Since 1994 there have been various initiatives to save the remains of the 750-year-old church from complete decay. With the "Ikareum - Lilienthal Flight Museum”, the famous and internationally recognised pioneer of flight, engineer and visionary of global air travel and of “eternal peace” will have a worthy memorial in his baptismal church. The Otto Lilienthal Museum will move to its new location here in the centre of the Lilienthal-Town of Anklam.


The firm of heneghan peng architects, which has been engaged by the town via a tendering process, has extensive experience in museum building and working with world heritage sites. The company was formed in 1999 by Shih-Fu Peng and Róisín Heneghan in New York, with its main office since 2001 in Dublin, and with a subsidiary in Berlin since 2011.

St Nicholas‘ church

With its original spire height of 103 metres, the church was amongst the largest in the Hanse region.  For centuries, the tower had acted as a sea navigation mark visible from far away, in the skyline of the town. On the last day of the war in Anklam, on the 29th April 1945, the church became the victim of shelling by the retreating German army.  The church tower, in flames from the shelling, fell through the roof into the nave.  From then the church was a ruin, unused for 50 years.