Marienkirche ~ St. Marie' s Church
Unfortunately the Marienkirche was adorned with scaffolding when we came to Rostock. The exterior seemed to be badly marred by soot, dirt and the effects of aging so it was great to see that the building is being cared for and is undergoing some sort of restoration.
The Marienkirche is probably the most important church in Rostock and one of its most important tourist attractions. The building of the church actually began in the mid-13th century only to have the structure collapse. What later emerged was the cruiciform, Gothic basilica which was also later updated. The church possesses a bronze font which dates to 1290. The church's most memorable feature has to be astronomical clock or "Astronomische Uhr" built in 1472. At noon each day, the elaborate timepiece moves the 12 Apostles out from a recess to meet Jesus and become sanctified. After Jesus blesses the Apostles, they march back through the heavenly gates which closes behind them. However, one lone Apostle is left outside of the gates---of course, it is Judas! Other important features are the churche's Baroque organ, and the Rochus Altar of 1530.
The Marienkirche is open Mondays through Saturdays from May to October from 10am to 5pm. Admission in other monthes varies as do the opening hours. Check their website for additional information. Admission is a very resonable 1 Euro.
On a late grey winter afternoon we took the lift up the tower of St Peters Church. The tickets cost 2E each, bought from a very large, dark, sombre man in a cloak and hat, who answered our questions without making eye contact, in a deep slow monotone voice , as he walked away from us.
The view from the tower was difficult in the fading light but still just about possible. The fine grill mesh covering them made taking pictures impossible. Apart from that, there was a gale force wind blowing through that chilled us to the bone. And, because my vision was impaired by my big hood, I banged my head on one of the supporting oak beams.
As we departed, the strange large man in the hat and cloak thanked us for our interest, and as we were the last visitors of the day, locked the door behind us.
The new steeple has only recently been replaced after it's removal in former DDR times.
Rostock (Gate to the Baltic Sea)
"Rostock City Habour"
Rostock (pronounced /'ʁɔstɔk/ from Polabian Roz toc, literally "to flow apart") is the largest city in the north German state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Rostock is located on the Warnow river; the quarter of Warnemünde 12 km north of the city centre lies directly on the coast of the Baltic Sea
well Rostock is my favorite city in Germany...i just love it there. its right on the Baltic Sea. the big ship on this picture is the "George Bluechner" and used to sail from Rostock to Havanna (Cuba) in the 60's-80's. now its a hotel and hostel...i stayed there for a few nights. its simple and good...very close to the city centre.
One of the most picturesque places in Rostock is the Neuer Markt (New Market Square), with the Town Hall (originally built in the 13th century in Brick Gothic style, but extensively transformed in the 18th century, with the addition of a Baroque facade and a Banqueting Hall. The square also preserved six original, beautifully restored, gable houses from the 15th and 16th centuries. (The rest of the old houses in Hanseatic style that once bordered the square were destroyed in an Allied air-raid in 1942.)
The 15th-century Kerkhofhaus (at Große Wasserstraße, behind the Town Hall) is considered the best preserved brick Gothic house in Rostock.
Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church), on Ziegenmarkt, is an imposing Brick Gothic church. Built in the 13th century, it was enlarged and modified at the end of the 14th century into the present cross-shaped basilica. The huge tower was not completed until the end of the 18th century. Inside there is an astronomical clock built in 1472 by Hans Düringer.
Kröpeliner Straße - the main shopping streetThe main pedestrian precinct is Kröpeliner Straße, that runs east from the Neuer Markt to the 14th-century Kröpeliner Tor, a former town gate. The main buildings of Rostock University, the oldest university in Northern Europe, lie at Universitätsplatz, near the middle of the street, in front of the lively fountain of zest for life (Brunnen der Lebensfreude).
The Kloster St Katharinen (Convent of St. Catherine), an old Franciscan monastery founded in 1243, and extended several times during the 14th and 15th centuries. Now used as the seat of the Academy of Music and Theatre (HMT-Rostock).
The Brick Gothic Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church), which is the oldest church in Rostock, built in mid-13th century. Heavily damaged during World War II and subsequently restored, the building is now used as an exhibition center and concert hall, due to its outstanding acoustics.
Some parts of the medieval city wall, with four remaining medieval town gates
"Where To Go To"
From Rostock you can go to Stralsund, Hmaburg, Luebeck, Wismar or the Island of Ruegen...everything is easy to reach via Autobahn (Motorway)