The New Market in the heart of the city is one of the oldest of Rostock’s squares. It is framed by the town hall, St. Marien Church and the beautiful gabled houses of various styles.
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The port, shipyard and university city of Rostock has enjoyed a long and fascinating history. The city was founded more than 800 years ago. Rostock’s evolution into a thriving Metropolis can be traced to the thriving trade in fish and beer, thanks to its location on the Baltic Sea. As a member of the Hanseatic league, it became one of the wealthiest cities in the Holy Roman Empire of the German nation. The influences of this period can still be seen in Rostock today: Many of the city walls, gates, bridges and marketplaces in the vicinity of the city’s harbour are very well-preserved and offer a fascinating insight into how Rostock would have looked in the Middle Ages. Create your own picture!
Harbour City Rostock
A tour of Rostock’s Old Town offers countless attractions to explore. Beginning with the city’s harbour, which was once the heart of the city. Goods were still handled here up until 1960, when the Seaport opened in Warnemünde. Today, the city’s harbour is a popular place for a leisurely walk, among tourists and locals alike. There is a varied selection of restaurants, shops, charming old stores and museum ships to explore. Trips around the harbour are also possible, providing an opportunity to get to know the city from a different perspective.
Rostock’s Old Town
From the harbour, it is just a short walk to Rostock’s other must-see attractions. One of these is the Marienkirche, which is best known for its astronomical clock. This internationally unique timepiece is located behind the church’s altar, and stands at a height of 11 metres. Dating from 1472, the clockwork still functions perfectly to this day, a technical masterpiece from an earlier era. A visit to the Neuen Markt, close to the Marienkirche, is also highly recommended. This was the central goods shipment point in the Middle Ages, which is why the Town Hall is also nearby. The market place is also encircled by magnificent gabled houses, which offer a testament to the wealth of their early inhabitants.
Rostock and culture
Those with an interest in culture will find much to appeal to them in this Hanseatic city, from music to theatre and art. Rostock’s Volstheater stages various performances throughout the year, from dance and music to orchestral and theatrical performances. For those who enjoy independent theatre, the ‘Hochschule für Musik und Theater’ (HMT) is a popular venue. Events are staged there regularly, including some which are even free of charge. Fans of modern and contemporary art will enjoy a visit to the Kunsthalle Rostock. It is home to a collection of nationally and internationally famous artworks. Various special exhibitions are held at regular intervals throughout the year. Rostock is suitable for a variety of activities. This Hanseatic city is not only renowned for its Medieval City Harbour, but also for the Baltic beachfront in Warnemünde, the ideal place for a family excursion. The Baltic baths in Warnemünde are just a short distance away. Your children can take part in an interesting programme of experiences, while you can lie back and relax on a deck chair if the weather is nice. By the way: The beach chair was invented right here back in 1882. Thrill-seekers will find plenty of watersports to entertain them, from waterskiing to canoeing, sailing, surfing and wakeboarding.
Rostock’s gastronomic highlights
As a Hanseatic city, that has thrived over many years on beer and fish, the culinary arts have not been neglected in Rostock. There is something to suit every palate and every budget. The Hopfenkeller Restaurant in Rostock’s Old Town offers traditional, home-style cooking in a rustic atmosphere, while the ‘Newport Fisch’ serves freshly-caught fish from the Warnemünder marina, with a view across the Baltic Sea. For a pub tour, head for the “Kröpeliner-Tor-Vorstadt” district (KTV for short), which is popular with students, where bars, restaurants and cafes jostle closely together. The quaint ‘Pirat’ pub is well worth a visit. It has been lovingly decorated to resemble a pirate ship.
Getting around the city
As most of the main attractions are located in Rostock’s Old Town, these can all be easily reached on foot. Other attractions which are slightly further afield, such as the Rostock Zoo or the Warnemünde beach, can be easily reached on public transport. With the Verkehrsverbund Warnow (VVW) network, you can use the same ticket to travel on trains, trams, busses and ferries through Rostock and the surrounding district. A regular day ticket for Rostock costs €6, a weekly ticket costs around €20. If you only intend to spend one or two days in the Hanseatic city, you can use the RostockCARD. This can be purchased for €12 (24hrs) or €17 (48hrs) and covers travel in the Rostock area, as well as discounts to various attractions in and around Rostock.
Rostock – Directions to the Hanseatic City
Whether you are travelling by car, bus, train or ferry - Rostock can be easily reached by various routes. The city even has its own airport (Rostock-Laage), located 30km from the city centre. There are direct flights from Vienna, Munich, Antalya and Mallorca.