Welcome to the Greifswald
Sister Cities Committee!
In February 2007, Newport News City Council affirmed Greifswald as its 3rd official Sister City. Greifswald is situated in the northeastern part of the German federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, along the Baltic Sea. The town developed after Danish Cistercian monks settled there to build the Eldena Monastery in 1199; the ruins of which are immortalized through numerous sketches and paintings by the town’s native son, Friedrich Kaspar David.
Greifswald is home to the Ernst Moritz Arndt University founded in 1456 - the second oldest university in Northern Europe. Today Greifswald University boasts approximately 12,000 students and is well know for its medical program, new university library. The town is also home to the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), named for father of the quantum physics, Max Planck who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1918.
In Greifswald the relationship is supported by the community’s Friends of North America Club. You are encouraged to join Newport News’ Greifswald Committee and help us foster this new relationship. The Committee organizes homestays for incoming delegates and exchanges to Greifswald.
Please consider joining!
Stephen Hudak, Chair
Visit the Greifswald, Germany website
Visit the U.S. Embassy in Germany