415 Rostock (Warnemunde) Cruise Reviews

Wonderful small town feeling in Warnemünde. Picturesque town and we have been there twice now on a cruise. We consider going back on a bed & breakfast holiday there.
Wonderful small town feeling in Warnemünde. Picturesque town and we have been there twice now on a cruise. We consider going back on a bed & breakfast holiday there. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Easy to use the train and walk on our own, our friends used his GPS to ensure we did not get too lost, was fun and the locals were more than willing to help get us to the right place.
Easy to use the train and walk on our own, our friends used his GPS to ensure we did not get too lost, was fun and the locals were more than willing to help get us to the right place. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We walked off the ship right to the train station where we took the train to Rostock. We spent most of the day visiting this lovely medieval town. We returned to the ship for an early supper and since the ship wasn't leaving until ... Read More
We walked off the ship right to the train station where we took the train to Rostock. We spent most of the day visiting this lovely medieval town. We returned to the ship for an early supper and since the ship wasn't leaving until midnight we spend the evening exploring Warnemunde. This is a very cute fisherman village and beach resort town filled with lots of German tourists so there was lots of activity including a small market and live music. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We walked into Warnemunde and so pleased we did, it a lovely seaside town full of charm, loads of restaurants quant little shops all running along side the canal and to put the cherry on the cake a beautiful beach!!
We walked into Warnemunde and so pleased we did, it a lovely seaside town full of charm, loads of restaurants quant little shops all running along side the canal and to put the cherry on the cake a beautiful beach!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Since it was a long day in port, we took a train first to Schwerin, then to Rostock before coming back to see the lovely old harbour of Warnemunde. The German train system is super easy to use and staff were friendly and helpful. We had a ... Read More
Since it was a long day in port, we took a train first to Schwerin, then to Rostock before coming back to see the lovely old harbour of Warnemunde. The German train system is super easy to use and staff were friendly and helpful. We had a most enjoyable DIY day. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Were provided with plenty of information to make it easy to go on the train to Rostock and have a look around before returning to Warnemunde and having a look round there too - Rostock is so worth the visit.
Were provided with plenty of information to make it easy to go on the train to Rostock and have a look around before returning to Warnemunde and having a look round there too - Rostock is so worth the visit. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Warnemünde- we enjoyed this seaside town and didn’t go anywhere else. There are plenty of options for walking, relaxing, eating, and shopping. We took a 1 hour harbor tour by boat, and rented a “Strandkorb” (literally- beach basket) ... Read More
Warnemünde- we enjoyed this seaside town and didn’t go anywhere else. There are plenty of options for walking, relaxing, eating, and shopping. We took a 1 hour harbor tour by boat, and rented a “Strandkorb” (literally- beach basket) to sit in. 3 Euro for one hour. You unlock the simple wood gate in front of the bench seat and pull out the foot rests. There is a lighthouse tower to climb, lots of seafood and ice cream, and a variety of shops. We were content to return to the ship for dinner and the show, instead of a very long excursion to Berlin (3 hours each way). Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
First off in the morning we took the train to Rostock. Even though it rained a lot of the morning, we thoroughly enjoyed walking around and learning the history of this beautiful town. We took the train back to Warenmunde and enjoyed the ... Read More
First off in the morning we took the train to Rostock. Even though it rained a lot of the morning, we thoroughly enjoyed walking around and learning the history of this beautiful town. We took the train back to Warenmunde and enjoyed the afternoon walking around the Alter Strom. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Fantastic and as we were there during the Regatta it had an amazing atmosphere. When we left, the ship almost became part of the Regatta and all the boats were sounding their horns which for me was quite a magical moment.
Fantastic and as we were there during the Regatta it had an amazing atmosphere. When we left, the ship almost became part of the Regatta and all the boats were sounding their horns which for me was quite a magical moment. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Hired a car and drove on the autobahn to Schwerin castle and then drove through some lovely country on the way back. Another brilliant day. We also took a walk around the beach area in Warnemunde which was quite interesting
Hired a car and drove on the autobahn to Schwerin castle and then drove through some lovely country on the way back. Another brilliant day. We also took a walk around the beach area in Warnemunde which was quite interesting Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
What a lovely and friendly city Rostock is, take the public transport to the city and back to Warnemünde. Berlin is a bit of a challenge for a day. Do it justice and visit Berlin separately!
What a lovely and friendly city Rostock is, take the public transport to the city and back to Warnemünde. Berlin is a bit of a challenge for a day. Do it justice and visit Berlin separately! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Rented a car from sixt and explored Lubeck and Schwerin. It was a great day. Sixt is in the main cruise terminal so if your ship doesn't dock in main terminal, it is a short walk to the Sixt station. No one knew where they were but ... Read More
Rented a car from sixt and explored Lubeck and Schwerin. It was a great day. Sixt is in the main cruise terminal so if your ship doesn't dock in main terminal, it is a short walk to the Sixt station. No one knew where they were but just go inside the main cruise terminal and easy to deal with. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
this is lovely seaside resort and after exploring on foot went on the road train to get areal feel for the place...it didn't disappoint...great shops along the waterfront
this is lovely seaside resort and after exploring on foot went on the road train to get areal feel for the place...it didn't disappoint...great shops along the waterfront Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Here we rented a car ahead of time from a company called Sixt. I used Kayak to search for car deals. With local insurance (which I would recommend), we paid about $100 for the rental. I apparently wasn’t the only one to rent a car, as ... Read More
Here we rented a car ahead of time from a company called Sixt. I used Kayak to search for car deals. With local insurance (which I would recommend), we paid about $100 for the rental. I apparently wasn’t the only one to rent a car, as there was another car rental representative at the port waiting for their people to check in. I was the only one to rent from Sixt. There are no car rental agencies at the port, but all the local car rental agencies will deliver the car to you at the port and have drop boxes for the keys when you return. A word of advice, if you ask to have the car at 6:00 a.m. – the rental agent will be at the port waiting for you at 6 a.m. We could not get off the boat until 8 a.m. and I felt so bad that the agent had to wait for us. The delay was due to weather and not because of us. We were given a brand new BMW and interestingly enough they gave us an automatic. We can drive manual and preferred it, but they must have thought that since we were American we could only drive automatic. So those who don’t know manual, have no fear! We opted to rent the car because not many options were available for excursions. HAL basically offered a trip to Berlin, which sounded insane to me, since it was at least 3 hours each way and Berlin is like NYC. Rostock and Warnemunde on their own were pretty boring, as both were part of the former East Germany or USSR. However, a local friend recommended that we visit some of the Northern somewhat coastal towns and I thought that was a good idea. There is really no easy way to get to these towns through alternative transportation. A car was the most efficient way to do this. Apparently, HAL did offer an excursion that covered some of the towns we visited, but from Kiel, Germany (which was actually farther away than Rostock). We ended up visiting three world heritage UNESCO cities and even though the car rental was expensive relatively speaking, it was way cheaper than an excursion through HAL to Berlin and any other excursion. Gas is easy to find and its more expensive than the USA, but not as much as I thought it would be. Plus the car we had was economical. Also when we visited the dollar was very strong and was just about 1 to 1 with the Euro. By the way you can tell which cities were in East Germany vs. West Germany. If you decided to try this trip – I will let you figure it out. The countryside is also stunning along the autobahn (no speed limit on their highways – but be smart). When we went there were fields of bright yellow flowers, which we later learned were canola fields for harvesting canola oil. But when in bloom, these fields of gold were stunning. 1. Lubeck, Germany: Gorgeous city! I can see why this is an UNESCO World Heritage City. It is an old medieval walled city and you can still sort of make out some of the old walls. The old gates mark the entrance to town and are very distinctive – it is known as the Holstein Gate. The city is surrounded by a river and there are some river tours. There is a small museum in the Holstein Gate – I am not sure I would recommend it, but it has a really cool miniature of the entire town with walls and the gates from the height of this city. I think that along is worth the time and price of admission. Otherwise it is a stunning town to walk around and wander. We ate lunch at the food stands in the old market square which has beautiful old buildings surrounding it. I highly recommend trying local foods at the stands. Just point to what you want. We stopped and had a coffee and delicious cake at the Niederegger Arkadencafe in the town square. Their cakes and pastries are dreamy. Their specialty is marzipan. It is a great place to pick up some of their marzipan treats for souvenirs. 2. Wismar, Germany: Another stunning little town with some incredible churches. It’s a very small town, we also had a snack here at Café Hegede located in the town square. Their cathedrals are empty and being restored after having suffered great damage in WWII. But they are mostly restored. 3. Schwerin, Germany: We were running out of time, but I wanted to see one of their gorgeous palaces on the lake. We were not disappointed. We got there and only stayed for a short while but we took some amazing photos of their palace, which is now a working government building. We were sad that we arrived just as they closed the building. 4. Rostock, Germany: More modern of a town than the others we visited, but there were some cathedrals and it’s a nice little town, but nothing to special to me. I am glad we drove and visited the other towns. Lubeck was our favorite. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We had a private tour into Berlin with a wonderful guide. Hedi arranged for a van to meet us at the ship and drive us to the Berlin Wall monument where we started the tour with her. The tour was a combination of walking and meeting the ... Read More
We had a private tour into Berlin with a wonderful guide. Hedi arranged for a van to meet us at the ship and drive us to the Berlin Wall monument where we started the tour with her. The tour was a combination of walking and meeting the van to take us to other sections of the city and ended at the Holocaust memorial. The cost including all tips was only 80 Euros per couple. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We decided that we wanted to ride on the little "Molli" narrow gauge steam train so planned our day accordingly. In hindsight we might have spent more time in Warnemunde itself as it is a very pleasant little place with a scenic ... Read More
We decided that we wanted to ride on the little "Molli" narrow gauge steam train so planned our day accordingly. In hindsight we might have spent more time in Warnemunde itself as it is a very pleasant little place with a scenic harbour and lots of interesting looking shops and cafes, and others spent the whole day there.We got train tickets from Warnemunde to Bad Doberan - effectively a one-day "Mecklenburg Lander" special and the lady in the ticket office spoke excellent English and knew exactly what we were looking for. This involved a change of train at Rostock onto the regional express heading for Wismar - all very well signposted and we were in Bad Doberan very quickly. The Molli platform is right next to the main line and a return ticket to Kühlungsborn was €13 per head. It is an interesting experience - chugging through the central streets of Bad Doberan and then through the countryside back up to the coast. 50 mintues to the end of the line at Kühlungsborn West which has a cafe and a small museum about the railway, then a 10 minute walk to the seafront - moderately charming with some good restaurants. Return journey the same in reverse - we were out and about for about 5 hours in total including lunch which left time for a short walk around Warnemunde Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
The ship docks right next to the train station. My wife and I took the train to Rostock- nothing really special to us. And returned by noon. Then we walked around Warmunde and realized we should have spent the entire day there. What a ... Read More
The ship docks right next to the train station. My wife and I took the train to Rostock- nothing really special to us. And returned by noon. Then we walked around Warmunde and realized we should have spent the entire day there. What a pretty little seaside town. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Warnemunde – very delightful seaside resort. The ship was scheduled to dock at 7:00 am. I’m not sure exactly what time we came into port. We had originally planned to take the train to Schwerin to see the castle, but the weather was ... Read More
Warnemunde – very delightful seaside resort. The ship was scheduled to dock at 7:00 am. I’m not sure exactly what time we came into port. We had originally planned to take the train to Schwerin to see the castle, but the weather was overcast. We did not want to be too far away from the ship in case it turned to heavy rain. It was a very easy 10 minute walk from the ship into the heart of town. The ship had provided very nice maps with points of interest and a walking tour outlined. We spent about 2 hours walking the town and then returned to the ship for lunch. After lunch, we walked to the train station in Warnemunde and purchased a round trip train ticket to Rostock for 3.7 Euro. The train ride took 20 minutes and trains left every 30 minutes. It was very efficient. Once at the hauptbanhof (main train station) in Rostock, we took a 5 or 6 tram to the Old Town area (Altstadt). Again – we had a nice map from the ship that gave us points of interest. We walked for about 2.5 hours. Rostock is bigger than Warnemunde, but had more impressive old buildings and churches we were able to go into. We took the tram / train combination back to Warnemunde and returned to the ship. All aboard was 8:30 pm. Many passengers took the all day excursion to Berlin. They left at 7:30 am and returned between 8:30 - 9:00 pm. The ship was a bit late leaving waiting for the last bus back from Berlin. Dinner was open seating in the MDR. Sunrise was 4:40 am and sunset was 9:48 pm. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
A great surprise! Transport from Warnemunde to Rostock is very easy, and the town is a delightful medieval walk round in the back streets. Look for the shanty choir at Warnemunde behind the lighthouse.
A great surprise! Transport from Warnemunde to Rostock is very easy, and the town is a delightful medieval walk round in the back streets. Look for the shanty choir at Warnemunde behind the lighthouse. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Since our daughter had never been to Berlin, she chose to do a cruise line excursion called Berlin Highlights by Motor Coach to the sites in Berlin and a stop at a former concentration camp. She enjoyed the day.My husband and I chose, at ... Read More
Since our daughter had never been to Berlin, she chose to do a cruise line excursion called Berlin Highlights by Motor Coach to the sites in Berlin and a stop at a former concentration camp. She enjoyed the day.My husband and I chose, at first, to walk around Rostock. We had to visit St Marien Church twice because we didn't know the astronomical clock dating back to 1472 was behind the altar. Fortunately, our 2nd visit was around noon so we saw the lovely display it puts on at that time. Passing pleasant pedestrian shops and cafes on our way to the market square with its interesting-shaped buildings, we then opted to take the local train to Warnemunde and were so glad we did. I like to people-watch so I adored the train ride. Warnemunde was delightful. Although there were 3 cruise ships docked there, hence, crowds of people, it was "very visitor-friendly" as 1 review I read said. Besides a cruise port, it is a seaside resort with many locals covering the beach. There is a sea promenade, lighthouses, Alter Strom which is a walkway lined by captains' and fishmen's houses with pubs, cafes, and boutiques. We were lucky enough to be there for Warnemunde Week festival which entails different events, entertainment, and markets. It was here that we ate the best soft ice cream ever! It was sold in a little stand on the boardwalk near the cruise center. When ready to go back to the ship, we took a boat which left from the Warnemunde dock to Rostock. I enjoyed Warnemunde more although much smaller than Rostock. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013

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