A green coastal lighthouse in Rostock, Germany
BALTIC MEDIEVAL THROWBACK

Cruise to Berlin (Rostock), Germany

The coastal city of Rostock will captivate history buffs. While much of the port city was bombed during World War II, you can still stumble upon medieval-style brick Gothic Marienkirche architecture and explore the city's defensive walls dating back to the 13th century. Take a stroll through Neuer Markt and snap a photo of the original gabled merchants' houses on the east side of the square with your Berlin, Germany cruise. Once you've had enough history, head down to the Stadthafen harbor to grab some fresh seafood and watch the boats pass by.
National Language German
Currency Accepted Euro (EUR)

Things To Do in Berlin (Rostock)

A black sailboat docked at a pier in Rostock, Germany

Berlin (Rostock), Germany Sailboat Docked at Pier

Waterfront Views

Waterfront Views

Rostock once had the largest trading fleet on the Baltic Sea, with Stadthafen as the port. Wander the waterfront and watch the herring trawlers unload during the spring season. In the summer, get swept away in a flurry of colors as the area is taken over by Hanse Sail, when 250 traditional ships dock in the city.

St. Mary's church in Rostock, Germany

Berlin (Rostock), Germany St. Mary's Church

History Lesson

History Lesson

In Rostock, Germany you can wander into the old world inside the town's many historical buildings. Check out churches that withstood World War II, including the famous Marienkirche. You can also see churches that have been carefully refurbished since then, such as Petrikirche. Visit the Kulturhistorisches Museum, where you can see historic monasteries and medieval sacred art.

The Rathaus city hall in Rostock, Germany

Berlin (Rostock), Germany Rathaus City Hall

Medieval Meeting Hall

Based on the facade of Rostock's Rathaus, or town hall, you'd never guess how old this building is. But when you step inside, you're instantly transported back to the 13th century. One of the oldest town halls in Germany, the Rathaus is a must-see for history lovers.

A plate of kieler sprotte smoked fish

Berlin (Rostock), Germany Kieler Sprotte Smoked Fish

Local Cuisine

Seafood is Rostock's specialty. Try the Baltic herring, delivered to the docks by the boatful. And if fish isn't your thing, enjoy Mecklenburger Rippenbraten, mouth-watering pork stuffed with lemons, apples, plums and raisins. Wash it all down with a local brew or a taste of Rostocker Doppelkümmel, a caraway-flavored schnapps.

An assortment of wooden toy souvenirs in Germany

Berlin (Rostock), Germany Wooden Toy Souvenirs

Shopping

Cruise to Germany and head to the popular shopping street Kropeliner Strasse, which intersects Universitatsplatz, a triangular square lined with colorful Gothic-style buildings. If you're looking for something more local, find fresh produce six days a week at Neuer Markt. There's also a holiday-themed market to check out if you're here during the winter months.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Avoid fines by keeping the streets of Rostock clean. Throw your trash out in one of the many bins located around the city.
2 Visit during August to experience the Hanse Sail and see the city come to life as old boats dock there.

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