The port city of Rostock

The port city of Rostock celebrated its 800th birthday in 2018, and its history is inextricably linked to the port and shipping. Ferries, RoRo ships, cargo ships and cruise-liners are the merchant and passenger vessels found in the harbour today. With over 25 million tonnes of goods handled, more than two million ferry passengers, and some 200 cruise dockings per year, Rostock’s Überseehafen (international port) is one of the Baltic Sea’s top players.

Germany’s largest Baltic Sea port, which also happens to be the only all-purpose port on Germany’s Baltic coast, is one of Rostock’s best known attractions.

Living Rostock

Setting a new course

Following the end of the Cold War, the reunification of Germany, and the expansion of the European Union, but also after a difficult structural shift in the 1990s, Rostock began regaining importance as a trading and transshipment centre in the southern Baltic Sea.

Its geographic location as well as its good road and rail access to the hinterland saw Rostock become Germany’s leading all-purpose Baltic Sea port after 1989 increasing liquid, bulk, general, ferry and RoRo cargo capacity as a largely new area of operation. Another cornerstone of maritime tourism has emerged since reunification – cruises. And the passenger port of Warnemünde has been the most popular destination in Germany for international cruise passengers for many years.

Rostock’s Überseehafen (oversea port) is today an all-service transshipment port with a modern oil terminal, facilities for handling bulk, and general cargo. But its primary function is that of a ferry port, with adjoining terminals for RoRo and combined cargo transportation with freight-train connections to Southern and Southeastern Europe, as well as many metropolitan areas within Germany. Production plants have also successfully established themselves here, further stimulating port operations. ROSTOCK PORT is currently dedicated to restoring port facilities and developing other areas to enable it to expand its transshipment function and act as a base for the maritime trade. Attracting logistics companies and port-related industry will continue to be a focus of the Überseehafen’s economic development.

Sea-based access to the port, with a current depth of 14.5 metres, is set to be deepened to 16.5 metres over the next few years by the German federal government in order to improve competitiveness in the bulk-cargo industry. This requires deepening the sea channel. The people of Rostock will continue to ensure their port, and therefore also their city, charts the right course in the future.

Rostock, Warnemünde & the Rostock Heath – Every day holiday

When an idyllic sea, pristine nature and a historic city converge, everyone’s holiday needs are covered. Whether you’re a sunbather or culture vulture, an adventurer or bon vivant, the Hanseatic and university city of Rostock, with the Warnemünde coastal resort and Rostock Heath, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy new experiences.

The cityscape is dominated by the traditional Brick Gothic architecture of the Hanseatic period, while the city centre surrounding the historic Universitätsplatz (university square), the old town, and the Stadthafen (city harbour) all invite visitors to stroll around and explore. A little further north is the picturesque coastal resort of Warnemünde, one of the most popular resorts along the Baltic Sea coast, with a lighthouse, captains’ houses, fishing boats, cruise ships and a vast sandy beach. The view of the unique coastline from the lighthouse is a particular treat.

A homely city or romantic fishermen”s village, Middle Age architecture or a magical coastal landscape, paintings, theatre and large ships, Rostock has something on offer for everyone. In the summer the city with its own seaside resort changes to a seaside resort with its own city and they are both very popular. Every summer the Baltic Sea and the seaside resort of Warnemünde are an attractive location for hundreds of thousands. Sunbathers and keen swimmers enjoy the cool water and the wide sandy beach. Yet the seaside is not only there for swimming. Small guests can do something nearly every day in their summer holidays. Warnemünde, a town unique to the German Baltic coastline has lots of things to see and do: a lighthouse open to tourists, moles and giant ships that sail past all day long. Imposing cruise liners are one of the summer attractions. The Alter Strom is a beautiful place to walk around and gorge yourself in. Old fishermen”s houses have now been turned into shops, cafés and restaurants. The fish market on the opposite bank of the Alter Strom has also developed itself into a gastronomic mile. However, Warnemünde is not only a tip for summer. You can walk or cycle nearly all year round and if you”re looking for wellness then you are best to come to Rostock”s seaside resort in autumn and winter.
Congresses and Events
While Warnemünde and Markgrafenheide are established seaside resorts and, along with Diedrichshagen and Hohe Düne, are among the four seaside resorts of Rostock, Rostock’s city centre and the district of Schmarl are making their mark as convention and even hubs.
In the Rostock city hall and the HanseMesse a variety of events and fairs can be experienced. This includes conferences and congresses, shows and many other social highlights.
A pure nature experience at the Rostocker Heide
Few German cities have a city forest larger than Rostock’s. The Rostocker Heide, which stretches along the Baltic coast from Markgrafenheide to the Baltic seaside resort of Graal-Müritz, spans 6,000 hectares. Once a hunting district and timber store for the construction of houses and ships, the Rostocker Heide, with its distinctive, health-promoting climate, is today a unique recreation area for hiking, cycling and horse-riding – a varied landscape of beech and pine forests, wetlands and sea sand. 87 kilometres of biking and hiking trails and 60 kilometres of horse-riding tracks make it perfect for exploring on your own. Catch the occasional glimpse of the sea and beach, and admire centuries-old upright and wind-bent trees.
RostockCARD - the city pass to rostock and the surronding region

How well do you know your own city? Get to know the Hanseatic and university city of Rostock better, and explore it at your ease! The RostockCARD will give you one free city tour in the downtown area.

——————————- RostockCARD – the city pass to rostock and the surronding region


Lord Mayor Claus Ruhe Madsen
Neuer Markt 1, 18055 Rostock
+49 381 381-1600