Destination Rostock

The Planning Association Region Rostock is a corporation under public law. It includes the hanseatic city of Rostock, the administrative district Rostock as well as the cities of Güstrow, Bad Doberan and Teterow. The association is responsible for spatial development within the region and thus also for the living conditions of 420.000 inhabitants, who live in 120 municipalities on an area of 3.600 For this region, which is the economical heart of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, it has developed the general principle to become a growing region on the Baltic Sea _ innovative-maritime-close to nature.

The main tasks of the Planning Association are to prepare the regional development program and to foster coordinated actions by the key actors to promote its implementation. It also issues statements of regional objectives on development plans. Above it supports the concrete implementation of regional planning by taking part in different international, national and regional research and praxis projects (e.g. INTERREG).


Bild Welcome to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Swim, sail, surf, paddle - tune out and relax. The clocks run a bit differently here. Enjoy the moment in peace and breathe deeply. Discover and enjoy. Quaint villages and elegant seaside resorts, monumental brick churches and fairytale castles, images from the Romantic era and the legends of the Middle Ages – this Land’s numerous treasures is awaiting you.

The Hanseatic City of Rostock is the economic center of northeast Germany. The greater Rostock region – with a population of approximately 500,000 – is the gateway to the Baltic Sea, one of Europe’s fastest growing economic regions. Situated at the heart of the axes connecting Berlin-Copenhagen and Hamburg-Stettin, Rostock is a strategic business location.

Rostock has a rich tradition as a port and University City and is among Germany’s prime locations for the fields of maritime technology, biotechnology and medical technology, tourism and healthcare. A core of research and integrated in numerous international networks, Rostock also has a qualified and motivated workforce at hand.

Bild The boom region Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and especially the Hanseatic City of Rostock, is rapidly gaining in economic importance. According to a 2008 study by Initiative Neue Soziale Marktwirtschaft and the magazine Wirtschaftswoche, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is ranked as the second-most dynamic economic region nationwide, topped only by Hamburg. The economic growth experienced in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the first half-year 2007 – 4 % – was the strongest in all of Germany. Since 2004 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s rate of unemployment has fallen at a rate unmatched by any other area in Germany.

Still debating? Why not take a drive to Rostock-Warnemünde. If you’d like to take advantage of all of the attractive features of this region, with the added benefit of idyllic white sandy beaches and healthy Baltic Sea air, say yes to Rostock. Dock here! We would be pleased to welcome you to the region.


Bild The 19th century witnessed countless seaside resorts created along the German Baltic Sea coast. This made the coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with its fine sandy beaches what it is today: an enormous bathing area and an endless promenade. Sun worshipers and bathing fans, surfers and romantics, skippers and health resort guests from across the globe populate the quiet, small locations.

The summer holiday makers appreciate the retiring villages partially because of the peacefully and quietly mood as well as the numerous cycle and hiking paths. Equally the enormous forests are in great conditions for hiking. The combination of salty, damp sea air and the fragrant forest air is unique in its curative effects – and not only in summer.

Bild Every August over one million guests attend the Hanse Sail in Rostock to admire the large windjammers from all over the world. Some guests manage to live out a childhood dream and put to sea themselves in a large yacht. Others prefer a less ambitious trip and make for moorings at the yachting harbours of Warnemünde for example.

Visitors of Rostock who like to go walking or cycling can very well do so in the beautiful Rostock Heath. There you find a network of walking and cycling trails.

Warnemünde welcomes visitors with a 100-metre wide sandy beach, a light house, old fishermen’s cottages and a fish market. You can enjoy a meal in one of the traditional fish restaurants before you visit the harbour with the fishing and sailing boats.

And if you want to see more of the region you should go on a trip to Bad Doberan and Heiligendamm. The Gothic minster certainly is worth a visit. From there you can go on a trip on the “Molli” narrow-gauge railway to Germany’s oldest seaside resort Heiligendamm founded in 1793. Heiligendamm is also known as “White Town by the Sea” due to the classicist white buildings lining the beach promenade.


Bild Rostock enjoys a grandiose history composed of hanseatic flair reflected in monumental brick cathedrals with world cultural heritage status and a wealth of harbour and fishing romanticism. Rostock is an 800 years old hanseatic town in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. It’s a university and port-town with typical north German brick architecture in the historical centre.

During the Middle Ages the town hall also was a merchant’s hall were traders would sell their goods. It has been the seat of the town council for almost 800 years and the baroque banqueting hall on the upper floor is also used for concerts.

St. Mary’s Church (Marienkirche) was built in the 13th century and is an imposing Gothic brick church. Inside there is an astronomical clock built by Hans Düringer in 1472. St. Nicolas Church is the oldest church in Rostock and was built in the mid 13th century. It too is a Gothic brick church and was heavily destroyed during WW2. It was restored and is now used as an exhibition centre and concert hall. The acoustics are outstanding.

Rostock also is home to one of the oldest universities in the world. The University of Rostock was founded in 1419. The University of Rostock is the oldest university in northern Europe. Its tradition is still upheld today: Rostock is the state’s foremost center of research and science and exerts an influence over entire north-east Germany.

If you are interested in cultural history, you shouldn’t miss out the Cultural History Museum. Besides medieval arts and arts from the 16th to 19th century it also shows crafts from the Ahrenshoop and Schwaan artistic colonies. In the nearby seaside resort of Warnemünde you can visit the Local History Museum which is located in an old fishermen’s cottage built in 1767.

Regional Partner

Regionaler Planungsverband Mittleres Mecklenburg / Rostock

Planungsverband Region Rostock
c/o Amt für Raumordnung und Landesplanung Region Rostock Landesbehördenzentrum

Erich-Schlesinger-Straße 35
18059 Rostock

Phone / Fax / e-mail
+49 3 81 33189459
+49 3 81 33189470

Partner Airport

Airport Rostock


Up-to-date holiday offers from hotels, guest houses and for holiday flats in the land between the Baltic Sea coast and the Lake District are available.

Rostock Region

1900 km of beaches and steep coastlines, 2000 sparkling lakes and crystal clear rivers – there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the water in Germany’s favorite »water Land«.




City of Rostock: 200,4591
Rostock Region: approx. 500,000
1 as of 31.03.2008

City of Rostock

  • only deep-sea port on the German Baltic Sea coast
  • daily ferry connections to Scandinavia, the Baltic States and seasonal connections to Russia
  • intersected by the motorways A19 and A20 with direct connection to the entire European network of trunk roads
  • airport Rostock-Laage with connections to the international hubs Cologne/Bonn, Munich, and Stuttgart as well as seasonal international connections
  • only city in northern Germany with an uninterrupted beltway; buses and local trains make local transportation easy
  • Warnow Tunnel, the first-ever privately financed transportation project in Germany (public-private partnership) connects the sections of the city on the east and west sides of the Warnow river
  • service, exhibition and conference center of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern