Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s tourism calendar is crowded this year. As well as big events such as the Hansa Sail or the Warnemünde Seen Zeek, the region is hosting the Rügen Spring Hike in April, featuring some 60 hiking tours; the 94th International Bach Festival is being staged in Rostock from 10 – 19 May and there will be events to mark the 600th anniversary of Rostock University, and the 800th anniversary of the city itself.
For art lovers, KunstOffen, held from 8 – 10 June, will feature the work of 800 artists and artisans. The Wismar Port Festival will take place 13 – 16 June, while MittsommerRemise on 23 and 24 June will see mansions opening their doors to the public. From 15 June to 29 September, the region celebrates the 29th Summer Festival with a series of concerts, while the Warnemünde Week in June is expected to draw around 700,000 people to one of the biggest international sailing events in Germany. And on 29 August, a million visitors will come to Rostock for the Hanse Sail, the largest maritime festival in the region.
FROM PRISON TO HOSTEL
The former juvenile detention home in Wismar near St. Mary’s Church will be turned into a hostel comprising 30 rooms on three floors, most of them being for two
to four guests. Work will begin in the summer, and the opening of the heritage-protected building is scheduled for 2020. The hostel will be run by well-known German globetrotters Anne-Juliana and Stefan Bunkelmann.
THERE WILL BE EVENTS TO MARK THE 600TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROSTOCK UNIVERSITY, AND THE 800TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CITY ITSELF.
“Inselbaukunst“ (Island Architecture) is the title of the new, year-long campaign by the Tourismuszentrale Rügen, which is dedicated to the architectural highlights of Germany’s largest island. Focus will be on resort villas and piers of the island as well as on architect Ulrich Müther, a visionary who designed modernist space- inspired buildings, particularly seaside restaurants. Architectural gems will be presented through exhibitions, events and guided tours.