Hanseatic City of Rostock

The city of Rostock dates back nearly 800 years as a Hanseatic and harbour city. With its 200,000 inhabitants, it is the largest city in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and is also the academic, cultural and economic centre of the state.

Since the beginning of the 15th century, Rostocks city centre has been characterised by its university, with which the likes of Albert Einstein, Max Planck and Heinrich Schliemann can be associated. With eight faculties, the University of Rostock is among the German universities with the widest range of programmes offered. Approximately 13,000 students are currently enrolled. There are an additional 450 students at the Academy of Music and Theatre, stimulating the cultural life of the city.

Maritime Economy

Rostock has a long maritime tradition with a strong shipbuilding and supply industry as well as training of navigators and seamen. At the highly modern Warnemünde shipyard, the largest container ships in all of Germany have been built for many years. The company Neptun Stahlbau GmbH, formed from the Neptun shipyard, furnished Rostocks ferry terminal with modern technology. Luxury river cruise liners are also built here.

The Warnemünde college for navigation and maritime studies has produced many qualified ships officers who have worked and gained recognition all over the world. With its profile of renowned mechanical engineering companies such as Caterpillar and Liebherr, successful technology and entrepreneur centers as well as new medical technology companies, the interfusion of science and practice, tradition and modernity and characterise the future development of Rostock.


Rostocks strengths do not only lie in science and economy, but also in tourism. The seaside resort town of Warnemünde with its unique flair is a magnet for both domestic and international tourists. Its "Alter Strom" was Rostocks only shipping lane up until the beginning of the previous century and today is an attraction for tourists from all parts of the world.

The beautiful sandy beach stretching for kilometres was formerly only an insider tip, but is today well known and appreciated by locals and visitors from all over the world. The waters around Warnemünde are esteemed by sailors as one of the best sailing areas in the world.