Rostock

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Rostock featuring a park and a city as well as a small group of people

This maritime city’s attractive Brick Gothic architecture gives visitors an insight into Europe’s prominent 14th and 15th-century Hanseatic era.

Rostock is the largest city in the north German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and is located on the coast of the Baltic Sea. You will find a lot of the city’s action at the Rostock Harbor. If you are visiting in August, you might catch the Hanse Sail, which attracts millions of people to the harbor each year. You will see up to 300 tall ships, sloops, cruise ships, ferries, museum schooners and vintage yachts at the festival.

The event takes place in front of the city’s Old Quarter where you can learn about Rostock’s history. Red-brick and pastel-colored buildings date back to the 14th and 15th centuries when the Hanseatic League, a commercial and defensive alliance of merchant guilds, dominated trade along the coast of northern Europe. Explore the eastern part of the quarter where you will find historic attractions, including St. Peter’s Church, St. Mary’s Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion.

One of the best ways to see Rostock is by boat on the Warnow River. When exploring the river, make sure you see Alter Strom, a charming old arm of the river in the seaside suburb of Warnemünde. There, you will find pretty, colorful fishermen’s cottages, small local stores, cafes and restaurants.

To experience a different side of the city, head to the University of Rostock. It was founded in 1419, making it one of the oldest universities in the world. Wander around the college grounds and enjoy the Baltic Sea views that students are treated to while they study.

In the evening, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs to explore around the city.

For some fresh air and exercise after your night out, head to the Rostock Heath, which is a 20-minute drive north of downtown Rostock. It is the largest coastal forest in Germany and visitors can tour the area and learn about its history in the forest museum.

Rostock has a small downtown area and there are a number of pedestrian zones, so it’s easy to see a lot of the city’s attractions on foot. You can get fast rail connections from Rostock Central Station to Hamburg and Berlin. Public transportation is available around the city, including a good tramway network as well as buses and ferries.

Where to stay in Rostock

B&B Hotel Rostock City-West
B&B Hotel Rostock City-West
2 out of 5
Lübecker Straße 31, Rostock, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania
The price is £57 per night from 5 Dec to 5 Dec
Located in the heart of Rostock, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Volkstheater Rostock and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from University of Rostock. Kröpeliner Tor and Ostseestadion ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (42 reviews)
"Super Hotel, nette und liebe Mitarbeiter. Hatten 2 Zimmer in der 7ten Etage. Toller Ausblick, Zimmer war sehr sauber und bestens Ausgestattet. Frühstück war auch Ok."

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2021

B&B Hotel Rostock City-West
Hotel Neptun
Hotel Neptun
5 out of 5
Seestr. 19, Warnemünde, Rostock, MV
The price is £139 per night from 16 Dec to 16 Dec
Located in Warnemuende, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Warnemuende Kur Park and Warnemunde Beach. IGA Park is 2.9 mi (4.7 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (496 reviews)
Best breakfast buffet ever!
"Great location on the beach. Lots of cute shops a few blocks away. The room was clean and modern; just a little on the small side. European bed sizes are different from American bed sizes. We arrived after 8pm but were still able to order dinner at the hotel's casual grill restaurant. The next morning ..."

Reviewed on 29 Apr 2019

Hotel Neptun
Radisson Blu Hotel, Rostock
Radisson Blu Hotel, Rostock
4.5 out of 5
Lange Strasse 40, Rostock, MV
The price is £98 per night from 19 Dec to 19 Dec
Located in the heart of Rostock, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Kröpeliner Tor and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from University of Rostock. Abbey of the Holy Cross ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (967 reviews)
"It's a really nice hotel with a good restaurant and very friendly staff. Rooms are really spacious. I would stay here again when in Rostock."

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2021

Radisson Blu Hotel, Rostock
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Residenz am Strande
Residenz am Strande
3.5 out of 5
Strandweg 11, Warnemuende, Rostock, MV
The price is £114 per night from 29 Dec to 29 Dec
Nestled on the beach, this Warnemuende aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Meyers Mill and Warnemunde Beach. IGA Park is 3.1 mi (5 km) away. Rostock Warnemuende ...
3.3/5 (30 reviews)
"Die Lage war sehr gut. Hundehaare haben , da Allergien, aber geschmälert"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2020

Residenz am Strande
HAFENAPARTMENTS Warnemuende
HAFENAPARTMENTS Warnemuende
3.5 out of 5
Zum Zollamt 6, Warnemunde, Rostock
Located in Warnemuende, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Warnemuende Church and Warnemunde Beach. IGA Park is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away. Rostock Warnemuende ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (44 reviews)
Top, freundlich-sauber-grossräumig! TOP!
"Sehr freundliches junges/modernes Team am Empfang !Appartment sehr grossräumig und sehr sauber, voll ausgestattet mit allen wichtigen/notwendigen Kochuntensilien! kleiner Balkon mit 2 Stühlen. Da wir beruflich in Warnemünde waren hatten wir unseren PC incl. Monitor mit, ausreichend Steckdosen sind ..."

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2021

HAFENAPARTMENTS Warnemuende
Apartment Piccolo
Apartment Piccolo
3 out of 5
Kirchenplatz 9, Rostock
Nestled on the beach, this Warnemuende apartment building is just steps away from Warnemunde Lighthouse and Warnemunde Beach. Warnemuende Kur Park and Warnemuende ...
3/5 (2 reviews)
"Keine Kochmoglichkeit, Geschirr und das praktisch keine Komunikation stattgefunden hat"

Reviewed on 29 May 2020

Apartment Piccolo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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