Rostock is the biggest city and deep-water port in Mecklenburg. The main industries are tourism, the roll-on-roll-off ferries to Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Lithuania, specialised shipbuilding and the manufacture of wind turbines and cranes.
The university, founded in 1419, has 15,000 students.
The city suffered badly in WWll with 60% destruction within the walls. This has resulted in a variety of architecture. Some Medieval and Renaissance buildings survived while others have been rebuilt to the original design. The main traffic street, Lange Strasse, rebuilt between 1950 and 1960 is an excellent example of modern construction using elements of Gothic decoration. The rest of the city centre is completely pedestrianised.
Attractions within the city include the medieval city walls and gates, fine churches, a museum housed in a 14th century convent, an astronomical clock dating from 1472, pleasant shopping precincts, a variety of good cafes and restaurants and many relaxing green areas.
The main station, a 5min tram ride from the centre, is the departure point for visits to Schwerin, Stralsund, Wismar, Bad Doberan, Lübeck, Berlin and Hamburg.
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How to get to Rostock City from Warnemünde by train/tram
There are several interesting, alternative ways to get to the City Centre, all starting with the s-bahn and using exactly the same ticket. (see Ticket Prices - Local Transport' page for details) Trains depart Warnemünde every 15 mins throughout the day, every day.
The train you require is the S1- destination Rostock or S2-destination Güstrow
The first part of the route travels through high rise suburbs built to house the exploding population during the 1960's, 70's and 80's when Rostock was East Germany's 'Gateway to the World', its only deep-sea port. Although most directions recommend to change from train to tram at the Hauptbahnhof (main station) there are three other stations at which you can make the change; each on a different, interesting tram route into the city centre.
Stations at which you can change from train to tram:-
Marienehe - 5th stop - for a 20min tram ride through green outer suburbs built during the GDR and National Socialist eras clearly showing the different architectural styles, past the former Neptune Shipyard, now a shopping centre, down the main street of the old working class apartment area and through Doberaner Platz, now a trendy Bistro and cafe precinct.
At the station go up the stairs, turn right across the overhead bridge, turn left down the slope to the tram platform, cross the tram lines and take a #1 or #5 tram to any of the three city stops - Kröpeliner Tor, Lange Straße or Neuer Markt.
Holbein Platz - 7th stop - for a 10 min tram ride past the former Neptune Shipyard, now a shopping centre, and down the main street of the old working class apartment area now home to many of our 15,000 university students.
At the station go down the stairs to street level, cross the tram lines and take a #1 or #5 tram to any of the three city stops - Kröpeliner Tor, Lange Straße or Neuer Markt
Park Strasse - 8th stop - for a 5 min tram ride past old working-class apartments and through Doberaner Platz, now a trendy Bistro and cafe area.
At the station go down the stairs to street level, turn left through the subway ,then right to the street, cross the tram lines and take a #6 tram to any of the three city stops - Kröpeliner Tor, Lange Straße or Neuer Markt
Rostock Hauptbahnhof - 9th stop - for a 5 min tram ride past villas built for the wealthy in the late 1800's but now mostly divided into apartments and offices, past the city walls and the Stein Tor - once the city's second most important gate.
Take the stairs down one level to the main concourse and then down one more level to tram platform A marked City, the sign is just above the stairway. Take a #5 or #6 tram to any of the three city stops - Neuer Markt, Lange Staße or Kroepeliner Tor.
Total travel time on all the routes is between 25 and 30 minutes depending on connections.
Please note that your ticket is valid for the whole journey, both train and tram.
Do not forget to validate it in the yellow box before you get on the train.
How to get to Rostock City from Warnemünde by boat
The Blaue Flotte run a river cruise between Warnemünde and Rostock City which can be used for single journeys or a round trip.
Turn right out of the terminal gate, follow the quay past the cross-river ferry and the tour boat is on the right.
Departures from Warnemünde approximately every half hour from 10:30.
After disembarking in the Stadthafen , cross the car park and the main road, walk straight up the pedestrian street opposite, cross the next main road and straight ahead into Breite Strasse, also a pedestrian street.
This is the City Centre.
The one-way trip takes about 1hour. Cost 12euros one way.
Timetable changes are advertised on a board beside the gangway. The boats are always crowded so it is advisable to be there in good time if you want an outside seat.
Hot and cold drinks (including alcohol), snacks and light meals are available on board.
Please note that this boat is operated by a private company - local transport day tickets are not valid
How to get back to Warnemünde:-
By tram and train.
If, at the end of the day, you would like to return by a different route there are several ways to get back to Warnemünde using a single or day ticket.
From the Kröpeliner Tor (the tall brick tower at the end of the pedestrian shopping street) walk down the steps at the side of the KTC shopping centre to Lange Strasse
From University square walk down Breite Strasse to Lange Strasse
From the Neuer Markt use the stop in front of the Rathaus.
At all three stops the tram platforms are in the middle of the road and the directions are exactly the same from each.
1. From the nearer platform take a #5 or #6 to Hauptbahnhof.
Trains to Warnemunde depart approximately every 15 mins up to 10pm and every 30mins. thereafter from various platforms. Check the platform for the next train with the indicator board on the wall of the tram platform.
3. Cross the tracks and take a #1 or a #5 to Holbein Platz. Up the stairs to the station. Warnemünde trains depart approximately every 15 mins. up to 10pm and every 30 mins. thereafter from the right hand side.
4. Cross the tracks and take a #1 or a #5 to Marienehe. Up the slope to the bridge, down the stairs to the station. Warnemünde trains depart aproximately every 15 mins. up to 10pm and every 30 mins. thereafter from the right hand side.
From University Square walk down Breite Strasse, cross the main road, take the pedestrian street (Schnickmann Strasse) straight ahead down to the river and the Blaue Flotte landing stage.
Boats depart every half hour up to 15:15, later if there is the demand..
NB. The last boat usually departs at 15:15 (3.15pm)