I received this is a card from my dear friend Ivet while she was on the Erasmus Program studying in Germany.
Greifswald is a hanseatic and university town in the northern part of Germany. You can find it on the Baltic Sea between the islands of Ruegen and Usedom. The ancient town was founded in 1250. Shortly afterwards, it became a member of the Hanseatic League. 200 years later Greifswald's university was founded in 1456.
The three medieval brick gothic churches, St. Mary's, St. Nicholas and St. James, have been the main features of the townscape for hundreds of years. The tall tower of St. Nicholas, which is decorated with a beautiful baroque spire, is the famous landmark of Greifswald.
The market place is considered to be one of the most beautiful market places in northern Germany. The ancient town hall, gothic residential store houses and other impressive buildings form an impressive architectural ensemble around that place.Greifswald almost entirely depends on its university (there's a student population of about 12000); it is not only the intellectual centre of Western Pomerania, but also the most important economic factor of the town.