Two days with CD Friedrich – vacation in Greifswald
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Two days with Caspar David Friedrich

Exhibitions, tours & concerts all about the famous painter

Every year on the last weekend in August, Greifswald shows its romantic side again and invites locals and visitors to take a journey back in time to the Romantic era. The historic city festival is dedicated to the city's most famous son, the romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, and attracts visitors with a diverse supporting programme. This year, the historic market square will again be the setting for a fair from the past. One hears hoofbeats and hammer blows. Music and market people invite onlookers to an unforgettable journey into the past.

The cultural institutions of the city offer visitors numerous events and offers on this day. This year the historic city festival has the motto: PLAY like in Friedrich's time. A colorful program awaits visitors to participate and try things out. Go on a scavenger hunt in Friedrich's birthplace or play in the St. Spiritus. There is also something for everyone on the forecourt of the Pomeranian State Museum: from drawing and handicrafts with various materials to building instruments, carving and bow making, dancing and testing dexterity in an exercise course. Immerse yourself in the world of legends and fairy tales in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the monastery garden and become a character in a theater PLAY.

Other highlights of the day such as the historic chain carousel and many wooden games on the market square and the evening concert in the cathedral round off the eventful journey through time.

Every year, thousands of visitors take the opportunity to walk in free of charge and take in the Romantic era on this “Day with Caspar David Friedrich”. A special thank you goes to the following companies and institutions: Sparkasse Western Pomerania, WVG , Peter Warschow Collective Foundation, Greifswald municipal utilities, WGGthe university and Hanseatic city of Greifswald, Greifswald Sports Association and Art workshops.

Program of cultural institutions 2023


10:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.: open center
with permanent exhibition and historical workshops at the birthplace of the artist as well as current exhibition

10:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.: Friedrich's shower break*
in the courtyard of the center

*Friedrich's shower break:

Treat yourself to a break from the hustle and bustle on our shady inner courtyard and enjoy cool herbal lemonades, just like Friedrich did!

10:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.: Treasure hunt in the birth house for young and old

10:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.: Game station in the drawing room

Discover board games, card games, drawing games and much more.

14:30 p.m. – 16.00:XNUMX p.m.: Guided tour along the Caspar David Friedrich picture path with "Margarethe Friedrich"
Duration: 90 minutes, starting point Caspar David Friedrich Zentrum

Costs: €10 regular, €7,50 reduced, children up to 12 years free

15.00 p.m. – 18.00 p.m.: Shadow games in Caspar's cellar

Become a star in our shadow theater; your fingers become different animals and characters and play out little scenes


10:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.: open museum
including cabinet exhibition "From the fundus of the doll doctor from Greifswald"

11.00 a.m. Guided tour – highlights from the country’s history

Cost: € 3,50 per person

14:00 pm: Of course, Büttners – clay oven in the monastery garden
Bread, quiche and cakes made from natural ingredients, just the way Friedrich liked it

10:00 AM TO 18:00 PM

10:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.: Games and fun for the whole family
Art with Jie Schiffler:

  • 3D drawing
  • Creating perspectives, color theory
  • Material presentation (different paper, instruments and screens)
  • "Stencils, Only a Blessing!" (Introduction to Stencil Painting)

Making music with the art workshops:

  • Try different sound instruments and discover what suits you
  • Instrument making with pedagogical guidance

Dancing with the art workshops: Dance performances by the dance holiday children, dance and movement for everyone

  • 14:00 Dance performance "Dancing Daydreaming"
  • 14.30 pm Dance and movement to participate
  • 15.30 pm Dance performance "Dancing Daydreaming"

Sport and exercise – join in and be there:

  • Various exercise offers from Greifswald sports clubs
  • 12.00 pm Dance performance: children and young people from Ostseetanz Greifswald eV (ballroom dancing and disco dancing)
  • Balancing act on the slackline – who stays on top?

Bow making and wood carving (11.00 a.m. – 17.00 p.m.):

  • Carving from bark and greenwood, e.g. spoons, small figures (for a donation)
  • Bow making course – create your own bow (Costs: 19€, approx. one hour, including material)
  • Presentation of traditional wood carving
  • immerse yourself in the world of fairy tales and legends in the monastery garden and become a character in a theater PLAY
  • Play like in the old days – games of skill made of wood

Tattoo machine (13.00 p.m. – 17.00 p.m.)


10:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.: Participation program at the stands for young and old
Making windmills, Friedrich Bag screen printing, getting to know historical crafts with the Spinning Circle Greifswald, Friedrich Writing Room – postcard greetings with ink and pen – with Bärbel Steinberg

10:00 am - 18:00 pm Crafts

Frohsinnkeramik and Kaminka offer beautiful handmade things for sale

10:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.: Friedrich-Café with sweet and savory delicacies 

10:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.: Board and big games in the garden

11:00 pm: Children's theater with the Schnuppe figure theatre
Greifswald premiere: "Once upon a time there was a prince ... Malte and his children" - an entertaining piece of history that encourages children and adults to start looking for traces of our past.

Play for people aged 5+

16:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.: Live music on the courtyard stage with "LeaNi"
Summer sounds from pop to jazz




13:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.: open church 

11:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.: Coffee and cake on the square in front of the cathedral

11:00 a.m. – 16:00 p.m.: Scriptorium in the Winter Church
Write with pen and ink yourself with Cordula Ruwe

13:00 a.m. – 16:00 p.m.: Exhibition of Caspar David Friedrich's entry in the baptismal register

14:00 pm: Caspar-David-Friedrich Guided tour of the "Spiritual Ministry" library with Dr. Gisela Ros

prior registration required

15:00 p.m.: Romantic organ music

Cathedral organist Konja Voll

16 p.m.: Cathedral tour
with dr Andrew Ruwe

21:00 pm: Tone Colors – Concert

BenSchu – saxophone quartet, the finest saxophone sounds – from classical music to groovy jazz to pop and your own compositions in an illuminated cathedral (free entry)


11:00 a.m. – 15:00 p.m.: open church 

12:00 pm: Guided tour of the tower of St. Mary's Church


(Part of the photo tour - 14:30 p.m. start at the market place)

10:00 AM TO 18:00 PM

10:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.: Historical fair

10:15 a.m. Opening of the festival

10:30 a.m. – 17:00 p.m. Music with KlarinAkkord (music from the romantic, classical, musical and jazz genres)

11:00 a.m. – 16:00 p.m.: Carriage rides through the old town
Departure from the carriage parking lot (in front of the town hall)

10:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.: "From Greifswald into the world"

Funny, dreamy, exciting anecdotes or personal episodes related to Friedrich are collected at the anniversary stand on the market and rewarded with a small thank you. And the jubilee office is also looking forward to your beloved, unusual or particularly cheeky CDF knick-knacks or photos of them: Bring what is still waiting at home with you - in 2024 it will become an exhibition. At the CDF stand you can also look forward to further views of the anniversary year and the quarter of a millennium in 2024!


11:00 | 14:00 clock guided tours of the old town*

17:00 pm: night watchman tour*

*Maximum of 25 participants, costs: €5 per person, meeting point: Greifswald information

With the kind support of Sparkasse, WVG, Peter-Warschow-Sammelstiftung, Stadtwerke Greifswald, Wohnungsbau-Genossenschaft Greifswald eG, Western Pomerania, University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald, Sportbund Greifswald, art workshops.
We would also like to thank the community foundation for the friendly support of our educational hands-on program in the field of instrument making.