Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) is a Land (state) in Germany, located in the northeastern corner of the country between Brandenburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony and the Baltic Sea, and the neighboring country of Poland. The name is sometimes abbreviated in German to Meck-Pomm (think Mc-Pom), though locals of the state are unlikely to use the name, but you will be understood.
It is the least populated part of Germany and thus offers vast natural reserves. Historically, Pomerania continues to the east following the Baltic coastline of Poland. The inland of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is relatively flat, as is most of northern Germany, though there are various glacial hills and valleys. There are a large number of lakes formed by glaciers during the last Ice Age. Mecklenburg and Pomerania are known for their many historical Baltic seaside resorts with noble architecture and fine sandy beaches, that are unmatched in most of Europe. The region also offers many hidden castles and manor houses, well-kept medieval towns and an intact nature.
- 1 Rostock – The largest city, a hanseatic city close to the sea , with medieval buildings in the city center, a seaside resort (Warnemünde, its port) and the oldest university in the Baltic region
- 1 Schwerin – State capital of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
- 1 Stralsund – A well-preserved medieval city center of world cultural heritage value, another former member of the hanseatic league
- 1 Greifswald – university town, also a former member of the hanseatic league
- 1 Wismar – A well-preserved medieval city center of world cultural heritage value
- 1 Neubrandenburg – urban center of the Mecklenburg Lake District, Lake Tollensesee, medieval wall and Brick Gothic gates, famous concert church
- 1 Bad Doberan
- 1 Sassnitz – on the island of Rügen, major fishing port with the longest outside mole of Europe, chalk-cliffs north of the town (“Königstuhl” = “King’s Chair”)
- 1 Peenemünde – on the island of Usedom, during World War II this was the site of Nazi weapon research (V1, V2)
- 1 Binz – Famous seaside resort on the island of Rügen, holiday resort with very long sandy beach.
- 1 Kühlungsborn
- 1 Güstrow
- 1 Heringsdorf