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Rostock - resurrection of Hanseatic glory and DDR history. How to fill one day in the city.

Updated March 21, 2017
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  1. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rostock, Germany
    University Square is the liveliest spot in the city. University students and shoppers in Kröpeliner Straße mall pass and take a rest underneath the trees. The „Joy of Life“ fountain in the middle of the square (see separate tip) attracts kids a…
  2. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rostock, Germany
    Respect please: The University of Rostock was founded in 1419. It was the first university in the whole of Northern Europe, a centre of humanism that influenced Scandinavia and the Baltic states. In those times it was known as „the Light of the Nor…
  3. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rostock, Germany
    Kröpeliner Tor, the western gate tower of the old town on the street to Kröpelin, is the only of the four preserved gate towers that is preserved in its more or less original medieval shape. It was built in the 13th/14th century in brick gothic and…
  4. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rostock, Germany
    Rostock’s main shopping street became the DDR’s first pedestrian mall already in the 1960s. The eastern part between Neuer Markt and Universitätsplatz has many renaissance and baroque houses. The oldest building is no. 82, the medieval parsonage…
  5. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rostock, Germany
    Neuer Markt is named „new“ because it was new in the late middle ages when three so far independent quarters united and built a common town hall. The square was surrounded by the beautiful houses of rich patricians before the war, only a few of t…
  6. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rostock, Germany
    The main parish church of the city gives testimony of medieval Rostock’s wealth and power, based on long-distance overseas trade of the Hansa. Rostock’s rich merchants donated the money to build a church to equal the Marienkirche of the mighty ri…
  7. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rostock, Germany
    Lange Straße, one of the main streets in the centre, is Rostock’s most remarkable example of Hanseatic socialist architecture. It has been renewed in the 1950s in Stalinist style. Both sides of the street are accompanied by huge blocks and towers …
  8. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rostock, Germany
    The entire eastern third of the old town was neglected on purpose and left to decay in DDR times. It must have been one of the worst-looking old town quarters in the whole of East Germany after 40 years of socialism. However, since the 1990s restorat…
  9. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Rostock, Germany
    The medieval brick gothic basilica of St Peter was heavily damaged by World War II. In DDR times it was left in a miserable state. The rebuilding was only finished in 1994 with the addition of the tall pointed spire. The church is standing on a hill …
  10. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rostock, Germany
    The remnants of the former hospital buildings now belong to the modern school of music and theatre. The result is a fascinating mix of medieval and modern. I assume the hospital had been in ruins since the war and the parts that were still standing h…
  11. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rostock, Germany
    The river bank by the old town, harbour area in former times, has been turned into a promenade. Some of the old storage buildings, like the one built in 1935 at the end of Grubenstraße, still serve their original purpose while others have been turne…
  12. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rostock, Germany
    The so-called Harbour Quarter mostly consists of DDR Plattenbauten, concrete buildings made from pre-fabricated pieces, like in all socialist cities. Here, however, the local style has been adopted and even the Plattenbauten have received a facade de…
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