Anne Sauer 1

Wel­come to the Veterans Fencing World Championships 2016 in Stralsund

Dear  Competitors and Guests,

in 2016 an especially attrac­tive venue awaits you. We wel­come you in the Han­sea­tic City of Stral­sund which is located in the  north-eas­tern part of Ger­many. Stralsund is also known as the gateway to Ruegen the largest island in Germany. You will find an ideal place for fencing com­pe­ti­tions here and you will have many oppor­tu­nities to enjoy your free time. You can stroll through the narrow streets of the old Han­sea­tic City or you can explore nature in some of our famous regional natio­nal parks. During your stay you can be witness to one of natures most spectacular wonder. Every year thousands of cranes come here to rest to strengthen themselves for their flight south.

Hope, we caught your attention. If you want to know more about the region and the competition venue please visit the section “Host”. You can also look at for fur­ther sug­ges­ti­ons what to do and see here.

We are looking for­ward to your visit.

Three weapons are used in modern fencing: the foil,  the epee and the sabre. In all disciplines the athletes must be in great physical condition, have a high level of concentration, a quick reaction time and precise aim.

The Veterans (50+) World Championships is an annual event and its location changes every year. In order to be one of the 700 active participants you must fulfill the criteria set by the national associations.

Dr. Angela Merkel in her role as a member of Deutscher Bundestag representing her electoral district supports the Veterans Fencing World Championships 2016 in Stralsund.

The Stralsund fencing club was founded in spring 2015 making it the sixth club in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. So the children and the youth find a new kind of sport to practise in their free time.

The region Vorpommern has an unique landscape: sandy beaches, chalk cliffs, beech woods, water and meadow areals which house many species of birds, for example the grey crane during spring and autumn.

Stralsunds historical centre is part of UNESCOs world heritage sites because of its well-preserved medival harbour city characterised by the gothic brick churches. In Stralsund there is also the wellknown museum OZEANEUM.