RostockRostock is the largest city in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, though not its capital. It is a hub for Baltic Sea ferries, Germany's largest port for cruise ships by number of boardings and pleasant enough for a longer stay mostly due to its Hanseatic heritage.
Rostock is near the Baltic Sea and to protect its fishing and access rights it annexed Warnemünde (named for being the mouth of the river Warnow), a port area to the north. Rostock was an important member of the Hanseatic League, and one of the most important ports of the GDR (East Germany). Until the collapse of the East German economy in 1989/90 Rostock was a major center for shipbuilding and a few shipyards still remain, despite their economic woes.
phone: +49 381 3812222address: Universitätsplatz 6 (Barocksaal)
Rostock–Laage AirportThere are shuttle buses from the airport to town but no rail connection. There are frequent flights from Munich Airport to Rostock-Laage airport. There are charter flights to destinations in Spain and Turkey.
Or you can fly to Hamburg (HAM) or Berlin (SXF,TXL) and travel by train to Rostock.
Rostock Central StationFrom Hamburg Central Station you can take the train to Rostock. Buy a Mecklenburg-Vorpommern-Ticket for €22-38. With this MV-Ticket you can travel with 5 people from Hamburg to Rostock. From Leipzig and Berlin Central Station Deutsche Bahn runs numerous connections each day. There are a couple of ICE trains a day from places as far away as Munich.
By carFrom Hamburg take the motorway A1 to Lübeck and from there take the A20 to Rostock. It's a 1½-hour trip. If starting in Berlin you have to drive along the A24 in the direction of Hamburg until the A19 is crossing the motorway. Following the A19 you reach Rostock. It's a trip of 2½ hours.
By busThere are numerous domestic and international bus connections to Rostock; operators include: Flixbus. There are two bus stops: one at the ferry terminal, and one at Dierkower Kreuz which is a transfer point between buses and trams in the northeast of Rostock.
There is a ferry from Gedser in Denmark every second hour with Scandlines. This connection covers a rather short stretch on the sea and has been suggested as an alternative to the Fehmarn Belt fixed link that is being built to link Putgarden and Rødby. Prior to European (and German) partition, there were also railway ferries along this route, but they have been moved to the aforementioned line between Fehmarn and Lolland in the 1950s and 1960s and didn't return with the fall of the Iron Curtain.
Ferry from Trelleborg in Sweden up to 6 departures per day with Stena Line or TT-Line.
Ferry from Helsinki in Finland twice a week with Finnlines.
From the ferry terminal, you need to take a series of buses to go to the center of Rostock. You can also try to head for the Rostock-North S-Bahn (train) station, about 1 km away from the terminal. Therefore you may get stuck at the ferry port certain days when the bus services are low or if you can't find the train station. A taxi ride downtown will cost you around €20.
The passenger terminal in Warnemünde is used by cruise ships. It can be reached easily by train (10 minutes), by boat (1 hour) or taxi from central Rostock. All trains from Warnemünde stop in Rostock. The train station is an easy three minute walk north along the dock.
By bicycleThe Berlin-Copenhagen Cycle Route passes through Rostock.
By public transportPublic transport (bus, tram, ferry, train, etc.) in Rostock is part of the Verkehrsverbund Warnow (VVW), the traffic association which provides a common ticketing and integrated transport system in the surrounding area.
Rostock features a good inner-city tramway system. A bus system serves other locations.
The following tickets are available for transportation within the fare zone of Rostock (which includes Warnemünde):
- Single ticket: adults €2.30, reduced €1.70
- Single ticket (ferry): adults €1.50, reduced €1.00
- Single ticket (bicycle): €1.70
- Day ticket: adults €6.00, reduced €3.90
- Day ticket (bicycle): €3.70
- Day ticket (groups): €16.00 for up to 5 people
Single tickets can be used for a one-way trip and you can switch between modes of transportation. Day tickets are valid until 03:00 the next day.
Warnemünde beachVisit the sandy 3-km beach at Warnemünde in the north. Go swimming there, if the weather is warm enough.
PetrikirchePetrikirche boasts the tallest tower of the three remaining churches within the old town. The church itself can be visited for free (open daily, mind the Sunday service 11:00-12:00), but there is a small admission fee for the tower (€3, €2 reduced fee, family ticket €6). Climbing the steep spiral stairs is fun and a good exercise! There is also a barrier-free option: The parish has had the original bell shaft replaced by a lift which brings you up to the lower of the 2 platforms. Both offer good views over town, river and harbour. Many guided tours of Rostock also start in front of the church. The parish has installed what is probably the only free public toilet in the old town (although it might be a nice idea to put some coins into the collection column inside the church), also barrier-free and accessible from the outside, to the left of the main entrance.
address: 18059 Rostock, Barnstorfer Ring
Warnemünde LighthouseBuilt in 1897 and still in use. The view from the high tower provides an impressive view of the Baltic Sea and nearby Rostock region.
The TeapotAnother famous landmark of the Warnemünde beach. It has a curved roof and is an interesting example of East German architecture.
- An old canal area in Warnemünde boast restaurants, pubs, and a fish market.
St. Mary's Church RostockThe greatest church of Rostock, a huge brick Gothic church, built from the 13th-15th century with an astronomical clock of 1472 and fine historical altars.
Stadthalle RostockThe Stadthalle Rostock has many shows and music events.
Hansa RostockThe local professional soccer club.
KTVThe Kröpeliner-Tor-Vorstadt (KTV, "Kröpelin Gate Suburb") was the first part of Rostock built outside the medieval city walls, in the 2nd half of the 19th century. It was designed to house workers flocking to the newly industrialised town. Today's KTV is one of the most popular residential areas, especially with students and artists. It is here that you will find the highest density of bars, cafes and small shops selling handicraft or organic food. To get to KTV from Rostock's main shopping street (Kröpeliner Straße), follow it all the way to the west, passing Kröpelin Gate and crossing the tram lines. Everything in front of you now is already part of KTV. Check out the Doberaner Platz, where most tram lines stop, where the best Döner Kebab is sold, and where everyone seems to meet before a pub crawl with friends.
StadtmauerWhile much of Rostock's fortifications were removed on the "sea"side (towards the river Warnow), a large part of the city wall remains on the "land" side and is certainly worth a visit. You will encounter 3 remaining gates, Kröpeliner Tor, Steintor (stone gate) and the oldest, Kuhtor (cow gate). Guided tours (some of them by a guide dressed up as a medieval night-watchman) are available and recommended for anyone interested in the history of the town. They can be booked under the stated link or in the tourist office. For the "night-watchman" tour, it is also possible to simply turn up at Petrikirche at 20:00 if you're not with a large group, but the tour will then be in German only.
Watch the sunset in the harbourTake some drinks and food down and watch time pass by - as well as sailing boats, rowing boats, and plenty of seagulls. If it's herring season, the quay at the Silos will be full of fishermen. If you're not into bring-your-own, there is a number of restaurants and bars along the quay, from German, Italian and Greek to Spanish cuisine. The Irish Pub is also in the Silos. Between the theatre and Latino bar "Besitos", you will find plenty of young people playing "Kubb", at least during summer. Why not try it out yourself? If you ask nicely, you are sure to be allowed a shot. Or buy your own wooden kit at the games store "Wupatki", Rungestraße 17. BTW: This part of the harbour is usually called "Strand" (beach) by locals, even if there is no sand within sight.
University of RostockOne of the world's oldest universities, founded in 1419.
MarketsThere are several markets throughout the week in Rostock and the surrounding area.
phone: +49 381 37565563address: Kröpeliner Straße 19Steak house.
address: Grubenstr. 1A café
phone: +49 381 8111221address: Warnowpier 431, 18069 RostockFish restaurant and fish shop
phone: +49 381 4934493address: Wokrenterstraße 27, 18055 Rostock
phone: +49 381 3750672address: Warnowufer 60Italian food.
Bars and pubs
address: Tiergartenallee 6The Trotzenburg is brewing their own beer.
Alexaddress: Neuer Markt 17Bar and restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere.
address: Neptunallee 9A, 18057 RostockTechno and 90s rave in a bunker on the grounds of the former Neptun Werft shipyard.
address: Am Vögenteich 19, 18057 RostockLive concerts and club nights from indie to electro in a building from the GDR period with ornamental wallpapers and deer's heads on the wall.
address: Lindenstraße 3B, 18055 RostockThe Jaz Rostock offers regular live music concerts and techno club nights.
address: Albert-Einstein-Straße 2, 18059 RostockStudent parties from rock to electronic music.
address: Erich-Schlesinger-Straße 49, 18059 RostockImpressive techno club in an old power plant that can be considered a role model for club scenes in large metropolises.
phone: +49 381 25299980address: Doberaner Straße 96For bed linen they charge €2 once per stay. Breakfast is available for €4, coffee, beer and soft drinks are available for €1. There is free internet, a great kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave, oven, stove and fridge. Bathroom facilities are very good. There is a TV, DVD and VCR downstairs as well as a bunch of board games, books and a dart board. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the place is clean, tidy and modern.
phone: +49 381 4443858address: Beginenberg 25-26Situated in a beautiful old Town House in the Old Town of Rostock just around the corner from the medieval Steintor. Fee of €2.50 for bed linen. Though the hostel is in the very city center - the Neuer Markt is two minutes by foot - it is really quiet there. It has a very nice common room, where breakfast (€4) is served as well, with two free internet PCs, a flatscreen, a stereo and a projector. In the fully equipped kitchen you can cook or just store your beverages in the fridge. The 8-bed dormitories are very spacious due to the very high ceilings, which even have stucco. The owners and all employees are quite young, easy going and very helpful.
phone: +49 381 12765433address: Doberaner Str. 21Bed linen and wifi are included. Dorms are 6 to 12 beds, with mixed gender and female only options. There is a fully equipped kitchen and at Peter Weiss Haus one can also get affordable lunch and dinner (about €5). There are concerts and parties on most weekends, and a cool and affordable beer garden right beside. Both subraum hostel and the beer garden are run by a cooperative.
phone: +49 381 8775618address: August-Bebel-Straße 49 bBeautiful terrasse, nice people and good ambiance. €5 for breakfast. €1 for internet access. No wifi.
phone: +49 381 50400address: Am Yachthafen 1A luxury hotel with yacht harbour next to Warnemünde.