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Hafenrundfahrt Wismar
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GeorginaS152 wrote a review Jun 2019
Windsor, United Kingdom493 contributions105 helpful votes
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Cruise Maritime Voyages/CMV’s cruise ship Astoria docked at Wismar, north Germany, our first port after exiting the sleek and time-saving Kiel Canal in April. Cruisers could take coach tours to the Munster & Molli Train (we’d been on a previous visit); the city of Lubeck; or join a Walk and Beer Taste tour for those with a thirst and a craving to walk on solid ground after floating for the past two days! Of course, in such a transport hub as Wismar, tourists with more time can get trains from the local station to Rostock, Berlin and Hamburg too. We opted for a stroll into town, a touch of perfume shopping - always my first purchase on a cruise, but sadly none I liked were available in the Astoria shop this time. Friendly Tourist Info reps and volunteers from Wismar greeted us with smiles and beautifully-produced maps and leaflets, as well as sound advice. At the port gate, we had to produce our ID on-board passes and Security staff wished us welcome and a happy day! We walked to the town centre, with its brick-built buildings completed after the terrible damage in WWII. We were soon crossing a bridge into town, decorated at each end by the shiny brass head of a pig. This is a symbol that means something but so far I haven’t been able to discover what! Then into the shopping street which led down to the market square. We were fascinated by - again - the brick facades and upper storeys of the shops, and in some cases the signs and words from the past that they carried. Then, halfway down .... sniff! Sniff! The sudden aroma led us to Schuback Parfumerien, with its gorgeous display of every perfume you could possibly want! An hour later chose Coco Chanel Mademoiselle - now wildly inappropriate for someone of my age and stage - but Mmmmmmm - the vivid memories of days gone by! So good to be served by such bright and charming staff, who could all speak enough English to make the shopping experience in Wismar a great success! When we went back to lunch on the ship, staff noticed my lovely aroma. So I told them where the perfume shop was and they, too, were thrilled to go down and shop there! They’re so busy and have so little time off that a shopping tip that’s a short cut is really useful. After all the walking and shopping, a coffee was crucial! We turned into the Market Square and found seats in Cafe Hegede from where the final view of the Square is taken. The sun shone down as we enjoyed our cappuccinos @ 3.50 euros each! Excellent ambiance - coffee and lunch seekers were gradually filling up the cafes; people walking, talking, relaxed and smiling. Such a joyful tourist stop at Wismar!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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AnneG20 wrote a review Jun 2017
Washington, DC59 contributions57 helpful votes
Tuesday and Thursday a fisherman comes on board to explain about local fish. They are caught in a net and then released. Cool for kids.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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Bjoern K wrote a review Jul 2015
Playa Del Carmen- Mexico79 contributions44 helpful votes
nice relaxing one hour tour. I suggest booking the tour in advance online to guarantee your selected time and ship. During the high season it could get a bit busy. Cost is EURO per person.
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Date of experience: July 2015
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Travelling-Wolfgang wrote a review Aug 2014
Koenigswinter, Germany348 contributions204 helpful votes
We took one of the 1 hour harbour cruises. An interesting life commentary was provided and we did not learn a lot of new things as we had done a guided walking tour of the city and a lot was mentioned already by our guide then. And: There is really not that much to see. You do get a close up of one of the largest ship construction halls in Europe, though. But as a whole the port seemed pretty dead, and I don't think it was because it was a Saturday. I think business in the harbour is just very slow at the moment. Still it was a pleasant 1 hour on the water in the sunshine. 11.50€ is not overly expensive so it is still worth doing. Drinks and a small food selection is available on board. Restrooms were clean.
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Date of experience: August 2014
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