Rostock — an old Hanseatic university city in the far north of Germany

View of Rostock at dusk

Building upon its tradition as an old Hanseatic university city and located in the far north of Germany, Rostock is the perfect place to get in touch with the northern way of life. Travelling by car, train or long-distance coach from Berlin or Hamburg you can reach the city within three hours.


Things to see and do

Warnemünde beach

In the former East Germany the Seaside Resort Warnemünde was ranked as the holiday spot №1 and it is still — not only nationally — renowned for its long sandy beaches, fierce waves and salt-breeze. Warnemünde is frequently used as a pier for cruisers and sailing boats. One can ease up tuning in with the spirit of the Baltic Sea, but keep a weather eye on the cunning seagulls which might try to snatch away your tasty ‘Fischbrötchen’ (engl. fish sandwich). Even if the Seaside Resort Warnemünde feels like a little world of its own, it takes only 20 minutes to get there by train from Rostock’s central station.

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Hanse Sail

The annual Hanse Sail is one of the largest maritime festivals in Europe and turns Rostock into a stamping point of ships and boats from all over the world for a long summer weekend. An eclectic mix of maritime exhibitions, boat races, food stands and musical performances make the fête a highlight not only for sailors.

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University of Rostock

Established in 1419, the University of Rostock is the third oldest in Germany and oldest university in the Baltic Sea region. Its stately main building is located in the shopping promenade and traces of student life can be found all around the city. The university promotes itself as a ‘harbour of science’ and arranges scientific events throughout the year.

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Kröpeliner Tor Vorstadt

Kröpeliner Tor Vorstadt, or KTV as locals would abbreviate it, is a picturesque old town district with colourful house facades and a variety of small shops, cafes, bars and restaurants in the heart of the city. With its two playhouses, namely the Volkstheater and the Peter-Weiss-Haus, Rostock’s cultural and social hub also attracts many students. During summer, the Freigarten is a great choice to hang out or go for a drink.

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