St. Mary’s Church is Rostock’s most beautiful and most significant church. The astronomical clock in the ambulatory is very impressive – after all, it has shown the time since 1472. The Town Hall at the historic Neuer Markt combines different architectural styles from gothic to baroque. At the northern entrance, look for the bronze town hall snake, because according to legend it is lucky to touch. Impressive are also the medieval Kröpelin Gate, which houses the city’s history museum, and Stone Gate, the historical entrance to the city including the heraldic beast.
The exact location
The Hanseatic city of Rostock is a lively university town with a long history. A stroll through the city is the perfect way to explore all the most important sights. Even today, the city on the river Warnow continues to be shaped by seafaring and trade. Warnemünde is located directly on the sea, but even in Rostock itself you can literally smell the Baltic and the big wide world.
City paddling Rostock
Sightseeing in a different way. With the kayak we go through the city harbour and the Petriviertel. From the first Slavic castle to two blue cranes, which identified the port as an industrial area during the GDR era. In the harbour basin the contrast between the small, but tilt resistant kayaks and the large ships of the passenger shipping industry becomes clear. In the middle of the harbour basin you get the best view of the skyline of Rostock and the beautifully laid out promenade along the banks of the Warnow. The city paddle tours last two hours and are ideal for paddling beginners.
Ice cream from the past
The ice cream shop called “Eiswerkstatt” in the Hopfenmarkt (directly in the city centre) takes you back to a GDR ice cream bar. Here you can find the original recipe for German Democratic Republic soft ice cream! The ice cream is produced exclusively in GDR soft ice cream machines with a recipe from 1970. Served in the classic way in a shell with the obligatory spoon. If you prefer to leave the GDR in the past, treat yourself to a frozen yoghurt with numerous toppings.
Rostock with kids
Go on an expedition to the North and South Pole in the Polarium at Rostock Zoo, the new home for Humboldt penguins, polar bears and many other sea creatures. In the Darwineum, you can marvel at 150 animal species as a vivid illustration of evolution in the animal kingdom. Karls Erlebnishof with interactive workshops, activities and entertainment, is located just outside the city, but especially in bad weather is great fun for the whole family.
The Rostock Cultural History Museum is housed in the historic Convent of the Holy Cross, which also makes it worth seeing from the outside. The permanent exhibition Rostock on Art Works and the exhibition of historic toys are especially recommended. Tip: Enjoy a coffee in the convent garden after your tour. The peace and quiet in the middle of the city will inspire you. And the best thing about the museum: admission is free.
A stroll down by harbour
Romantic harbour atmosphere, close to the city centre? It’s yours guaranteed in Rostock. Head east to the cafes, restaurants, museum harbour and harbour terraces. In the mood for more? Then hop on a boat’s tour on the river Warnow, past the shipyards, the overseas port and the skyline of the Hanseatic city of Rostock. And when the sea air makes you hungry, the perfect snack in between is a fish sandwich on board.
Warnemünde seaside resort
Warnemünde is located on the Baltic Sea at the estuary of the river Warnow. The little seaside resort may seem like a town onto itself, but it is in fact a district of the city of Rostock. Warnemünde’s landmark building is the 32-meter tall lighthouse. From the beautiful, wide sandy beach, you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the jetty and the sea. The Baltic coast is a pleasure at any time of year. Even in spring and autumn, you can cuddle up in a beach chair by the sea. The summer months invite you to spread out on a towel, cool off in the waters, build a sandcastle or fly a kite. And in the winter, you can just let the wind blow around your ears on a stroll along the seaside promenade and by the breakwater before warming up with some hot sea buckthorn juice.
Motorway approach road: 4.5 km
Coming from Berlin take the A19 in the direction of Rostock to the exit “Rostock Süd”, then follow the B110 towards the city centre. Turn right at Steintor.
From Hamburg take the A1 to Lübeck junction. Continue on the A20 in the direction of Rostock until the “Rostock Südstadt” exit, turn left towards Rostock city centre, then turn right into August-Bebel-Straße and right again into Steintor.
Main train station: 1.5 km
Tram stop “Neuer Markt” (direct from main train station with tram lines 5, 6 or night bus F2): 50 m
Rostock Airport: 35 km
From Rostock Airport, take public transit line 127 (airport bus) and get off at “Steintor”. This is within walking distance to the hotel. You can also arrange for direct airport transfer.
Ferry terminal: 12.5 km
Take the A19 in the direction of Berlin to the “Rostock Süd” exit, then follow the B110 towards Rostock city centre. Turn left at Steintor.
- Rostock station (1.5 km)
- Rostock Airport (25 km)
- Hamburg Airport (190 km)
- Ferry terminal: 12,5 km
- Market square, right outside the door
Lat: 54.087716 | Lon: 12.140386