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Rostock, founded in the 13th century, is the largest city in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, northeast Germany. It is located approximately 117km's northeast of Lübeck and 282km's northeast of Berlin. The city is situated along the beautiful Warnow River's estuary and throughout the Cold War Rostock was considered as the largest and busiest seaport in East Germany. With so many interesting sights to see here in Rostock, it is advisable to hire a car. Search and compare quotes for car hire in Rostock right here and let us find you the cheapest deals online.
There are a number of interesting historical buildings here in Rostock, such as the 117m tall steepled Petri Church, constructed in 1994. Tourists are able to climb the steeple from inside if they wish. Marien Church features an astronomical clock, dating from the 15th century. Also impressive are the Rochus altar, the pulpit, the high altar and the noblemen's box, with the organ above it.
The Holy Cross Cloister is a heritage and historical museum which features a comprehensive collection of Dutch paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries. It offers a great deal of information about the development of the city, and has a continually changing programme of special exhibitions. The Town Hall dates from the 13th century but the Baroque frontage and the reception hall were completed in the mid-18th century.
The sturdy Kuhtor is the oldest tower gate in northern Germany. The Kroepeliner Tor at the end of the pedestrian zone is a breathtaking Gothic structure. Today, the 54-metre high tower serves as a museum. Other attractions in the town include: the Seafaring Museum, which includes maritime coinage and models; Zoo Rostock, which houses 2,000 species from across the globe; and the Botanical Garden, which covers eight hectares. Rostock's most photographed street, Kröpeliner-Strasse, a pedestrians-only walkway, is lined with shops.
Many tourists flock to the nearby Warnemuende, which has, over the years, developed from a tiny fishing village into a fine Baltic coastal resort. Here, the 500-metre long Westmole and the Marine Promenade, with its lighthouse, attract many tourists. There are lots of small shops and quaint bars among the gabled houses in the Alten Strom. The Heritage Museum is situated in one of the half-timbered houses. Also of interest is the Warnemuende lighthouse, which was built in 1897. A pleasant drive is to Stralsund, 72km away on the E22, and by opting for car hire in Rostock tourists can visit all the curious seafront towns along the way.
The nearest airport is Flughafen Rostock-Laage, located just over 30 km's south of Rostock, and receives domestic and international flights from other European cities. Car rental suppliers operating from desks in the airport's arrival hall are; Avis, Sixt, Hertz and Europcar. For the best deals search and compare car rental prices online with us today. We offer a larger selection of cars for our customers to choose from, as well as some great optional extras including; child seats, baby chairs and GPS.
Driving from Berlin, tourists can take the scenic E55. Alternatively, the A19, A10 and A24 will also get them there from Berlin. The city is also well connected to rail and bus services from around Germany and the rest of Europe.