Great place to visit in the summer time, people so friendly
Very nice place in East Germany
Once there were 22 gates to enter the old town of Rostock, and the most powerful of those was the Kropeliner Tor. If you are walking from the train station, you will have the chance to walk through the Kropeliner and enter into the town square. The Tor dates from the 13th century and is an interesting remnant from the early days. The town wall can...more
The church dates to the 13th century and seems like just another old church from the outside. Do not be misled, for inside is a treat for the scientifically, historically oriented person. It is the Astronomical Clock, created in 1472, that continues to keep time. Every day at noon wheels start and figures at the top begin moving to count off...more
This city-owned theater, which is also subsidized by the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, has its own drama, opera and ballet ensembles and its own orchestra, the North German Philharmonic.In the 1980s, towards the end of the German Democratic Republic, around 700 people were employed by the theater. Now they have less than half that number. At...more
All you loyal readers of my Paris Off the Beaten Path tips (thanks again to both of you!) may recall that in one of these tips I described the light satirical operettas known as "Offenbachiades", by the composer Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880). In his long career Offenbach wrote exactly 100 of these operettas, which were hugely successful in Paris in...more
Lovely find! in a secluded courtyard near to the city centre, well signed.An early lunch here for us before heading to the port, warm day and good outside seating with fast and friendly service. Turkey steak with memorable curried pineapple for me and a huge salad for herself, both meals excellent.Well worth finding.more
Good name to start with!Just across the road from our guesthouse and a couple of visits here, secondly for a late evening "nightcap", cocktail for herself! but firstly an evening meal.Interesting menu to choose from here, loved the idea of German tapas and there's plenty to attract the vegetarian Mrs B as well. Very good tasty food, friendly and...more
Two visits here for us, walking by the Warnow we spotted the terrace and stopped for a beer, Mrs B, as ever, found a menu and with several vegetarian choices she insisted on a revisit later!Good idea, both enjoyed our meal here a tasty Flammküchen with fresh pfifferlingen (mushrooms) for me with spinach and cheese cakes for herself.Very pleasant...more
A Bunker is the German word for air-raid shelter and that's what it is, or rather was during WWII.Today it is used as a cultural multi-purpose event place, for exhibitions, readings, movie screenings (on Thursdays), rock and metal-parties.A bar with a rather special charm completes the range. Beer, soft drinks and juices start from 1.50€ for a...more
Departed Rostock heading for Gdynia in Poland, an overnight sailing of around 14 hours.An inside cabin for us, not huge but perfectly adequate with an ensuite shower / toilet. Ship itself, the mv Nordlink, pretty modern with surprisingly reasonable prices in the bar / cafe. Restaurant only open for a limited time but snacks available in...more
Superfast ferries run daily line from Rostock to Hanko, Finland. The trip takes around 24 hours. The price without a cabin is not that bad and you can sleep pretty comfortably on the floor (if you are quick enough to reserve a spot;) Check the webpage for timetables and prices.more
The bright, modern shopping centre in the middle of Rostock still had a Christmassy feel when I visited. In comparison to the UK, it seems that there is more choice available to shoppers in just about everything here.. I was astounded by the selection of toiletries, clothing, shoes, books, etc etc etc.. and all for much cheaper prices. My friend went home with a years supply of printer cartridges and shampoo!! We would have bought clothes too but didn't have room for them.
What to buy: Whatever you need, you can buy in Rostock but printer cartridges seem to be a particular bargain.
What to pay: Much less than in the UK
For the entire forty years of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) there was a housing shortage in Rostock, as everywhere else in East Germany, despite the feverish construction of low-quality pre-fab buildings known as Plattenbauten.After reunification a building boom set in, pushed by speculators hoping to cash in on government subsidies and tax...more
On my short visit in 2009 I was asked a couple of times by people in Rostock how I liked their new pedestrian zone in the city center.Well, I think it does look attractive and even prosperous, especially compared with the way it was twenty years ago.You even see young women with baby carriages, as in my first photo, even though statistically the...more
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...more
There are well organized Tourist Offices, but they only operate locally. So, you won't get any details of attractions on the island of Rugen in Rostock. It's even the same for Rostock's coastal village Warnemünde, which has its own office.
If you look for a room, beware of ZIMMERVERMITTLUNG. This is not an official independent institution, where you get an overview of all rooms available. These are commercial 'enterprises', controlling a part of the room-market. Better keep your eyes open and look for the sign FREI if you are looking for a room.
Rainy season: There is no special rainy season
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 6 – 15°C ( 43 - 59°F ); min: 1 - 8°C ( 34 - 47°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 17 – 20°C ( 63 - 68°F ); min: 12 - 14°C ( 52 - 57°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 7 – 16°C ( 45 - 60°F); min: 7 - 11°C ( 45 – 51°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 2 – 4°C ( 36 - 39°F); min: 0 - 1°C ( 32 - 34°F )
Watertemperature: in winter around 2°C ( 36°F ), in summer around 17°C ( 63°F) in average.
This is where I did my workshops for the English teachers, both in 1998 and 2009.As in all German cities, the VHS Rostock is supported by the city and offers a full program of courses for adults in the areas of politics, society, the environment, arts, design, health, languages, integration and occupational training, as well as remedial education,...more
As usual my off the beaten path leads to a record shop. The best one was a combined book & records 'Antik'-shop in the main shopping street Kröpeliner Strasse 16.Another shop is MUSIKLADEN at Leonhardstrasse 21A; it's just West of the City Center.If you go further West into the student area, you will find more modern music at Waldemarstrasse 5.One...more
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...more