After enjoying our morning in Warnemunde we took the short 20 minute train down to Rostock and subsequent tram to The city center. The guide provided by the pier information shop provides very clear directions along with a self guided walk of both Warnemunde and Rostock.
Soon we were at Neur Markt, the heart of Rostock bustling with students and market stalls. While Warnemunde is full of fishing village charm and quant shops, Rostock is livelier with typical commercial shops, pedestrian zones, and tourists from beyond the cruise ship.
From Neur Markt we strolled to University Square lined with food carts, demonstrations, cafes and folks enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. The Baltics have thrown us for a temperature loop. Forecasts of 58 degree highs have yielded an afternoon in the low 80s with blazing sun.
While Rostock has more historic churches to explore Warnemunde oozes seaside charm. St. Marian church with its soaring organ and incredible astronomical clock tucked behind the nave is certainly worth a visit.
One thing we’ve not been able to find has been the plethora of tacky tourist shops seen all over most tourist cities. And I’ll admit, I want country or city t-shirts.
Back at the pier shop managed to find one location tee then it was back on board to enjoy an afternoon cocktail.
We continued to explore the ship before the Getaway set sail. Our Captain managed an impressive k-turn kissing the edges of the narrow harbor and we were off with much fanfare. Local ships and ferries provided an escort responding to our horn trumpets and folks lined the harbor to watch the departure under a blaze of fireworks.