• Rostock's Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church) proudly stands guard over the town at the Warnow estuary, © TMV/Grundner
    Rostock's Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church) proudly stands guard over the town at the Warnow estuary
  • With its updated image, the warehouse in Rostock's city harbour preserves the heritage of the Hanseatic League, © TMV/Neumann
    With its updated image, the warehouse in Rostock's city harbour preserves the heritage of the Hanseatic League
  • The tranquillity of the twilight hour: View from the Gelsdorf bank across the Warnow towards Rostock city harbour, © TMV/Wanke
    The tranquillity of the twilight hour: View from the Gelsdorf bank across the Warnow towards Rostock city harbour
  • Peaceful haven in the midst of the Hanseatic town – the idyllic "Zum Heiligen Kreuz" Abbey, © TMV/Grundner
    Peaceful haven in the midst of the Hanseatic town – the idyllic "Zum Heiligen Kreuz" Abbey
  • Every year, the scent of mulled wine wafts through Rostock's town centre when the largest Christmas market in the north opens, © TMV/Neumann
    Every year, the scent of mulled wine wafts through Rostock's town centre when the largest Christmas market in the north opens
  • Picturesque view across the Alten Strom and the lighthouse – the symbol of Warnemünde, © TMV/Krüger
    Picturesque view across the Alten Strom and the lighthouse – the symbol of Warnemünde

Hanseatic Town of Rostock

In its eight-century history, Rostock was always the largest and most powerful municipality in the state. Once an important member of the Hanseatic League, the harbour and university city is still the economic metropolis of the state.

 

A town with history

The independent town was granted the Lübeck Town Charter rights in 1218. The architectural witnesses to the history can be found in the town centre:  Spruced-up gabled houses, huge brick churches, the marketplace with the baroque seven-tower town hall and the city walls all around with the mighty gates and silent ramparts. 

Rostock is not only shaped by its proximity to the sea, the harbour, the Hanseatic League and its Gothic brickwork but also by the University of Rostock which was founded in 1419 and is one of the oldest universities in northern Europe. Today, the population and area of Rostock makes it the largest town in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Maritime flair

The city harbour with its wide waterside promenade is just a few minutes from the town centre. Even outside the Hanse Sail in the summer, many small yachts and even some large windjammers tie up at the quay walls.
The seaside resort of Warnemünde is called Rostock's "beautiful daughter". Once a poor fishing village, it is now known for its yacht and cruise ship harbour as well as its exceptionally beautiful and wide sandy beaches.

 

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Hamburger Straße – 18069 Rostock

Rostock Art Gallery

Außenansicht der Kunsthalle Rostock, © Kunsthalle Rostock

The Rostock Art Gallery presents exhibitions of contemporary art and modern classics. The listed building (1969) houses a collection of graphic sheets, paintings and sculptures, mainly pieces of the region and East German art.

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Warnowufer – 18057 Rostock

Rostock City Harbour

Der Rostocker Stadthafen, © TZRW - J. Zittlau

The city harbour on the banks of the Warnow with its museum and sailing harbour is a popular promenade with restaurants, shopping facilities and large stores. Until the opening of the seaport in 1960, the entire cargo handling was concentrated here.

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Am Strom – 18119 Rostock-Warnemünde

Alter Strom Warnemünde

Blick auf den Alten Strom, © René Legrand

The 'Alte Strom' was the only shipping route to the Rostock harbour until 1903. Today only yachts, passenger ships and fishing boats anchor here.

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Am Leuchtturm – 18119 Warnemünde

Warnemünde Lighthouse

Leuchtturm Warnemünde, © Pescht

The lighthouse in Warnemünde is 31 metres high and made of white glazed bricks. The galleries of the tower invite you to enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of Warnemünde, the Baltic Sea and the beach.

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Am Ziegenmarkt – 18055 Rostock

St. Mary's Church, Rostock

Marienkirche Rostock, © TZ Rostock

St. Mary's Church is Rostock's largest and most important church, first mentioned in 1232. The transept and nave of the cruciform basilica are equally long and emphasize the massive and closed impression. The church has precious furnishings, such as the oldest astronomical clock in Northern Germany still working with original parts (from 1472) and a bronze baptismal font from 1290.

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Am Ziegenmarkt – 18055 Rostock

St. Mary's Church, Rostock

Marienkirche Rostock, © TZ Rostock

St. Mary's Church is Rostock's largest and most important church, first mentioned in 1232. The transept and nave of the cruciform basilica are equally long and emphasize the massive and closed impression. The church has precious furnishings, such as the oldest astronomical clock in Northern Germany still working with original parts (from 1472) and a bronze baptismal font from 1290.

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