Get panoramic views of Rostock, the Baltic and the surrounding countryside from the steeple of this church, one of the oldest religious structures in the area.
Despite sustaining severe damage during World War II, the Petrikirche’s distinctive spire still marks the skyline of Rostock. The polygonal steeple was added in the 16th century to one of the city’s earliest churches and now serves as an observation deck for experiencing the city from above. Climb the steps to be rewarded with the area’s best view and enjoy the serenity of the basilica below.
Go to the belfry as you arrive, after pausing to appreciate the 16th-century bell outside, the only remaining bell that was salvaged from the tower during World War II. Take the elevator or climb the 200 narrow steps 380 feet (115 meters) to the observation platform at the summit of the tower.
Catch your breath as you stare out across the panorama, which offers views of not only Rostock but also Warnemuende and the Baltic glittering beyond on a clear day. Watch cruise ships dock or look down to see the people of Rostock moving about in the streets.
On the way down, stop for a tour of the basilica, which has been lovingly restored since the war with a flat timber ceiling. Silent and serene, especially when compared to tourist activity in the Marienkirche, it is an ideal place to sit in silent contemplation. Watch light come through the modern stained-glass windows in the choir or examine the contemporary art collection. Gaze up at the model boats hanging from the ceiling, representations of Rostock’s maritime past as a member of the Hanseatic League.
The Petrikirche is near the Unterwarnow in the eastern part of Old Town. Walk here in 10 minutes from the New Market or in 25 minutes from the central train station. A tram stop is a 5-minute walk away. Drive here in 10 minutes from the central train station. Parking is available on the street nearby or in metered lots.
The church is open to visitors daily from mid-morning to early evening and closes earlier in the winter. Entrance to the basilica is free. Pay a fee to enter the spire.