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Rostock [7] is the largest city in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.


Rostock is near the Baltic Sea and to protect its fishing and access rights it actually annexed Warnemünde.

Get in

By plane

The Airport Rostock-Laage [8] (RLG) lies near Rostock.

Ryanair has a service from Stockholm Skavsta airport (NYO) to Rostock-Laage (RLG) airport. Alternatively you can fly to Hamburg (HAM) or Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) and travel by train to Rostock.

By train

From Hamburg Central Station you can take the train to Rostock. Buy a Mecklenburg-Vorpommern-Ticket (see [9]) for 25,-€. With this MV-Ticket you can travel with 5 Persons from Hamburg to Rostock.

By car

From Hamburg take the motorway A1 to Lübeck and from there take the A20 to Rostock. It's a 1 1/2 hour trip. If starting in Berlin you have to drive along the A24 in the direction of Hamburg until the A19 is crossing the motorway. Following the A19 you reach Rostock. It's a trip of 2 1/2 hours.

By bus

BERLIN LINIEN BUS serve Berlin to Copenhagen via Rostock [10]

By boat

The ferry from Denmark arriving in the habour

Ferry from Gedser in Denmark every second hour[11]

Ferry form Trelleborg in Sweden several times per day[12]

Finnlines[13] and Tallink-Silja[14] run ferries from Helsinki to Rostock.

From the ferry terminal, you need to take a series a buses to go to the center of Rostock. You can also try to head for the Rostock-North S-Bahn (train) station, about 1km away from the terminal. Therefore you may get stuck at the ferry port certain days when the bus services are low or if you can't find the train station. A taxi ride downtown will cost you around 20€.

Get around

Rostock features a good inner-city tramway system. A bus system desserves other locations. [15]


  • Golf courses
  • Zoo, 18059 Rostock, Barnstorfer Ring, [1].
  • beach of Warnemünde. Visit the beach of Warnemünde in the north. Go swimming there.
  • city hall, [2]. city hall has many show and music events


  • Hansa Rostock - The local professional soccer club. who is currently in the 3rd Division after being relegated during the 2007/08 German Soccer Season.
  • KTV. The Kröpeliner-Tor-Vorstadt (KTV, "Kröpelin Gate Suburb") was the first part of Rostock built outside the medieval city walls, in the 2nd half of the 20th century. Originally designed to house workers flocking to the newly industrialised town, today's KTV is one of the most popular residential areas, especially with students and artists. It is here that you will find the highest desity of bars, cafes and small shops selling handicraft or organic food. To get to KTV from Rostock's main shopping street (Kröpeliner Straße), follow it all the way to the west, passing Kröpelin Gate and crossing the tram lines. Everything in front of you now is already part of KTV. Check out the Doberaner Platz, where most tram lines stop, where the best Döner is sold, and where everyone seems to meet before a pub crawl with friends.
  • shipping tour on the Warnow, [3].
  • Stadtmauer (city walls), [4]. While much of Rostock's fortifications were removed on the "sea"side (towards the river Warnow), a large part of the city wall remains on the "land" side and is certainly worth a visit. You will encounter 3 remaining gates, Kröpeliner Tor, Steintor (stone gate) and the oldest, Kuhtor (cow gate). Guided tours (some of them by a guide dressed up as a medieval night-watchman) are available and recommended for anyone interested in the history of the town. They can be booked under the stated link or in the tourist office. For the "night-watchman" tour, it is also possible to simply turn up at Petrikirche at 8pm if you're not with a large group, but the tour will then be in German only.
  • Climb the tower of Petrikirche (St. Petri's church), [5]. open from 10am, closing time depends on the season (4pm in winter, 5pm sping/autumn, 7pm summer - consult website if unsure). Petrikirche boasts the tallest tower of the three remaining churches within the old town. The church itself can be visited for free (open daily, mind the Sunday service 11-12am), but there is a small admission fee for the tower (2€; 1,50€ reduced fee). Climbing the steep spiral stairs is fun and a good excercise! There is also a barrier-free option: The parish has had the original bell shaft replaced by a lift which brings you up to the lower of the 2 platforms. Both offer good views over town, river and harbour. Many guided tours of Rostock also start in front of the church. Also worth keeping in mind: The parish has installed what is probably the only free public toilet in the old town (although it might be a nice idea to put some coins into the collection column inside the church), also barrier-free and accessible from the outside, to the left of the main entrance.
  • Watch the sunset in the harbour. Take some drinks and food down and watch time pass by - as well as sailing boats, rowing boats, and plenty of seagulls. If it's herring season, the quay at the Silos will be full of fishermen. If you're not into bring-your-own, there is a number of restaurants and bars along the quay, from German, Italian and Greek to Spanish cuisine. The Irish Pub is also in the Silos. Between the theatre and Latino bar "Besitos", you will find plenty of young people playing "Kubb", at least during summer. Why not try it out yourself? If you ask nicely, you are sure to be allowed a shot. Or buy your own wooden kit at the games store "Wupatki", Rungestraße 17. BTW: This part of the harbour is usually called "Strand" (beach) by locals, even if there is no sand within sight.


  • University of Rostock -



  • self-brewed beer at Trotzenburg, Tiergartenallee 6 18059 Rostock, [6]. The Trotzenburg is brewing there own beer.








Hanse Hostel [16] - Prices start at €14 for a bed in an 8 bed dormitory, for bed linen they charge €2 once per stay. Breakfast is available for €4, coffee, beer and softdrinks are available for €1. There is free internet, a great kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave, oven, stove and fridge. Bathroom facilities are very good. There is a TV, DVD and VCR downstairs as well as a bunch of board games, books and a dart board. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the place is clean, tidy and modern. Hanse Hostel is located at 136 Doberaner Straße near the corner of Margeretenstraße and Doberaner Straße, if your travelling by tram get off at the Volkstheater stop. In 2009 they opened a second house 300m down the road (on the crossing to Warnowufer). It is bigger, not so familiar, perfect for schoolgroups.


Jugendgästeschiff [17] - According to the Tourist Information Office in Rostock this is the cheapest place in town with prices starting at €30 including breakfast, €20 if you have a discount card. Jugendgästeschiff is on a ship in the harbour basically at the end of Am Kabutzenhof.

Hotel GreifenNest [[18]] - Prices starting at €40 for a double room. They also have hammocks for €12 a night in a common room. Beautiful terrasse, nice people and good ambiance. €5 for breakfast. €1 for internet access. No wifi.


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