The Beautiful Hanseatic City

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ROSTOK, GERMANY –   is a beautiful Hanseatic City with its own seaside resort.
The biggest and most important city in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is a gateway to the Baltic Sea. Both an old and a young city that spreads itself out along the River Warnow.  The historic city center breathes Hanseatic flair.

Visitors will find valuable witnesses of north German Gothic brick  architecture. Apart from churches there are also convents, a city wall, gates and gabled houses. The oldest university in the Baltic region today has 15000 students.

In the seaside resort of Warnemunde, there is also more than just magical coastal scenery and beautiful white sandy beach. It has become a Mecca for swimming, sunbathing, walking and wellbeing. Warnemunde offers many maritime experiences, from the Lighthouse to the Fisherman’s huts, imposing cruise liners in the summer and one of the best sailing patches in the world.

Rostock is a lively city with lots of sight, museums and plenty other tourist attractions. Among the numerous sights City Hall, St Marien church, St Petri church, University building, House tree house and Kropelin Gate are the most representative objects.
The City Hall came to be in 1270 as a two floor double gabled house with a vaulted cellar. It was even used as an indoor market during the middle ages. The City Hall unites many different building styles. At the beginning of the 18th century, the baroque porch was fitted into the front of the Gothic facade with its seven turrets. Worth seeing  are the medieval restaurant ‘Ratskeller’ and the entrance hall.
Opposite the City Hall is where St. Merien church is located. St. Merien church is Rostock’s most beautiful and important church, which was built from 1230 onwards. The Gothic church’s nave and transept are the same length. Valuable furnishings from every century include the astronomical clock, a bronze font and a Renaissance style pulpit.

Located near the north-east side of the city wall is St Petri Church. For hundreds of years the 117 metre tall steple of St. Petri was a  landmark for fishermen and sailors. The Gothic spire, which was destroyed in WWII, was rebuilt according to the original in 1994. Today the viewing platform at 44 metres is easily accessible with a lift.
Near the Old Town center is located the University building.

The square is named after the University main building. The building was built in 1867 in the style of the Italian Renaissance. Worth seeing are also the Baroque Hall and the neighbouring former Grand Ducal Palace. Opposite, the prefabricated five gabled house was erected in 1986. The square unites the fountain, sculptured  by local artists, and the Blucher memorial. The larger-than-life statue is dedicated to the hero of the liberation war against Napoleon, Gebhart Lebrecht, who was born in Rostock in 1742 and fought alongside Wellington at Waterloo.

The Kropelin Gate which was first recorded in 1280, is the most powerful of the former 22 city gates. In the historical site and meeting point are also exhibitions and guided tours of the gate  and other city attractions.

Among them are the City Wall and City Harbour. Large sections of Rostock’s city defences that once surrounded Rostock in the middle ages, are today still intact. The City wall was finally completed in 1350 onwards with towers, lookout areas, walls and gates. Mecklenburg’s oldest city gate is the Kuhtor gate, firstly recorded in 1262.
The City Harbour on the west bank of the river Warnow  with a traditional ship and yacht harbour, is a popular pedestrian zone with restaurants, theatres, shops and large warehouses. It was here that Rostock’s entire sea – trade was concentrated before the opening of the sea port in 1960.
Rostock’s passion for religious art is preserved and displayed in its Cultural History Museum. Rostock’s cultural history museum today displays valuable exhibitions in an unique convent setting with church and a romantic courtyard.
In the Zum Holy Cross convent, where  the Cistercian nuns were once at home, you will find crafts, toys and paintings from the Netherlands master painters or the artist colonies of Ahrenshoop and Schwaan. The famous ‘Magi Altar’ with Rostock’s oldest town portrait and middle-age sacred art are to be found in the refectory.

If you’d like to experience Rostock and neighbouring Warnemunde from the Sea side, Boat Trips are an option. There are lots of boat trips that leave from the Alter Strom in Warnemunde. 

Fishing cutters offer fishing trips on the Baltic and MS Baltica, trips out on the sea. We recommend a boat sightseeing trip.

In the season hourly tours are offered down the river from Warnemunde to the city harbour or back to the seaside resort. They all give the opportunity to see Rostock’s interesting scenery which includes the sea port, large ferries, cruise liners, modern shipyards and the seaside resort of Warnemunde.


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