Wismar’s 800-year-old history goes back to the 13th century, when it became a major trading center on northern Germany’s Baltic coast as part of the Hanseatic League. Later, during the 17th and 18th centuries, Wismar became an administrative center of the Swedish Kingdom, which brought with it cultural and architectural influences that still reign supreme today. St. Nicholas’ Church, or St. Nikolai Kirche as its locally known, is one of three red brick churches in Wismar built before World War II—and the only one left nearly undamaged. A masterpiece of Brick Gothic architecture, St. Nicholas’ Church features elaborate carvings and a baroque-style interior with medieval murals and artworks. Dedicated to sailors and fishermen, it features the Schifferaltar, the sailors’ altar, to proudly commemorate its history. Since 2002, the church and the entire Old Town, were awarded the UNESCO World Heritage title.