Hanseatic City of Rostock

A nearly 800 year old Hanseatic city, a thriving seaside resort, the widest sandy beach on the German Baltic Sea coast, and the thousand year old Rostocker Heide coastal wall. The Hanseatic city of Rostock offers a unique combination of modern cosmopolitan amenities, maritime tradition and green surroundings. Rostock, whose life and past are inextricably bound up with the sea, is a great place to find out about the history of sailing and the Hanseatic League.

This lively Hanseatic city, with its romantic seaside resort, offers myriad cultural and culinary amenities, along with opportunities for rest and relaxation. Located on the Baltic Sea coast and on the banks of the Warnow River, this green city is replete with parks and gardens, and also has a zoo (Zoo Rostock) and the zoo's Darwineum - a great place to take a stroll through nature.

There's something to discover and experience in Rostock year round. Water sports and sailing enthusiasts flock to Rostock for the Warnemünder Woche international regatta (held in July), and the Hanse Sail (held in August), which is a unique spectacle. For those who like more tranquil events, there are spa concerts and craft fairs - or watching the sunset during a romantic sailing excursion.

Fall and winter are the best times to visit the many museums and cultural heritage sites in and around Rostock. The region also offers many wellness treatment centers where you can take a break from everyday life. For further information about the Hanseatic city of Stralsund, visit www.rostock.de.

Rostock/Warnemünde and its pier (Image: Joachim Kloock / TZRW)