On the way to the Hanseatic Day!

As if all roads lead to Rome. All roads lead to Rostock! Whether by ship, car, or bike, our guests were very creative, when figuring out how to arrive in Rostock in the most spectacular way. We accompanied the travelers in the days before the big event to show you the most creative traveling methods.


During the hanseatic period, ships were essential for trading. It makes sense that cogs, as hanseatic ships, would sail to Rostock laden with goods. Along for the ride are the ships “Lisa von Lübeck,” the “Wissemara,” and the Estonian ship “Hiiu Ingel” that completed its maiden voyage on the way to Rostock. On the route, the historical replica of a fire wood ship stopped at the hanseatic cities Riga and Stralsund. The Dutch “Kamper Kogge” was also part of the group, and held everybody in suspense to whether or not she would make it to Rostock. After machine damage, the cog needed to be repaired. With joined efforts, the “Kamper Kogge” was able to make it to Warnemünde on Tuesday with “Cap San Diego.” Since only an old nautical chart from the Middle Ages was on board, the ship first turned into the Alten Strom. After tacking, and hearing the welcome of project manager Rita Berkholz with the words “Kampen! Welcome to Rostock!,” Kamper Kogge made her way along the Warnow to her mooring by the Silo-peninsula.

This time not with the strength of the wind, but with the strength in their muscles, the Osterburgers paddled into the hanseatic city of Rostock. With the support of a Rostock association, they managed to make it all the way to Rostock.

The sea route of a different type was contested by “Kaffenkahn Askania” from Halle by the Saale. The group from Halle only brought their boat part of the way to Rostock. When that became impossible, the journey continued on a low-loader.

Fotos: Hansestadt Halle, Äin Tahiste, Hansestadt Brilon, Hansestadt Rostock, Annika Schmied

On bike

Some journeys required a bit of athleticism, such as the arrival of Hans, the hanseatic biker, and the delegation from Brilon. Hans biked from Lübeck to Rostock – but not on the usual path. No, spread over two weeks, Hans biked from hanseatic city to hanseatic city. His route even passed through Poland. Each city welcomed him with open arms and in Rostock he was welcomed with his own native city sign.

The bikers from Brilon decided on a direct route, and the shortest bike time. In three days, the team in uniform red jerseys finished their 550 kilometer journey from North Rhine-Westphalia to Rostock. With daily milestones set at up to 200 kilometers, the Briloners biked at an athletic pace to Rostock.

We warmly welcome all the guests of the Hanseatic Day, and look forward to the coming days of festivities!


Frederike Schirra