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European Route of Brick Gothic

Europe: Exchange and Movement Europäische Route der Backsteingotik e. V.

Welcome to the European Route of Brick Gothic! For three hundred years, the Hanseatic League dominated trade and life on the Baltic coast. This was the heart of European trade in the Middle Ages. The witnesses to the prosperity and power of this era are still existent: convents, monasteries and city halls, city gates, ramparts and impressive churches and cathedrals. These monuments are historical symbols of the spiritual and secular strength of the Middle Ages. The brick is the characteristic feature of the buildings and cities along the Baltic Sea shores.

Immerse yourself in the history of the Baltic Sea and its towns! Each and every one of these typical red bricks has been made and laid by hand. Each and every building is unique and has its very own history. The heavily ornamented, impressive facades and tall towers are striking landmarks in the cities. The unique atmosphere of these Gothic brick stone masterpieces offers a direct insight into history and culture. Many of them are still used for their original purpose, whilst others have become homes to museums and concert halls. The past and present often become one in these buildings.

Experience the diversity of Europe! Denmark, Germany and Poland are your hosts on the European Route of Brick Gothic. Get to know the historical and cultural facets of these countries and cities and all that they have in common as reflected in brick Gothic architecture and the Hanseatic League.