Rostock is located on the Warnow River near the Baltic Sea, and has always been a seaport.
In the nearly four decades of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), Rostock was in a privileged position because it was the only seaport for the whole country.
Now in reunited Germany it is only one of several seaports on the Baltic and North Seas, and is in a relatively depressed region, so business is not as good as it used to be.
GPS 54° 5'33.21" North; 12° 8'4.67" East
Town Wall and Ramparts
The old town fortifications are partly preserved along the southern and eastern edge. The most impressive parts can be found in the southwest between Kröpeliner Tor and Schwaansche Straße. Outside the town wall we still have the ramparts, now turned into a park, and further below a rest of the deep moat which once surrounded the city.
The rebuilt Harbour Crane
The historical crane is only 12 years old. It was rebuilt according to 18th century plans in 1997 to recall Rostock’s history as a trade port of the Hansa. The crane is driven by two men in a pair of big running wheels: the rope rolls around the axis of the wheels and so the hook with the cargo is lifted.
The rebuilt crane is fully functional. In 1999 a reconstructed Swedish sailing ship visited Rostock on her maiden voyage and was unloaded and loaded by the crane.
Joy of Life at University
Rostock has a very old university. The origins date back to the middle ages. The main building, however, is only from the 19th century and its renaissance facade is just "neo".
University square is the busiest sqare in town. In fact, it is triangular and not square but if I call it a triangle you won't know what I mean.
The pedestrian mall continues further east towards the new market square (which was new at some point in the middle ages and kept the name to this very day). That part of the street has more old houses and pretty facades.
There is a big fountain in the middle of the square which consists of many different sculptures. It is officially known as the "Joy of Life Fountain", inofficially also as the "Porn Fountain". The sculptures show humans and animals having fun in many different ways...