10 tips for Rostock
With almost 200,000 inhabitants, Rostock is the most populous city in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Big city flair, Hanseatic architecture and a broad cultural scene make the Hanseatic city a real experience for city and culture fans. In addition to former shipyard halls and ubiquitous brick Gothic, the oldest university in Northern Europe (1419) is located in the Hanseatic city of Rostock.
1. Lighthouse Warnemünde
The lighthouse is located in the northwest of the Hanseatic city Rostock and was put into operation in 1898. From almost the whole of Warnemünde you have the opportunity to get a view of the almost 31 meter high lighthouse. It is about 200 metres from the sea and offers a magnificent panoramic view of the Baltic Sea, Warnenmünde and the harbour entrance. In good weather, visibility ranges almost 30 kilometres.
Under the white lighthouse is the “Teepott”. Restaurants and cafes are located in this round building. Since 1999, the lighthouse has been staged at the beginning of the year on 1 January with a show featuring light, fireworks and music.
Blue Hour Warnemünde / Lighthouse
2nd Shipbuilding and Maritime Museum
More than 12,000 exhibits can be discovered on Germany’s largest floating museum. The former cargo ship (Dresden) set sail for the first time in 1958. Under the German flag it conquered Africa, Asia and Latin America. After more than 10 years on the high seas, the ship was converted into a shipbuilding museum in 1970.
The freighter, which weighs almost 10,000 tons, talks about development, sea aviation and maritime radio. The miniport system is a pleasure for the whole family. Small and big captains can test their seafaring skills there. Small models of ships can be twisted over the water by remote control.
3rd Rostock Heath
The contiguous woodland along the Baltic Sea coast provides some recreation. With a total area of 6,000 ha, the Rostock Heath represents Germany’s largest coastal forest. Here you can actively experience nature and relax. Fresh sea air, a fine sandy beach and quiet forests provide an incomparable nature experience. More than 60 kilometres of signposted paths lead through varied landscapes with pine forests, moors and lakes. By bike or with a long walk, you can explore the wide variety of fauna and flora of the Rostock Heath.
4th Edward Munch House
In 1907/1908 the house “Am Strom 53” was home to the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. The Maller is known for his expressionist work “Der Schrei”. Tormented by depression, Munch spent his deep crisis in this house.
In 1990, the simple 17th century fisherman’s house was declared a listed building. With the help of donations, the house was renovated in accordance with the preservation of historical monuments and serves as a cultural meeting place. Exhibitions of modern art are presented to the public. The house serves as a studio for artists, forum and stage.
5th Kröpeliner road
The Kröpeliner Tor and the Neuer Markt are the two end points of today’s main shopping street. The street is known for its partially restored gabled houses. Different styles, including Renaissance, brick Gothic, Baroque and Postmodern, are combined. In 1968, it was transformed into a pedestrian zone, one of the first in the GDR. Numerous cafes, restaurants and over 250 shops offer opportunities for dangling and strolling.
The Kröpeliner Tor, a Gothic brick building built as a fortification in the 13th and 14th centuries, is almost 54 metres high. Its enormous size is intended to convey the importance of the Hanseatic city of Rostock. Until 1960, a tram line ran through the gate.
6 Rostock Zoo
The zoo was founded in 1899 and covers 56 hectares in the Barnstorf Forest. The zoo is home to more than 4000 animals from over 300 different species, making it the largest zoo in northern Germany. In 2015, Rostock Zoo was named the best in Europe in the category of up to one million visitors. Especially for its high quality of the enclosures and animal houses, its vegetation and the various educational offers there were good marks. From monkeys and giant turtles to polar bears and crocodiles, the zoo has animals from all over the world to admire.
A special highlight is the Darwineum. The lively museum houses more than 80 different animal species and offers interactive exhibition areas to touch and participate in. With a petting enclosure, the South America house, a bear castle, the crocodile house and an aquarium, you can see everything there is to see in animal worlds.
7 Church of Our Lady
At the beginning of the 14th century, clockworks were used for the first time in larger churches. Together with the bells in the church tower, the astronomical clock conferred control over time. The dial measures 14 square metres and has been in use since 1472, largely unchanged.
8th Fish Market Warnemünde
The fish market Warnemünde offers freshly caught fish in all seasons, whether eel, herring or cod. Shop after shop line up behind the historic swing bridge on the central pier. Especially in the early morning hours the fish market enchants with its charm. At this time, fishing boats with fresh fish from the Baltic Sea arrive, which can be bought directly from the ship. Numerous sales stands with a wide range of local fish can be found at the “Alte Strom” landing stages. Paired with the smell of seasonal fresh fish, your mouth watering. Those who prefer a quiet visit should try their luck during the week in the early morning hours.
9th Kerkhoff House
Behind the town hall is one of the oldest and most beautiful houses in Rostock. In 1470 the late Gothic gabled house was built on behalf of the mayor Kerkhof. The Kerkhoff family lived in this building for over 125 years. As councillors and mayors, they had a strong influence on what was happening in the city. The gable of the house has seven panels.
The Gothic façade was redesigned at the beginning of the 16th century with terracotta slabs and Renaissance tiles. This makes it one of the first buildings in the Hanseatic city of Rostock to use Renaissance ornaments. The colourful terracotta tiles show warrior heads, defline and an undressed man with shield and sword.
In 1907 the Kerkhoffhaus was fundamentally renovated. Since then, the registry office and the city archive have been located there. Around 900 couples marry each year in this beautiful gabled house.
10th IGA Park Rostock
The 100 hectare park is located on the banks of the Warnow. The natural, existing structures of the lowland area were taken into account and included in the planning. Old brooks and watercourses characterize the green landscape of the park.
The park can be divided into three main areas: the western part at the exhibition grounds, the middle green park area and the artistic bank to the Warnow.
All year round, the park that surrounds the Maritime Museum offers a varied programme. With all its streams, flowers and a small beach, the park combines nature and culture. Seasonal planting provides a multifaceted face that changes with the seasons. Open-air festivals, folk festivals and numerous exhibitions are waiting in the park.
For relaxing hours alone or with the family: the park offers opportunities for everyone to relax. The spacious green areas also offer a good opportunity for sports enthusiasts. The fitness trail or the barefoot path provide an unforgettable experience.
The Hanseatic city of Rostock offers a varied programme for all travellers. Whether romantic walks along the harbour with your loved one or interactive museums with the whole family: the city on the Baltic Sea is worth a visit all year round. For extensive hikes and bike tours the Rostocker Heide is ideal to clear your mind. Cultural enthusiasts will also get their money’s worth with the interesting history of the port city. Especially in the summer months, mild temperatures ensure a pleasant experience of the city.