Looking to explore the ports and cities of the Baltic Sea? Have you ever considered Rostock? Almost 800,000 cruise passengers visit this beautiful port city every year. Rostock-Warnemünde is one of the largest German ports as well as the most important cruise harbor in the Baltic Sea. So if you've always dreamed of taking your first European cruise, discover why Rostock might just be the perfect starting point.
Take off from Rostock
So, what makes Rostock the perfect starting point for cruises on the Baltic Sea? Well, for starters, getting there is easy and comfortable with the perfect connection by car via the “Autobahn” A19 as well as by train – there is a station directly at the port. Second of all, its strategic location: Big cruise companies appreciate the central location between the most frequented artificial waterway in the world - the North Sea Canal - and the open sea towards the Nordic countries. Hence, they provide a variety of trips with great offers. Known cruise ships from AIDA Cruise, MSC, TUI Cruises or Norwegian Cruises use Rostock as a starting point and destination for excursions and discoveries all over the world. Especially popular are cruises from Rostock along the Norwegian coast with its many fjords. Roundtrips on the Baltic Sea are also very popular.
In addition, Warnemünde is favored for ferry services to Denmark, Sweden and Finland with or without a car. The trip itself provides an exciting and impressive travel experience. For arriving guests, Warnemünde is the best starting point for trips to Rostock, Berlin, Hamburg or Lübeck.
Rostock: a little bit of history
The change from an important trading center of the Middle Ages to a modern harbor town makes Rostock a very special one. Nowhere else can one find more architecture from the Middle Ages than here in the historic old town. In the footsteps of German history, such as two world wars or the Soviet occupation in the post-war period, Rostock offers a wealth of culture and history. And today, Rostock surprises as a modern university city with a multifaceted art scene. With the support of the Rostock University, the city offers the greatest variety of art in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
More of a beach goer? Baltic Sea beach pleasures can be enjoyed on the impressive Warnemunde Coast. In addition to wonderful beaches and the world-famous northern beach baskets, there are countless possibilities to enjoy authentic North German cuisine and the peaceful, undisturbed way of life.
Insider tips for ship passengers
If you are on one of the numerous Baltic sea cruise ships which stop in Rostock, you should take a trip to the Rostock shipping museum in the IGA Park. The museum also includes the former motor ship Dresden, the traditional “Frieden” ship, which is permanently anchored here as a museum ship for sightseeing.
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Rostock for cruise guests
Whether a stopover during a sea voyage, a last night in a non-swaying bed before setting sail or to rest after a long boat trip - the Radisson Blu Hotel, Rostock is the perfect accommodation for cruise vacationers. The central location offers guests the best options for exploring the city as well as the best connections to the port facilities.