When I told friends that I was headed to Rostock, many of them laughed and asked me why. The tone in their voice hinted that Rostock wasn’t at the top of most people’s “must visit” travel lists. Well, it happened that my German language school was offering a day trip there for only 10 euros and I thought why not? It was a chance to see the Baltic Coast and visit yet another part of Germany.
Admittedly my friends were right, there is not a lot to see and do in Rostock. While the town is rather quaint and quite pretty, it doesn’t take long to catch most major points of interest like the waterfront or historical center. The city is best visited in a day before heading off to another town along the Baltic Coast or catching a ferry to Finland, Denmark, Sweden etc.
Lucky for my classmates and I, Rostock was holding their annual Hanse Sail. One of Germany’s largest maritime festivals, it attracts over 1.5 million visitors each year bringing all sorts of traditional sailing vessels to town. There was plenty of medieval entertainment to be had and we great day walking around, seeing the ships, laughing at the pirates and gypsies, listening to viking style music and most of all drinking beer, beer and more beer.
See why I had so much fun on my day trip to Rostock.
Of course, I have many more photos. If you’d like to see them, take a gander at my Rostock photo gallery. Ahoy maties!
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