"The Pearl of the North - Hansestadt Rostock" Top 5 Page for this destination Rostock by Mariajoy

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5 days in Rostock

An invitation to celebrate Silvester in Rostock was too good to pass up. My friend is a local Rostocker and was returning home for New Years Eve and asked me to accompany her. I had, for a long time, wanted to visit this old Hanseatic city on the Baltic with its rich and interesting history of shipping and trading going all the way back to the 12th century when it was originally a Slavic castle settlement. In fact the name Rostock comes from the Slavic word "Roztoc" meaning "flowing out of" - a reference to the River Unterwarnow.

Rostock is a city of 250,000 inhabitants - ship building and ferry services and tourism being its main industries. There are still signs in evidence of the old DDR regime but not much. Most of the old grey buildings are being modernised and renovated and repainted, giving an appearance of prosperity and vibrancy. Unfortunately, this isn't an entirely true picture, as most of the young professionals are leaving for employment in the west but Rostock has survived worse and will endure even this phase in it's history.

Here's a brief history of Rostock.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A Fascinating History
  • Cons:Not many people smile here
  • Last visit to Rostock: Jan 2007
  • Intro Updated Jan 6, 2007
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  • loisl's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2009 at 2:48 AM

    Great pages, Maria, you prepared me well for my trip to Rostock tomorrow. Happy travelling, Peter

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Moin! I'd complete the second line of the Plattdeutsch to "Vel Hüsing brugt de nige Stadt, de Rat dorüm sin Sorgen hat" - "the city council thus have their worries".

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2007 at 6:53 AM

    For the answer to the secret of the snake on the Rathaus column, please see my Rostock page! Info. on the engraved Holocaust memorial stones.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2007 at 2:18 AM

    very nice and well researched page maria. i have driven though rostock a few times, but i should hopefully get to see the place properly before too long.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2007 at 9:19 AM

    An interesting page with great pics and tips. Steintor, Kerkoffhaus and Gabled Houses impress a lot! "Socialist Realism"-tip is amusing. Thanks Maria for sharing! You asked about my Neuschwanstein-page. It's over...

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2007 at 10:19 AM

    Wow, beautiful city Rostock is :-)) I love these old buildings, and the library in particular :-) Haha, had a good laugh about the bio restaurant and special downstairs room :-)

  • Anchovy56's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2007 at 10:52 AM

    Child swallowing loo's oh my!

  • TheView's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2007 at 1:15 AM

    Nice page ....

  • Jan 9, 2007 at 3:29 AM

    wow!! ship is as accomodation!!&& wow!! The old architecture is beautiful, i liked Gabled Houses in Neue Markt

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2007 at 12:04 PM

    Superb page Maria (but did you find the Bucherfreund shop?). PJ

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