Warnemunde and Rostock

Warnemunde is a well known vacation resort with characteristic basket-chairs on the sandy beach.
It was one of the most popular East German holiday towns, and there are many hotels and health spas.

We stayed at marina at the new Hohe Düne Resort on the south side of the Warnow River (top of the picture) and took a ferry over to Warnemunde.

A channel is the main harbor for tourists, with many restaurants and souvenir shops. Because there are
so many commercial boats, it is hard for private boats to find a space to moor on the Warnemunde side.

Boats restaurants are always busy. The hot fried fish on a bun is delicious. Some people chose marinated
herring. A large raw herring fillet folded onto white bread did not look very appetizing, not even to a Swede.

The beach is very wide and filled with people lying in the sun when it is hot in August.

There is a paved promenade along the beach. It is very hard to walk on the fine beach sand.

Grass was planted to prevent erosion of the sand.

Other plants like wild roses help protect the sand from wind and rain.

Souvenir shop selling sea shells near the light house. The scallop shells cost Euro 4 each.

Warnemunde is the main entry for ferries to and from Rostock. This is the light house on the Hohe Düne side.

Cruise ships moor at Warnemunde,  sometimes two this size at the same time.

Typical street with low buildings and cobble stone streets.

We ended our stay with a meal at restaurant Fischer Klaus before sailing to Rostock.

The Hanseatic City of Rostock

Rostock is only eight nautical miles up the Warnow River from Warnemunde.

New Market in Rostock with many new buildings but in old architectural style.

University Square at one end of the main pedestrian street through the old town.

Buildings along the pedestrian street. The building to the right is from 1585.

Rostock University was founded in 1419.

We visited Rostock the first time in 1990 and the hotel recommended this restaurant Zur Kogge. It is
the oldest maritime tavern in Rostock. This time we moored at the city marina, only a few blocks away.

Zur Kogge is very popular, and it is necessary to make a reservation.

Their special seafood plate: three kinds of fish with a skewer of grilled shrimp.

Many people come to the river in the evening, and sit and grill, eat and drink along the piers.

There are many marinas in the city, and there are often competitions. We stayed at the city marina near the town center.

Canoes were common, understandably so considering that most of the river is very shallow.

The old silos have been converted to offices and restaurants.

Rostock was an old Hanseatic city, as can be seen from this wall on the converted silos.

Many old ships visit Rostock. View of Rostock harbor towards the west.

The city harbor as seen from our mooring place at the city marina.

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