In 2018, the city of Rostock celebrates its 800th anniversary. After the city was granted the city rights in 1218, Rostock grew rapidly. The geographic vicinity to the Baltic Sea allowed ship building, maritime trade, fishery and tourism to flourish. These developments left their mark on the history of the city. Traces of the Hanse are recognisable in the city scape. Historical buildings as well as the fine beach sand of the Baltic Sea have ever since attracted visitors from all over the world. Every year, almost 200 cruisers berth the ports of the Warnow River esturary in Warnemünde. The rich traditional cultural heritage is present in Rostock’s food service industry that offers regional delicacies ranging from freshly made fish dishes to Rostocker Beer. The lively Hanseatic and University City offers unique maritime worlds of experiences with traditional sailing ships and modern cruisers. Every year in early July, the Warnemünde Week is celebrated with a top-class sailing regatta. In addition to this, the Hanse Sail is held every second weekend in August with 200 traditional sailing ships participating.
Science and Research
Founded in 1419, the University of Rostock is the oldest university in Northern Europe and an internationally renowned centre for science and research in the Baltic Region. Nine faculties offer more than 100 courses. The 15,000 students contribute to Rostock’s young character. Among the prominent students who earned a degree in Rostock, was the fromer Federal President of Germany, Joachim Gauck. The university will celebrate its 600th jubilee in 2019.
Founding Member of the Hanse
In the mid-13th century, the city joined the Hanseatic League and thus counts amongst the first Hanseatic Cities. Until the 17th century, the Hanseatic League dominated trade in Northern Europe. Together with the city of Lübeck, Rostock was significantly involved in the formation of the City League and hosted the 2nd edition of the Hanseatic Day in 1358. Fish and beer were of particular importance for the Hanseatic trade and were mainly exported to Riga, Sweden and Norway. To this day, trade, shipping and ports continue to be relevant for the economic development of the Hanseatic and University City.
For further information visit www.rostock.de
photos: Rostock Marketing/Sebastian Krauleidis (2), TZRW/Joachim Kloock, TZRW/Nordlicht