Berlin (Rostock), Germany
Rostock is the largest city in the state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany, west central Europe.
Walking is the best way to explore Rostock once you’ve arrived in the centre by shuttle or taxi.
Bicycles can be hired at Warnemunde Railway Station and there are plenty of marked cycle trails.
A Rostock Welcome Card is available for around 6 euros, for free local, public transport, free or reduced admission to museums and discounts in stores/participating restaurants.
The astronomical clock in Rostock’s St. Marienkirche Church dates back to 1472.
The Monastery of the Holy Cross today serves as the city’s Cultural History Museum and houses some wonderful medieval art.
Harbour tours are available all along the Warnow in Warnemunde.
Warnemunde beach is backed by dunes with perpetual gales blowing in from the North Sea. Hire a Strandkorb, a 19th century designed wicker basket chair with comfortable cushions, pull-down shades, footrests and storage.
Karl’s Erlebnis-Dorf is a spectacular farmers’ market and strawberry theme park, 20 minutes from Rostock. It’s free to enter and there are playgrounds, farm animals, miniature train rides, pony rides (for a small fee), sand sculptures, trampolines, a maze, places to eat and drink and lots of shopping opportunities.
Bunker 302 is an atomic radio bunker at Eichenthal, 20 minutes drive from Rostock. The bunker, which still contains all of its original monitoring equipment, is fascinating if you’re into military history.
Alternatively, visit the former Stasi pre-trial detention centre at 34b Hermannstrasse, Rostock. You can see the tiny cells where political activists were detained and learn about the hated security service from a permanent exhibition.
To visit Berlin, it’s best to book a ship shore excursion.
Potsdamer Platz represents a reborn Berlin, once a wasteland, with the Berlin Wall running through the centre, it now boasts more than 100 shops, restaurants and bars, an amusement park and a small piece of the Berlin Wall embossed with graffiti and photographs.
The Tiergarten is a vast urban park that stretches west from the Brandenburg Gate to the Berlin Zoo.
Built in 1791, The Brandenburg Gate faces Pariser Platz, the elegant square lined with handsome buildings.
Take a look inside the Hauptbahnhof (main railway station). The S-Bahn and Deutsche Bahn trains pass through the curved glass train shed at the upper level as well as at completely right angles below ground. In between are a huge range of shops, restaurants and a city information centre.
Gendarmenmarkt is the setting for the Deutscher Dom (German Cathedral), Franzosischer Dom (French Cathedral) and the Konzerthaus (Concert Hall).
At Checkpoint Charlie, once the most famous border crossing between the American Sector and the Soviet Sector, Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, tells the story of the Berlin Wall’s construction and the ingenious ways East Germans tried to escape to the West.
Visit the Judisches (Jewish) Museum for a poignant history of German Jewish contributions prior to World War II
Museums include the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), Pergamon Museum, Altes Museum and the Bodes Museum. A day pass will give entry to all four.
The Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) was completed in 1905, it was the family church for the ruling Hohenzollerns, some of whom are buried in the crypt.
In Nikolaiviertel (Nicholas Quarter) see the twin-spired Nikolaikirche (Nicholas Church), Marienkirche, the city’s oldest church with a congregation, and the 1860 Rotes Rathaus (Red Town Hall).
Alexanderplatz, once a parade ground where Hitler held rallies, is now a major modern shopping centre and transportation hub. You will also find The Fernsehturm (TV tower), Berlin’s highest structure with its viewing platform being a popular tourist attraction.
North of Alexanderplatz, Scheunenviertel is the historic Jewish quarter. The quarter bustles with restaurants and shops.
The longest section of the Berlin Wall parallels the River Spree southeast of Alexanderplatz. Take the S-Bahn to Ostbahnhof and walk right one long block to the river.
Schloss Charlottenburg is a complex of baroque palaces, rebuilt after WWII, that served as the home for the royal Hohenzollern rulers.
The disabled cruiser visiting Berlin
Where You’re Docked
Ships dock at both Rostock and Warnemunde.
Most ships docked in Rostock run shuttles into Rostock town center, a trip of no more than 10 minutes.
Car hire is available at the port and taxis also wait outside.
Good to Know
Currency & Best Way to Get Money
The official currency is the euro.
The official language in Berlin
Prime shopping districts include the Am Gendarmenmarkt and Friedrichstadt Passagen and the Kurfurstendamm, a tree-lined boulevard and the main shopping street in former West Berlin.
A local favorite is ‘fischbroetchen’, a fried fish sandwich. Other popular German food includes ‘bratkartoffeln’ (fried potatoes, often with diced bacon and/or onions), Bratwurst sausages and Sauerkraut (shredded cabbage).
Points of Interest
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