|Schiffercompagnie founded in 1488|
to work in mutual benefit of
merchants and seafarers
|Door carving beauty!|
included cities from the Baltic to the North Sea and inland during the Late Middle Ages and early modern period, i.e. 13th to 17th centuries. This was turbulent times and the reason for creating the League was to help each other protect economic and legal interests and diplomatic privileges in the areas where the merchants did their trade. The cities had their own legal and defence systems and helped and protected each other when necessary. However, they were not city-states since only a small number of the cities had some kind of autonomy.
In the House Museum you can see how people lived in the 15th and 16th century. It is totally renovated with material and techniques as far as possible as it was in those days. It is a beautiful house and typical of the city and times. You have an entrance from the street where normally the business was handled from. There is a cellar for storing goods. One stair up you had the offices of living quarters (as in this house, sometimes the living quarters was in an annex rather than in the main building), the following four floors (yes, that is why they have this form of the houses) they used for storage. In the middle of the house is a 'lift' where they took the goods from the ground floor to the upper floors (a little bit like an old time well; with a rope that rolls on to a wooden bar and then is hauled up).
|The Swedish |
The other part of Stralsund and Wismar (from my point of view) is that they belonged to Sweden once
|Pub 'Zur F'ähre'|
Wismar has similar beautiful houses and small, cobbled streets in the Old Town. Their history is more or less the same as their neighbouring city, however, where the Old Town in Stralsund is mostly left to the historical places with just a few shops, restaurants and bars, the Old Town of Wismar if full of life with many more shops. In that way it is more alive and there were a lot of people around.
|Der Alte Schwede, |
|Water Fountain from 1602|
|St Nikolaj church is hovering|
above the Furstenhof
|Furstenhof ,a former princely palace,|
home to the legislative court during
the Swedish time