The City of Rostock (German) is proud of its 800-year history. Its gabled houses, brick warehouses, gates, fortifications, and churches attest to its medieval history and wealth. Visitors will find many interesting examples of medieval and renaissance architecture in Old Town. The 1490 Hausbaumhaus is one of the Port of Rostock’s few remaining wooden structures. The 15th Century St. Marien Church dominates Old Town, and St. Petri Church boasts a 355-foot steeple. The Wokrenterstrasse is lined by traditional gabled houses of history’s wealthy classes.
The Port of Rostock’s Town Hall has housed the Port of Rostock’s leaders since the 13th Century, and it’s Germany’s oldest Gothic town hall made of brick. St. Katharine’s Convent was used as a Franciscan monastery in the early 13th Century. Since then, it’s been a poorhouse, a hospital, an old folks’ home, and a school. Today, the building houses the College of Music and Theater of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Visitors can learn about the traditional history of beer-making at the Rostock Brewery. The staff shares with visitors the secrets of their trade and tastes of the sweet, rich beer. The Maritime Simulation Center, the only one in the world, trains sea-going officers in nautical and technical ship operations.
Warnemuende has been an important part of the Port of Rostock since 1323, a resort town where fishing boats line and fishers sell their catch at tables along the old channel. The beach at Warnemuende is a popular destination, and the town’s spas offer tranquil relaxation among beautiful historic settings. The 92-foot high 1897 Warnemunde Lighthouse offers a breathtaking view of the sea and the harbor.