The European route of Brick Gothic architecture, inaugurated in 2004, extends from the Baltic Sea near Sweden, crosses Germany and continues all the way to Estonia. Join DW-TV on a portion of the journey.
The City Hall in Stralsund is one stop along the way
The tour begins in the Hanseatic city of Greifswald, which is known for the Pomeranian State Museum and for magnificent Brick Gothic structures such as the City Hall and the Cathedral of St. Nicolas. Other sights include the ruins of Eldena Abbey, which inspired the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich.
The historic center of the city of Stralsund, also on the route, became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2002. Its most recent attraction is the Ozeaneum aquarium, where visitors can take a journey through the depths of the northern seas.
Rostock - the next stop - is the largest city in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and was once an important member of the Hanseatic League. Rostock's attractions include St. Mary's Church, which features a medieval astronomical clock.
The cathedral of Bad Doberan marks our final stop along the Route of Brick Gothic. From here, it's just a short way to the Baltic seaside. We take the historic narrow-gauge steam railway to the Heiligendamm resort, with its grand spa hotel and beach promenade.
Editor: Kate Bowen