The largest city in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern lies on the Baltic Sea. The Hanseatic city of Rostock is worth a visit not only because of its location by the sea.
Rostock is an old Hanseatic city. This is still noticeable in the cityscape today. Merchants’ houses, imposing brick churches and the natural harbour shaped by the Warnow River define the cityscape. It is worth discovering the old town and taking an excursion boat to the Baltic seaside resort of Warnemünde.
Warnemünde lies at the mouth of the Warnow into the Baltic Sea. Here, the white sandy beaches attract visitors from all over the world every year.
Excursion tips for Rostock and Warnemünde
Rostock Laage Airport is located about 20 kilometres southeast of Rostock. Mostly regional flights and occasionally charter flights take off from here.
The nearest airports with international flights are in Hamburg and Berlin. These can be reached by train in about 3 hours.
Rostock has had a railway connection since 1886. The main station has 11 platforms, which are connected to the two station buildings via tunnels.
Platforms 1 and 2 are mainly used by the trains of the Rostock S-Bahn. In addition, on a lower level there are also connections to the trains of the Rostock tram.
Rostock is served by regional trains, IC trains and ICE trains. The following connections are offered:
IC lines to: Rostock-Berlin-Leipzig – Nuremberg-Munich, Hamburg, Schwerin, Stralsund, Berlin, Bremen, Düsseldorf, Halle (S), Cologne, Leipzig, Magdeburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe.
ICE lines to:Vienna (via Nuremberg and Berlin), Munich
Warnemünde also has a railway station. For example, you can take the S-Bahn directly from Rostock’s main railway station. In the high season, there are also occasional long-distance trains that continue via Rostock to Warnemünde.
The central long-distance bus station in Rostock is located near the main railway station. In addition, there are connections that start directly at the ferry terminal and at Dierkower Kreuz in the north-east of the city.
Connections are offered to Copenhagen, Berlin and Dresden.
In Warnemünde, long-distance buses stop at the Warnemünde-Werft S-Bahn and Warnemünde-Strand (youth hostel).
The A20 Baltic Sea motorway passes Rostock in a west-east direction. From the south, the city can be reached via the A19.
Ferries depart from Rostock Seaport to Gedser (Denmark), Trelleborg and Nynäshamm in Sweden. These connections are offered by various shipping companies. If you book in advance, you can get cheap fares for the crossings.
The cruise port is located in Warnemünde. Various cruise ships call here throughout the year.
Guest berths can also be used by private sports and leisure boats in the Rostock city harbour and the Hohe Düne marina in Warnemünde.
The Berlin-Copenhagen long-distance cycle route passes through Rostock. The Baltic Coast Cycle Route, which circles the entire Baltic Sea, passes through Warnemünde.
The Hanseatic Way runs between Hamburg and Szczecin, passing through Rostock. If you are on the European long-distance hiking trail E9, you will pass through Warnemünde.
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By public transport
In Rostock there are trams, buses, the S-Bahn and several ferries that cross the Warnow. The service is very good and you can reach most destinations easily.
Tickets can be bought from ticket machines. You can find them at many stops and also in trams and buses.
The Rostock fare zone covers the urban area of the Hanseatic and university city of Rostock, of course including the seaside resorts of Warnemünde and Markgrafenheide.
Warnemünde is best explored on foot.
The Warnow Tunnel runs under the Warnow River and provides a direct connection to Warnemünde. The use of the tunnel is subject to tolls.
Especially in the high season, the few parking spaces in Warnemünde are in great demand. Many large hotels offer their guests their own parking spaces. If you are a day-tripper, it is advisable to park your car in a Park&Ride car park outside the town.
At the cruise ship terminal you will mainly find short-term parking spaces during the season.
At the ferry terminal in the seaport there are sufficient parking spaces (also long-term parking spaces) for visitors and passengers.