Saturday, 6 April 2013

Wieck (Greifswald)

A short ride East by bus from the ZOB (Zentraler Omnibus-Bahnhof) at Greifswald brings you to Wieck Brücke - the 800 year old Dutch-style Klappbrücke over the river Ryck at the heart of the small fishing village of Wieck.

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour
Wieck Klappbrücke raised
a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour


The number 2 bus runs every fifteen minutes - thirty minutes on weekends - between Greifswalder ZOB and Wieck Brücke. The journey takes twenty-three minutes, and if you are traveling in a group it is cheaper if you ask the driver for a group ticket for each multiple of five people. We know all this because meine Geliebte organised a photogroup excursion of 23 English speaking photographers there one sunny Saturday in April. Organising a large group of photographers is like herding cats, because they keep wandering off distracted by promising things to photograph. But she managed to keep them all together for a whole day, and the same number returned to Berlin from Greifswald as traveled out. Success!

We also got some great photographs, and those of the group who like eating fish said that the fish served up in Wieck was the tastiest they had eaten. It should be, given that it was freshly caught right here in the bay.

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour
Fish caught in the Baltic being unloaded
a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour
Fresh fish for sale

We're not lovers of eating fish - we leave all that to our cat Cassie, who prefers this arrangement. But we do love being beside the sea; there's something about the quality of the light and the smell of the sea breeze. Lots of other folk are also drawn to the Baltic, and this village looks like it will be heaving with visitors in Summer. Even in April it was quite busy around the harbour. We left our group at the Fischbrötchen stall and went exploring further.

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour
Eine Reuse is a fish-trap. This looks more like a tourist-trap.
Wieck is not just geared up for the tourist trade though, it really is a working fishing and sailing port. It dates back to 1297 when Greifswald acquired a strip of land on the mouth of the river Ryck from the monastery of Eldena. Apart from being a source of fish for the city, Wieck also became an outer harbour and a place to administer taxes on goods being unloaded or exported.

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour
I think I have fallen in love with Hedi!

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour
The Harbour Master's house.
The blue line to the right of the door marks the flood level on 13th September 1872

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour

Wieck isn't just a picturesque harbour though, it is also a picturesque village too. The village has a large number of thatched cottages, though they are so pristine that it looks as if they were built last week. Perhaps they were? There is a bit of a toy-town feel though, and I think many of them are holiday homes to let, or second homes for rich city-dwellers.

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour

The coastline to the East of Wieck stretches around a calm estuary with a long curve of pale golden sand. I suspect that in Summer you would have to pay to go here, but we easily slipped around the fence.

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour


Caspar David Friedrich painted this coastline, and I chanced to take my own take on Der Mönch am Meer (The Monk by the Sea) :

a photo from the blog post about Wieck (Greifswald) by Andie Gilmour

After filling our eyes and hearts with the tranquil sand and sea, we headed inland to meet up with our group of photographers at Eldena Monstery (my blog post from that here).


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