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Rostock

The large port city of Rostock will never win a beauty contest and for good reason – the town was devastated in WWII and later pummelled by socialist architectural ‘ideals’. Its biggest drawcard – Warnemünde, which has one of Germany’s most appealing beaches – is 13km northwest, where the Warnow River flows into the Baltic Sea.

Rostock does have small but attractive historic enclaves – but you generally have to wade past a landscape of concrete eyesores to reach them. Perhaps its best feature is the vibrant energy provided by the 11,000 university students.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Rostock.