Rostock is the largest city in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, though not its capital. It is a hub for Baltic Sea ferries, Germany's largest port for cruise ships by number of boardingd and pleasant enough for a longer stay mostly due to its hanseatic heritage.


Rostock City Hall
At the Warnemünde beach

Rostock is near the Baltic Sea and to protect its fishing and access rights it annexed Warnemünde (named for being the mouth of the river Warnow), a port area to the north. Rostock was an important member of the Hanseatic League as well as one of the most important ports of the GDR (East Germany). Until the collapse of the East German economy in 1989/90 Rostock was a major center for shipbuilding and a few shipyards still remain, despite their economic woes.

Get in

By plane

The Airport Rostock-Laage (RLG) is located 20 km south of Rostock. There are shuttle buses from the airport to town but no rail connection of any kind.

There are frequent flights from Cologne, Düsseldorf, Munich, Stuttgart and Zürich to Rostock-Laage (RLG) airport. Furthermore there are different charter flights to destinations in Spain and Turkey. Alternatively you can fly to Hamburg (HAM) or Berlin (SXF/TXL) and travel by train to Rostock.

By train

From Hamburg Central Station you can take the train to Rostock. Buy a Mecklenburg-Vorpommern-Ticket (see here) for 22 - 38 €. With this MV-Ticket you can travel with 5 Persons from Hamburg to Rostock.

From Leipzig and Berlin Central Station you can take the "normal train" with the Deutsche Bahn.

There are a couple of ICE trains a day from places as far away as Munich.

By car

From Hamburg take the motorway A1 to Lübeck and from there take the A20 to Rostock. It's a 1 1/2 hour trip. If starting in Berlin you have to drive along the A24 in the direction of Hamburg until the A19 is crossing the motorway. Following the A19 you reach Rostock. It's a trip of 2 1/2 hours.

By bus

There are numerous bus connection to/from Rostock, both domestic and international; operators include: Postbus Meinfernbus/Flixbus and Berlin Linien Bus. Please note, that there are two bus stops. One at the ferry terminal and one at Dierkower Kreuz which is a transfer point between busses and trams in the north east of Rostock.

By boat

The ferry from Denmark arriving in the harbour

Rostock is one of the hubs for Baltic Sea ferries in Germany. And the busiest German port for cruises.

Ferry from Gedser in Denmark every second hour with Scandlines. This connection covers a rather short stretch on the sea and has been suggested as an alternative to the Fehmarn Belt fixed link that is currently being built to link Putgarden and Rødby.

Ferry from Trelleborg in Sweden up to 6 departures per day with Stena Line or TT-Line.

Ferry from Helsinki in Finland twice a week with Finnlines.

From the ferry terminal, you need to take a series a buses to go to the center of Rostock. You can also try to head for the Rostock-North S-Bahn (train) station, about 1 km away from the terminal. Therefore you may get stuck at the ferry port certain days when the bus services are low or if you can't find the train station. A taxi ride downtown will cost you around 20 €.

The passenger terminal in Warnemünde is used by cruise ships. It can be reached easily by train (10 minutes), by boat (1 hour) or taxi from central Rostock. All trains from Warnemünde stop in Rostock. The train station is an easy three minute walk north along the dock.

Get around

Rostock features a good inner-city tramway system. A bus system serves other locations.


Rostock has a lot of different architecture




Inside the old town, a shopping destination







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