409 Rostock (Warnemunde) Cruise Reviews

Excellent, helpful guide named Ulf. Nice restaurant for lunch. Beautiful area and enjoyed every minute of it. Don't miss the historic church, St. Mary's, and the highlight was Schwerin Castle floating, it seemed on Lake
Excellent, helpful guide named Ulf. Nice restaurant for lunch. Beautiful area and enjoyed every minute of it. Don't miss the historic church, St. Mary's, and the highlight was Schwerin Castle floating, it seemed on Lake Schwerin. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
WOW... we arrived to a tall ships race, and a wonderful carnival and festival of music and beer....the city was a veritable happening. Take a 15 minute train ride to Rostock, also a lovely city to roam around in.
WOW... we arrived to a tall ships race, and a wonderful carnival and festival of music and beer....the city was a veritable happening. Take a 15 minute train ride to Rostock, also a lovely city to roam around in. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
No need to take a 6 hour bus trip to Berlin - if you want to see Berlin, go to Berlin. Take time to wander around this lovely fishing town. Fantastic lunch at Aqua Sol.
No need to take a 6 hour bus trip to Berlin - if you want to see Berlin, go to Berlin. Take time to wander around this lovely fishing town. Fantastic lunch at Aqua Sol. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
We walked around and then took the train to Rostock.
We walked around and then took the train to Rostock. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
The ship offered a number of different excursions into Berlin, but we had been there before so took an excursion into Rostock, which was pretty but was disappointed we had no time on our own because the guide had to allow time to include a ... Read More
The ship offered a number of different excursions into Berlin, but we had been there before so took an excursion into Rostock, which was pretty but was disappointed we had no time on our own because the guide had to allow time to include a stop at a local pub where we had a free beer and pretzel, and also received a souvenir mug. After arriving back at the ship, our departure time was not until 11:00 pm so decided to see Warnemunde which was within walking distance of the ship. Warnemunde is a very scenic beach town which is used as a vacation spot by the German people, and this was August which is vacation time so it was very crowded, but fun. There was also a very scenic street on a canal, which was lined with restaurants, pubs, and shops. It was a fun port to just wander and enjoy the atmosphere. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
We had elected to visit Warnemunde and Rostock on our own, so about 10:00 a.m.,we took our boarding cards, passports and day pack and made the 10-15 minute walk from the ship to the little harbor town of Warnemunde. We had received ... Read More
We had elected to visit Warnemunde and Rostock on our own, so about 10:00 a.m.,we took our boarding cards, passports and day pack and made the 10-15 minute walk from the ship to the little harbor town of Warnemunde. We had received directions to an ATM, which was about 3-4 blocks into the center of town. Within a bank building on the square that surrounded the church was an ATM. The screen was a little confusing at first, since it was in German, but once we spotted the flags at the bottom to select English, our cash withdrawal proceeded fairly easily. We somehow missed an option for a receipt (probably while the screen was still in German), so although we got our cash, we didn't have a printed record of the withdrawal. We did a little shopping at some of the many souvenir shops along the "main drag", as we headed back towards the train station, which we had passed on our walk from the ship. We located a ticket machine where we could purchase a pass good for use on the train to Rostock as well as the tram there. The pass that we wanted was to be 4.60 euros, but we couldn't get the machine to read our credit card, so we used some cash. The 4.60 pass was good for the two of us. There was an S1 train waiting and we hopped on. It took only about 15-20 minutes to reach Rostock. The train ended at the main train station, so there was no question as to where to get off. We had been told to catch tram 5 or 6 to Rostock city center and were under the impression that we had to walk a bit to catch it. We did walk several blocks and caught the appropriate tram, but later on our return, saw that we could have caught the tram right there in the train station at another platform. Although the tram stops were lighted on a sign on the tram, we were not sure of the correct stop, so we asked another passenger by showing her our map. When we thought our stop was approaching, we confirmed with her and she nodded yes. The tram lets you off right at market square which is overlooked by city hall and St Mary's church. It probably was only 10-15 minutes from the station to city center. There was a small market in the Rostock square, with vendors selling produce, clothing and food carts selling snacks. Leading off the square was a shopping street bustling with shoppers and other tourists. It was pleasant to walk along this street and see the shops and listen to some of the street musicians. We also visited St Mary's church, much of which dates from the 15th - 17th centuries and includes an astronomical clock that dates from the mid-1400s. At the end of the street is the Kr'peliln Gate, which is a tall tower built originally as part of the city's defenses in the 13th century. After resting a bit with coffee and a pastry at an outdoor cafe, we caught tram 5 to return to the train station. We then had only to go to platforms 1 and 2 and a train to Warnemunde was waiting. We discovered then that there is a machine on the platform for validating your ticket. We should have done that when we boarded in Warnemunde, but didn't realize it. Apparently, no one routinely checks for tickets on the trains. We returned to the ship in the late afternoon. Other passengers had elected to take either an Oceania tour or an independent tour to Berlin. We chose to skip that, as it was at least a 3 hour bus ride each way, leaving only a short time for a limited city tour. From our veranda, we watched those busloads of passengers returning to the ship about 9:45 p.m., a very long day. The positive end to their trip was that a band and about 100 crew members were lined up on the dock, singing and greeting each group of travelers as they arrived. We spoke with a few who went to Berlin and no one was ecstatic about it. Some were disappointed and others felt it was just "OK". The ship departed the port at 11:00 p.m., soon after the last of the tours returned. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Walked to "Pier 7" a gift shop/restaurant to get info on Rostock and train tickets. This took about 30min. as there were many other passengers doing the same thing and only 2 servers. Walked to the train station, and arrived in ... Read More
Walked to "Pier 7" a gift shop/restaurant to get info on Rostock and train tickets. This took about 30min. as there were many other passengers doing the same thing and only 2 servers. Walked to the train station, and arrived in Rostock @ 11:00am.Visited Marienkirche(St.Mary's Church)-very beautiful,& ornate with an elaborate alter & pipe organ. There is a small room off to the side that has photos of the holocost. We walked around Rostock-cobblestone streets,old buildings. Quaint, but it seemed very commercial with many brand name stores. Took the train back to Warnemunde and discovered it's a lovely seaside town.There were many vendors selling dry goods,souveniers & food. Climbed the 100 step lighthouse and had a wonderful view of the whole area. A large sandy beach available as well as a small amusement park. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Very pretty town with little bars and stalls at the side of the railway station to watch the world pass by! There is a busy town centre with a range of shops including a large supermarket near the church. The visit to Rostock was well ... Read More
Very pretty town with little bars and stalls at the side of the railway station to watch the world pass by! There is a busy town centre with a range of shops including a large supermarket near the church. The visit to Rostock was well organised and informative. The most disappointing part was the visit to the strawberry farm which was a series of stalls simply to encourage you to spend money. The smoked fish and strawberry schnapps were very nice however!We would have liked more time to look around the fascinating Church in Rostock. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
We took the train to Schwerin -- a beautiful town with a stunning castle. I highly recommend this trip for families. Follow Rostocker's advice/website on this trip, because Hal will not have any information. The local hospitality ... Read More
We took the train to Schwerin -- a beautiful town with a stunning castle. I highly recommend this trip for families. Follow Rostocker's advice/website on this trip, because Hal will not have any information. The local hospitality representative told me to just go to Rostock, it was too difficult. She was wrong!! We had a wonderful day -- fabulous strudel at the train station in Schwerin -- enjoyed the walk into town (around a little harbor), enjoyed going through the castle, and later found a fantastic mall. We walked around Warnemunde later in the evening, had brats and beer -- loved this long day in port. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
We took the NCL Molli Steam Train Tour in the morning. It was a great way to see the surrounding Rostock countryside, but we spent over an hour at the beautiful Bad Doberman Minster/Abbey which was WAY too long and much more history than ... Read More
We took the NCL Molli Steam Train Tour in the morning. It was a great way to see the surrounding Rostock countryside, but we spent over an hour at the beautiful Bad Doberman Minster/Abbey which was WAY too long and much more history than anyone cared about. We were only on the Molli train for about 15 min. through the streets of Bad Doberman and then back on the bus to the sea side resort town of Kuhlungsborn, where everyone said they would have preferred to have more time. Then the bus ride back to the port. I might add that the tour guide never stopped talking from beginning to end, which was informative, but exhausting. I would recommend doing it yourself by train for much cheaper. Our son explored Rostock on his own and enjoyed it. I loved walking to Warnemunde after a nap in the early afternoon. They were having a festival, so it was crowded, but a quaint little place to explore, photograph and shop for the day. We sat in an outdoor cafe and had a wine and a beer and then bought great take away fried fish sandwiches from a boat doing a brisk business about half way down on the far side of the canal. Weather in mid 70's. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
We didn't have an interest in going to Berlin, so we hopped on a train and headed up to Schwerin for the day to see the castle. It was a good 90 minutes of travel for a town that really wasn't all that much. The castle was ... Read More
We didn't have an interest in going to Berlin, so we hopped on a train and headed up to Schwerin for the day to see the castle. It was a good 90 minutes of travel for a town that really wasn't all that much. The castle was pretty, but it was hard to get much out of it without speaking/reading German. There was some signage in English, but it would have been really helpful to have had an English tour of it! Others on our ship had good things to say about the "Friends of Dave" tour--next time I think I'd do that instead. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Ship berthed very close to the town and we walked to centre where a yearly festival was in full swing showing life past and present in this part of Germany.
Ship berthed very close to the town and we walked to centre where a yearly festival was in full swing showing life past and present in this part of Germany. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
This was our second visit to Warnemunde and once again we chose to take the long (3 hours each way) train ride in to Berlin. We did the Princess tour "Berlin on Your Own" in which you get a train ticket and bus transportation ... Read More
This was our second visit to Warnemunde and once again we chose to take the long (3 hours each way) train ride in to Berlin. We did the Princess tour "Berlin on Your Own" in which you get a train ticket and bus transportation from the train station to the city center. You are dropped off and get about 4 hours to explore on your own before heading back to the bus meeting place for the return trip to the train station and back to the ship. On our first visit to Berlin in 2001 we had done this same tour and used our time to ride the Hop On/Hop Off bus to explore the city, visit the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, etc. On that tour we had driven by the Reichstag/Bundestag (Germany's Parliment Building) and loved the combination of original old architecture combined with a new modern dome that was added after reunification and moving of the German capital from Bonn back to Berlin. Anyone can walk by the building and view it, but if you want to go up into the dome it takes some advance planning. Don't just show up there and expect to be admitted. You need to have prior reservations, which are free, but it's something you need to do by internet, preferably before leaving home for your cruise. I started the process about a month before our trip by going to www.bundestag.de/htdocs_e/visits/kupp.html I encountered some problems with their web site, such that I'd get all the way through the registration process and they'd tell me they had sent me an email and that I had to click on the link in the email to finish the registration. However, the email never came, nor was it in my spam filters, etc. I tried signing up a second time and the same thing happened. Finally I emailed a human in the Bundestag tour office and enlisted her help in getting us signed up. But I still didn't get the confirmation number until about two days before we were ready to leave on our trip. So start early and have patience. The visit to the dome was worth it. There are 360 degree views of Berlin from up on the roof and you can actually look DOWN on Brandenburg Gate. When I hadn't received my confirmation from the Bundestag, as a backup plan I also booked a lunch reservation at the rooftop cafe at the Bundestag. If you have a reservation number they will let you bypass the long lines to get into the Bundestag and you go straight up to the roof. I expected it to be a fairly casual cafe but we found that the restaurant Kafer is quite lovely and also quite upscale price wise. We had a very nice lunch, but it set us back about $95 USD for the two of us (including two beers). As it turns out you don't need BOTH a dome visit reservation AND a restaurant reservation. If I had it to do over again, I would have just made the Kafer restaurant reservation and that would have given us the access we wanted to the dome in addition to the rooftop views of the city. Be prepared that if you do either of these items you will need to provide your names and dates of birth to the authorities to get the reservation. Plus when you enter the Bundestag you have to go through passport control AND show them your printed reservation number. It's a bit of a hassle, but then this is their parliment building (like our U.S. Capitol) so security is expected. It was difficult to guess how long the train and bus ride from Warnemunde to Berlin was going to take, so it was a bit tricky making those advance reservations from home. I chose a noon lunch reservation and a 1:30 dome tour reservation. The restaurant will hold your reservation for 30 minutes but release your table if you are later than that. We were very rushed trying to get to the restaurant on time. I had estimated that we'd get in to Berlin and the bus drop off point by 11:15 a.m. but we didn't get there till noon due to construction and heavy traffic. We had been told it was a 20 minute walk to the Bundestag so we tried to grab a taxi, but he wouldn't take us. He told us it was only 5 minutes away and not worth the fare. So we ended up power walking and it was every bit of a 20 minute walk. We should have tried more taxis until we found one who would take us. At any rate by the time we reached the Bundestag and went through the security lines it was 12:30 and we didn't think our lunch reservation would still be available. However our table was still open, so it all worked out. If you try something similar, give yourself more wiggle room and don't make your lunch reservation until 1 p.m. The email for restaurant reservations is kaeferreservierung.berlin@feinkost-kaefer.de After our visit to the Bundestag, we strolled around Brandenburg Gate (a block away) and had an ice cream. We had planned to walk to Checkpoint Charlie and the remnants of the Berlin Wall, however after our harrowing walk/run to get to the restaurant we were exhausted. We opted to grab a bicycle rickshaw at Brandenburg Gate and he peddled us on a scenic drive through the city and paused to show us some of the sites along the way. We felt this was worth the 6 Euro per person cost. We then took some photos around Checkpoint Charlie and the Wall remnants and walked about 15-20 minutes back to Gendarmenmarkt, which is where the Princess bus picks you up. Try to get back to the bus pick up spot early enough to allow for a visit to Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers Am Gendarmenmarkt. It's an amazing chocolate shop at Chrlottenstrasse 60, just down the block from the Berlin Hilton, where your bus will pick you up. There are also many sidewalk cafes in the area where you can relax and have a coffee or a beer and do some people watching. Now that we have been to Berlin twice, if we ever do this itinerary again we will probably opt to stay in and around Warnemunde/Rostock and see that area. However, Berlin is a pretty fun town with tons to see, so don't miss it if this is your first visit to the area. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Very hard work with 6 hours in the train/bus. Weather wet and miserable. Berlin is fascinating and worth the hard work.
Very hard work with 6 hours in the train/bus. Weather wet and miserable. Berlin is fascinating and worth the hard work. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Warnemunde, Germany: We made a family decision not to travel the 3 hours each way to Berlin during our one day in Germany. I am hoping to do a land tour in the future and be able to spend more than 6 hours in such a large and amazing ... Read More
Warnemunde, Germany: We made a family decision not to travel the 3 hours each way to Berlin during our one day in Germany. I am hoping to do a land tour in the future and be able to spend more than 6 hours in such a large and amazing city. I got a lot of information from cc, and we decided to take the train to Schwerin and spend some time in Warnemunde as well. We followed the advice of travelanni dot webs dot com and it worked perfectly! We walked to the Warnemunde train station and bought a Mecklenburg Lander ticket for 30 euros $37.00 for 4 people. We bought this from a machine using euros with the help of an attendant. I don't think the machine took credit cards. We took the train to Rostock and transferred to the 11:07 train to Schwerin. The only problem with this type of ticket is that it is not good until 9:00am, so that did not give us enough time to get to Rostock for the 9:07 train to Schwerin and that train only runs every 2 hours. The train was nicer than I expected and it was a pleasant ride. We walked from Schwerin central station about 5 minutes to a lovely shopping/ eating area. You can see the Castle down this main street. (Schiostrae street) We were hungry so we ate at a really good Greek restaurant called Pegasus. We were a little limited because of our vegetarian, but it ended up being a great choice. We then enjoyed the castle for several hours. The inside and the gardens are both amazing. We took the 3:53pm train back to Warnemunde and spent another hour or so walking the quaint streets of this German sea-side town. We walked to the beach to see the Baltic Sea and the famous wicker beach chairs. The only thing that would have made this day better would have been to leave Warnemunde early enough to make the 9:07am train to Schwerin, but that would have been a lot more expensive. Note to those looking of free wi-fi; if you purchase something at the "Crew Corner" in the Warnemunde train station you can use their wi-fi for free. This includes paying 50 cents to use their clean restrooms. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Really enjoyed walking in Warnemunde and Rostalk. Went to beach in Warnemunde and it was one of our best outings
Really enjoyed walking in Warnemunde and Rostalk. Went to beach in Warnemunde and it was one of our best outings Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
We took a "Friends of Dave" tour which took us on walking tour of Warnemunde and of Wismar, a UNESCO town. Both were interesting. Took the train 1 1/2 hrs. to Wismar, saw lots of lovely farm country. The lunch included was ... Read More
We took a "Friends of Dave" tour which took us on walking tour of Warnemunde and of Wismar, a UNESCO town. Both were interesting. Took the train 1 1/2 hrs. to Wismar, saw lots of lovely farm country. The lunch included was delicious and ample. We did have some shopping time in Wismar main square. We would have preferred fewer comments about his personal life, but he had plenty of historical and cultural info to share and was very good at getting us from point to point, esp. on the train. Dave's tour at 125 euro per person really was a good buy. I'd recommend him with the caveat about his comments.I heard that Rostock, much closer, was a great place to tour. Some we talked to who took the train tour to Berlin said it was worth the ride even with heavy rain in Berlin. My husband just said that if he were to do it again, he'd go to Berlin. (They had a movie on the train. I agree.)For some reason, Kiel is not a selectable port on this site. We were with German friends and took the bus up to the Kiel Canal and had lunch, also visited St. Nicolas in Kiel. But other than that, it seems to be a rebuilt everyday city, not very touristy. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Beautiful countryside. Small town, but interesting history from the former East German perspective. Never having travelled to East Germany, the first-hand recollection of life under the GDR was very interesting. A very good history ... Read More
Beautiful countryside. Small town, but interesting history from the former East German perspective. Never having travelled to East Germany, the first-hand recollection of life under the GDR was very interesting. A very good history lesson and unfiltered account. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
We actually docked at the industrial port of Rostock (berth LP-41) and HAL provided us a free shuttle to downtown Rostock. We took a ship's excursion to Gustrow and saw the palace of the Duke of Mecklenburg and some old churches. We ... Read More
We actually docked at the industrial port of Rostock (berth LP-41) and HAL provided us a free shuttle to downtown Rostock. We took a ship's excursion to Gustrow and saw the palace of the Duke of Mecklenburg and some old churches. We had lunch at a Gasthaus and ate bratwurst and drank the excellent local beer. It was fun! We then took the shuttle to Rostock. Then we purchased an all-day pass on their public transportation and took Tram 6 to the train station (Hauptbahnhof) and then took a train to Warnemunde. It was fun walking the boardwalk at Warnemunde - looked and felt like Coney Island. We then took the train back to Rostock and walked down Koplingerstrasse, the big pedestrian shopping street, before taking the shuttle bus back to our ship. A fun day!!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Actually this was the first port after Amsterdam. Typical German vacation town filled with tourist. Nice small town feel.
Actually this was the first port after Amsterdam. Typical German vacation town filled with tourist. Nice small town feel. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
We had been to Berlin prior to the cruise, so we didn't "excursion" to Berlin. We took the train to Rostock, walked around there, and then trained back to Warnemunde. Warnemunde is an awesome little port city. However, ... Read More
We had been to Berlin prior to the cruise, so we didn't "excursion" to Berlin. We took the train to Rostock, walked around there, and then trained back to Warnemunde. Warnemunde is an awesome little port city. However, the sea gulls will take the food right out of your hands. Literally. I was buzzed three times because I was eating ice cream and I watched a sea gull take a bratwurst out of a guys hand as he was eating it. However, it was a good time! Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Warnemunde -- My wife and I booked the NCL excursion "Top Ten Sites in Berlin" because we preferred a train ride over a bus and we wanted to make sure we would get back to the ship on time. It was a long day -- 3 hr train ride ... Read More
Warnemunde -- My wife and I booked the NCL excursion "Top Ten Sites in Berlin" because we preferred a train ride over a bus and we wanted to make sure we would get back to the ship on time. It was a long day -- 3 hr train ride each way and 8 hrs on a bus touring Berlin. Although an expensive excursion, it was a good trip and we saw most all of the tourist sites in Berlin. It included a nice lunch in Berlin and drinks/snacks on the train. Our son and his friend stayed in Warnemunde and walked to the town and the beach and enjoyed a relaxing day. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
I took the ship excusion to Berlin with a brief tour and 3 hours on your own. I had been there before the fall of the Wall and wanted to see the change. Disappointed. Berlin is now horribly congested and many ugly buildings have ... Read More
I took the ship excusion to Berlin with a brief tour and 3 hours on your own. I had been there before the fall of the Wall and wanted to see the change. Disappointed. Berlin is now horribly congested and many ugly buildings have replaced some classics, e.g. the main train station....now an ugly glass building. However, it was worth the time to see what happened to the city in the past 20 years. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012

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