One of the earliest Renaissance buildings in the Baltic Sea region, the Schabbelhaus is today home to Wismar’s historical city museum. Built between 1569 and 1571, the building once housed a brewery that has been replaced by permanent exhibition spaces. Standing out from its row of merchant buildings, the Schabbelhaus features Dutch, Renaissance-style architecture that combines red brickwork with sandstone elements. Following an extensive renovation, the museum reopened in 2017 to honor the city’s multifaceted past. Covering everything from the history of Wismar in the Hanseatic League to the city’s Swedish rule from 1648 to 1902 and the history of its manufacturing industry particularly in shipbuilding, you’ll also find a program of events such as readings, vernissages, and workshops that are spread out from the basement to the attic.