Rostock is near the Baltic Sea and to protect its fishing and access rights it actually annexed Warnemünde, a port area to the north.
The Airport Rostock-Laage (RLG) lies near Rostock.
Rostock-Laage (RLG) Airport is served by flights to Munich (MUC), Stuttgart (STG) and Fuerteventura (FUE). Alternatively you can fly to Hamburg (HAM), Bremen (BRE) or Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) and travel by train to Rostock.
Rostock features a good inner-city system of trams, buses, S-Bahn and ferries. A bus system serves other locations in the surroundings.
Warnemünde beach . Visit the sandy 3km beach at Warnemünde in the north. Go swimming there, if the weather is warm enough. edit
City Hall, . The City Hall has many shows and music events edit
Zoo, 18059 Rostock, Barnstorfer Ring,
Warnemünde lighthouse, which was built in 1897, is near the beach promenade. It is still in use. The view from the high tower provides an impressive view of the Baltic Sea and nearby Rostock region.
The nearby Teepott (Teapot) is another famous landmark. It has a curved roof and is an interesting example of East German architecture.
An old canal area in Warnemünde boast restaurants, pubs, and a fish market.
Bunker 302, Eichenthaler Weg 7, 15 Euro.
Hansa Rostock – The local professional football club.
KTV. The Kröpeliner-Tor-Vorstadt (KTV, “Kröpelin Gate Suburb”) was the first part of Rostock built outside the medieval city walls, in the 2nd half of the 19th century. Originally designed to house workers flocking to the newly industrialised town, today’s KTV is one of the most popular residential areas, especially with students and artists. It is here that you will find the highest density of bars, cafes and small shops selling handicraft or organic food.
To get to KTV from Rostock’s main shopping street (Kröpeliner Straße), follow it all the way to the west, passing Kröpelin Gate and crossing the tram lines. Everything in front of you now is already part of KTV. Check out the Doberaner Platz, where most tram lines stop, where the best Döner Kebab is sold, and where everyone seems to meet before a pub crawl with friends. edit
shipping tour on the Warnow,
Stadtmauer (city walls), .While much of Rostock’s fortifications were removed on the “sea”side (towards the river Warnow), a large part of the city wall remains on the “land” side and is certainly worth a visit. You will encounter 3 remaining gates, Kröpeliner Tor, Steintor (stone gate) and the oldest, Kuhtor (cow gate). Guided tours (some of them by a guide dressed up as a medieval night-watchman) are available and recommended for anyone interested in the history of the town. They can be booked under the stated link or in the tourist office. For the “night-watchman” tour, it is also possible to simply turn up at Petrikirche at 8pm if you’re not with a large group, but the tour will then be in German only. edit
Climb the tower of Petrikirche (St. Petri’s church), open from 10am, closing time depends on the season (currently 4pm October to April and 6pm May – September – consult website if unsure). Petrikirche boasts the tallest tower of the three remaining churches within the old town. The church itself can be visited for free (open daily, mind the Sunday service 11-12am) although the parish will be grateful for any change you put in the collection pillar. For the tower, there is a small admission fee (3€; 2€ for students or with the Warnowpass; family ticket (2 grown-ups, 2 kids) 6€ plus 1,50€ for each additional child). Climbing the steep spiral stairs is fun and a good exercise! There is also a barrier-free option: The parish has had the original bell shaft replaced by a lift which brings you up to the platform. It offers good views over town, river and harbour. Many guided tours of Rostock also start in front of the church.
Also worth keeping in mind: The parish has installed what is probably the only free public toilet in the old town (although, again, it might be a nice idea to put some coins into the collection column inside the church), also barrier-free and accessible from the outside, to the left of the main entrance. edit
Watch the sunset in the harbour. Take some drinks and food down and watch time pass by – as well as sailing boats, rowing boats, and plenty of seagulls. If it’s herring season, the quay at the Silos will be full of fishermen.
If you’re not into bring-your-own, there is a number of restaurants and bars along the quay, from German, Italian and Greek to Spanish cuisine. Between the theatre and Latino bar “Besitos”, you will find plenty of young people playing “Kubb”, at least during summer. Why not try it out yourself? If you ask nicely, you are sure to be allowed a shot. Or buy your own wooden kit at the games store “Wupatki”, Rungestraße 17. BTW: This part of the harbour is usually called “Strand” (beach) by locals, even if there is no sand within sight.