Why choose a cruise to Rostock?
With the best direct rail connection in the country, Rostock port is unrivalled in terms of offering easy transportation to exciting regions that are perfect for spending a few hours shopping, eating and taking in some local culture.
The city of Rostock, referred to as the Hanseatic city, is almost 800 years old and has significant academic and economic importance. For tourists, the countless museums and restaurants are a real draw, and with a fantastic alternative shopping district as well, all ages and interests are perfectly catered for.
A guide to Rostock’s hotspots
Rostock Zoo has been ranked as one of the best in the whole of Europe, thanks to a modern ape enclosure. Spread out across beautiful grounds, the zoo is exceptionally educational, with numerous exhibits, tours and feeding observations to take part in. This really is a perfect day-trip option for families.
For keen sightseers that love something a little on the unusual side, the multi-purpose church in the city centre is absolutely worth a look. Built in the 13th century, it plays host to markets, concerts and art exhibitions, as well as having a living space in the roof, and is fantastically cosmopolitan. It’s also located opposite the oldest houses in all of Rostock, which you’ll want a photo of.
For some hearty fare that harks back to a more primal time, the Petrikeller Middle Ages tavern is a fun and unforgettable experience. From character servers through to authentic cuisine and unusual drinks, nothing has been overlooked and there’s even lively music to accompany your meal. Eating with your hands is absolutely encouraged here, but if you visit on a Friday or Saturday, be careful that you don’t pick a fight with a knight. Advance booking is advised, as this is a very popular restaurant.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Rostock
The best time to visit Rostock
The oceanic climate of Rostock means that for a large portion of the year, it can feel a little cooler. It certainly isn’t tropical, so bear that in mind.
Warm weather and sunny days are more likely between June and August, with the highest temperatures generally reaching around 24°C. The evenings can be significantly cooler, so it’s advisable to layer your clothing, though during the summer months, you can expect 14°C nights.
Did you know?
- The University of Rostock is one of the oldest universities in the world
- The city had to be largely rebuilt after a huge fire in 1677
- Father Christmas arrives at the annual Christmas market via boat.