Decision : CONF 202 23.7
Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar (Germany)

Inscribes the Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar, Germany on the basis of cultural criteria (ii) and  (iv) :

Criterion (ii): Wismar and Stralsund, leading centres of the Wendish section of the Hanseatic League from the 13th to 15th centuries and major administrative and defence centres in the Swedish kingdom in the 17th and 18th centuries, contributed to the development and diffusion of brick construction techniques and building types, characteristic features of Hanseatic towns in the Baltic region, as well as the development of defence systems in the Swedish period.  

Criterion (iv): Stralsund and Wismar have crucial importance in the development of the building techniques and urban form that became typical of the Hanseatic trading towns, well documented in the major parish churches, the town hall of Stralsund, and the commercial building types, such as the Dielenhaus.

The inscription is for two historic centres.

Historic Town Centre


Buffer Zone


80 ha

340 ha


88 ha

108 ha


168 ha

448 ha

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
Focal Point: EUR/NA
States Parties: Germany
Year: 2002
Decision Code: CONF 202 23.7