Skyline Rostock (view from Gehlsdorf) / Source: Bilddatenbank UR

About Rostock

Rostock, situated on Germany's Baltic Sea coast within the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, stands as the largest city in the region, boasting a population of approximately 200,000 residents. Beyond its demographic significance, Rostock plays a crucial role as both an economic powerhouse and a vibrant cultural hub.

At its heart lies the esteemed University of Rostock, founded in 1419 and counted among the oldest universities worldwide. This institution has garnered acclaim for its rich history of scientific achievement, with notable contributions spanning fields such as medicine, marine sciences, and renewable energy research. It notably served as the academic home to Nobel laureate Albrecht Kossel, who conducted pioneering research in biochemistry within its halls. Complementing the university's academic prowess are various research institutes, including the influential Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, which continues to drive advancements in marine science and environmental studies.

Rostock's allure extends beyond academia, rooted deeply in its maritime heritage and architectural splendor. The city's historical significance as a prominent member of the Hanseatic League is evident in its well-preserved medieval architecture, exemplified by striking Brick Gothic structures like St. Mary's Church. Each year, Rostock celebrates its seafaring traditions with the Hanse Sail event, drawing maritime enthusiasts worldwide to enjoy tall ship parades and maritime festivities.

Economically, Rostock thrives as a cornerstone of Germany's maritime industry, anchored by a bustling port that handles a diverse array of cargo and passenger traffic. Its strategic location on the Baltic Sea enhances its role as a pivotal gateway to Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, fostering international trade and cultural exchange.

Furthermore, Rostock has emerged as a trailblazer in sustainable development, particularly through its initiatives in renewable energy research. The city is home to innovative projects and companies dedicated to harnessing wind and solar power, contributing significantly to Germany's broader green energy objectives.

In essence, Rostock's blend of historical legacy, academic excellence, maritime prominence, and commitment to sustainability defines it as a city of enduring tradition and innovative spirit.

Old Town and City Center

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Rostock's city center is a blend of historical charm and modern vibrancy. The heart of the city, Kröpeliner Straße, is a bustling pedestrian street lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants, leading to the picturesque Market Square. Here, visitors can admire the impressive Gothic architecture of St. Mary's Church, with its astronomical clock dating back to 1472. The city center also features numerous cultural institutions, including theaters, museums, and galleries, making it a lively hub of activity and a reflection of Rostock's rich cultural heritage. 

University of Rostock

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The main building of the University of Rostock, known as the "Universitätshauptgebäude", is an architectural landmark situated in the city center. Built in the late 19th century in a neo-Renaissance style, it stands as a testament to the university's long-standing tradition of academic excellence. The building houses the university's administrative offices, the main library, and several lecture halls. Its grand facade and intricate details reflect the historical significance and prestige of the institution. Inside, the Aula, or main hall, is often used for important academic ceremonies and events, adding to the building's central role in university life. The Universitätshauptgebäude is not only a hub of academic activity but also a symbol of Rostock's enduring commitment to education and research.

Town Hall

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The Town Hall of Rostock, or "Rathaus," is a striking example of the city's rich architectural heritage. Located on the historic Market Square, the Town Hall combines Gothic and Baroque elements, reflecting its centuries-old history. Originally built in the 13th century, it has undergone several renovations, the most notable being the addition of a Baroque facade in the 18th century. The building's distinctive pink exterior and ornate gables make it one of Rostock's most recognizable landmarks. Inside, the Town Hall continues to serve as the seat of the city's administration, hosting municipal offices and council chambers. The Rathaus is not only a functional government building but also a symbol of Rostock's historical and cultural legacy, frequently hosting public events and tours that highlight its historical significance.

Rostock Cultural History Museum


The Rostock Cultural History Museum  is located in the historic Convent of the Holy Cross, Rostock’s Cistercian nunnery founded in 1270.
The museum houses an extensive collection of art and cultural history and is one of the most important places documenting the history of the culture of the middle class in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
The city museum was founded in 1859 and houses collections of paintings, drawings, the applied arts, coins, furniture, militaria, objects of everyday life and archaeology.

Tuesday to Sunday
Closed on Mondays
No Admission.

More Information here.


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Warnemünde is a picturesque seaside district of Rostock, renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches and maritime charm. Located at the mouth of the Warnow River, it is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. The area features a historic lighthouse, built in 1898, offering panoramic views of the Baltic Sea and the town. The adjacent Teepott building, with its distinctive curved roof, houses restaurants and exhibitions. Warnemünde's vibrant promenade is lined with cafes, shops, and traditional fishing boats, reflecting its rich maritime heritage. Every August, the district hosts the Hanse Sail, one of the largest maritime festivals in Europe, attracting hundreds of tall ships and sailing enthusiasts from around the world.

Arts and crafts market


Keep an eye on special arts and crafts while enjoying the sea view - that's what visitors to the arts and crafts market in Warnemünde can do!

Small and large, in any case fine handmade "art pieces" invite you to stroll, marvel and browse and fit in perfectly with the special flair of the popular Baltic seaside resort, just a few kilometers away from the center of the Hanseatic city of Rostock.

When: 26.09.2024 bis 28.09.2024, 10 am - 18 pm
Where: Kirchenplatz Warnemünde | Kirchenplatz 1 | Rostock


Cruise liners

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Rostock is a significant hub for cruise tourism, particularly through its port in Warnemünde. Each year, Warnemünde welcomes more than 180 cruise ships, including some of the world's largest vessels, making it the most popular cruise ship port in the southern Baltic region. This year, the port is expecting numerous calls throughout the season, with arrivals and departures taking place almost daily during the peak months.

In September 2024, several prominent cruise lines, including AIDA, MSC, and Norwegian Cruise Line, will be visiting Warnemünde.

The following ships will be arriving in Warnemünde at the time of the conference:
22.09.2024 - Tui Cruises / Mein Schiff 7 - 06:30-19:00
23.09.2024 MSC Crociere / MSC Poesia - 07:00-17:00
24.09.2024 AIDA Cruises / Aidamar - 08:00-18:00

Marine Science Center

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The Marine Science Center (MSC) is one of the world's leading seal research centers in the field of marine mammal research. The sensory systems and cognitive abilities of marine mammals are researched in innovative experiments. In addition to research and teaching, the Marine Science Center has also set itself the goal of bringing the scientific content and the animals closer to all interested people in a so-called "third mission". Themed "Experience science up close", there are many opportunities to get to know the fascinating world of seals and their research.

The MSC is open to visitors from 10 am to 4 pm. (Entrance fee: € 9 per adult)

Zoological collection

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The zoological collection at Rostock is a treasure trove of regional biodiversity, showcasing an impressive range of specimens that highlight the area's ecological richness. Among its most intriguing exhibits is the Pfeilstorch, or arrow stork, a famous resident known for its survival after being struck by an arrow. This remarkable specimen not only fascinates visitors with its story but also underscores the historical and ecological significance of the collection. By studying such specimens, researchers gain valuable insights into the adaptation and resilience of local wildlife in the face of human interactions and environmental changes.

The exhibition is open Mo-Fr 10:00-16:00

Institut für Biowissenschaften
Lehrstuhl Allgemeine & Spezielle Zoologie
Universitätsplatz 2
18055 Rostock

Zoo Rostock

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Rostock Zoo, established in 1899, is one of Germany's oldest and largest zoos spanning 56 hectares. It houses over 4,500 animals from 320 species, including a notable collection of great apes. Known for its conservation efforts, the zoo has successfully bred endangered species like rhinos and Siberian tigers. Architectural highlights include the Darwineum, a modern center focusing on evolution and biodiversity. Annually attracting visitors worldwide, Rostock Zoo serves not only as a popular tourist destination but also as a hub for education and wildlife conservation.

The Zoo is open Mo-Su 09:00-17:00  (Entrance fee: € 24 per adult)

Night watchman tour

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Join the Rostock night watchman on his evening tour through Rostock's oldest and most original district. Experience an exciting, entertaining evening and hear stories from days gone by and the life of the night watchman.

"Listen, people, and let me tell you..." This is the call with which the Rostock night watchman begins his tour. Dressed in the proper costume with cape, halberd and bugle, he tells of "wicked prostitutes", "boning hares", "dishonest people" and much more. Meanwhile, he leads a tour through Rostock's oldest district - the eastern old town.

The night watchman tour is suitable for all ages. Public tours: Monday, Friday, Saturday start at 20:00 PM at the Petrikirche. The tour is in German (english on request and foreign language surcharge)

When: Monday, 23.09.2024, Friday, 27.09.2024
Price: € 11,50 p.P. (€ 8,50 with GuestCard)

More Information here.

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City paddling


Enjoy the peace and quiet on the water in a two-person kayak and get to know Rostock and its history from the water!
Depending on the size of the group and wind conditions, the tour runs from the Vorpommern Bridge to the shipyard triangle and back again. You paddle at your own pace.
The  two-hour tour takes you through Rostock's city harbor and the Petri district. Before the start of each trip, there is a crash course in paddling and safety.
The group will meet up at prominent locations and you will learn interesting facts about the old Hanseatic city.
For example, did you know where the name "Rostock" comes from and what it means? Or what significance the city harbor had in socialist times? You will "paddle" through these questions and many more!

The tours can be held in German, English and Spanish.
Price: € 19 per Adult
Meeting point: Am Haargraben, 18055 Rostock

More Information here (only german) and here (english availbale).