In the middle of the 13th century merchants trading overseas joined together to form the Hanseatic League in order to pursue their economic interests together.
In the course of time 70 major cities and 130 smaller towns joined the League, which covered an area from the Netherlands to Estonia and from Sweden to a line from Cologne to Erfurt and on to Cracow. The Hanseatic League's influence stretched far beyond these boundaries, and it maintained large depots and smaller trading posts from Portugal to Russia and from Scandinavia to Italy.
The Hanseatic League had a significant say in business, trade and politics in northern Europe for over 400 years, until it declined in the mid-17th century.
The Hanseatic League was founded in Lübeck, Schleswig Holstein, and expanded fast throughout the Baltic aerea.
If you have the chance to spend some days in Rostock have a short trip to Warnemuende and take a tour through the sea port.
Fondest memory: From the boat you can sea the promenade, the cargo port and a military port. A tour takes about 50 min
Favorite thing: Sunsets on the Baltic Sea are always great, at least for a guy who lives far away from any sea. As the Baltic Sea region is the sunniest corner of Germany you'll probably have loads of such great sunsets.
This is a place for fitness and relaxation. It has many Health-spas which we enjoyed.
Saunas, steam-baths just to name a few.
Fondest memory: The Old-town with its bell-music sounds. The water fountains and statues, and being captivated at the sights of old fashion town-houses and brick churches.As well as the
white sandy beach with a view so far out that one could see giant ships and sailing vessels in the horizon.
I can still see them and smell the water. I can still hear the wind forcing the waves unto the surf and hear the see birds ----but all is now just memory.
Neuer Markt 1 , 18050 Rostock Tel ( 0381) 381-1576, Fax 9135
Fondest memory: A sad memory of saying Good Bye at the FinnJet terminal ... and finding our later that it was the final Good Bye :-(