Rostock's Top 10 by Road and River
With this excellent compilation tour, you will see the very best Rostock has to offer including a cruise along the Warnow River.
Rostock is a city along the Warnow River on the north coast of Germany. Known for the University, the Botanical Garden and the old town, you can view churches and a main square which mixes Gothic and baroque styles. Start your journey with a 30-minute comfortable ride into the heart of the city, then hit the streets as you step back in time. Stand on the grounds of Rostock University, founded in 1419 and the first one to award an honorary doctorate to Einstein. At Kropeliner Tor you will see one of 4 of the 22 original city gates still standing, then stroll down Kropeliner Strasse with its stores, shops, 17th century gabled houses and the Fountain of Joy complete with bronze statues.
Visit New Market Square with its Town Hall, an impressive 13th century structure with 7 pointed towers and a Baroque style facade. You will be amazed at the impressive red brick Gothic St. Mary's Church and check out the Convent of the Holy Cross and City Wall, founded around 1270 as a convent for Cistercian nuns.
Lange Strasse is another popular boulevard, this one with prestigious residential and office buildings in true Stalinist style with brick Gothic elements. The Steintor and Standehaus buildings offer their own interesting architectural take, the former in the shape of a cube and the later with very ornamental Neo-gothic brick.
Make your way down to the Old Harbour and Warehousing Complex and learn about Rostock's history as a major ship building and trading center during the Middle Ages. You will also see concrete slab structures that house about 70 percent of Rostock's residents; these modernist buildings were constructed in the 1960s with the creation of the German Democratic Republic (GDR).
No tour to Rostock would be complete without a visit to Warnemunde, the charming fishing village complete with lovely villas and Captain's houses. Board your boat for a picturesque cruise along the Warnow transferring you back via the river.
This tour is perfect for those who are short on time yet want a good overview of Rostock.