 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Hype: 10
  • Growth: 8.2
  • Wealth: 0.5
  • Recognition: 5.6
Ease of Travel

4.6 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 10
  • Transportation: 2.3
  • Ease of Planning: 0.2
  • Infrastructure: 1.3
  • Interactivity: 5.6
  • Airport: Yes
Historical Immersion

4.0 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Historical Context: 1.6
  • Monuments: 3.2
  • Quality*: 9.0
  • Landscape: 2.1
  • Vineyards: 0
Authenticity

3.4 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Undiscovered: 1.8
  • Cultural Immersion: 4.3
  • Tradition*: 5.0

Navigation

Baltic

The power of the Hansa can be seen across Northern Europe, but today it is most visible in the brick cityscapes of Lübeck, Wismar and Stralsund.

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