Situated on Germany’s Baltic coast, Rostock was once home to one of Europe’s largest ports and three separate townships. Today, the city’s medieval New Market Square still stands strong, featuring multi-coloured buildings and St Mary’s – a 13th-century church renowned for its astronomical clock. A short walk from here, you’ll find the city’s university, one of the world’s oldest, dating back to 1419, as well as the city walls and the famous Rathaus.
During your visit, you’ll be able to gain insights into Rostock’s industrial heritage and modern delights. Explore the pedestrianised shopping district of Kröpeliner Street before wandering to the Universitätsplatz to see ornate fountains. Take a walk along the Alter Strom – a canalside promenade – and grab some snacks from its many seafood restaurants. You can also tuck into traditional German dishes at the Petrikeller Restaurant, where you can drink pilsner while wearing a Viking helmet. If the weather is pleasant, Warnemünde Beach makes for a great stop. Another notable landmark is the Molli Railway, which will take you to some of Mecklenburg’s best sites.
Rostock is home to many museums detailing the city’s history and culture. The Cultural History Museum in the Abbey of the Holy Cross is free to enter, where you’ll be able to learn about the city’s Hanseatic origins, see Dutch paintings and vintage toys. The Shipbuilding and Maritime Museum highlights the city’s industrial past, while the Stasi Knast prison offers a glimpse into life behind the Iron Curtain in the former GDR.