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The lovely Baltic Sea resort Warnemünde lies in  Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, at the top of Rostock. The name means “Warnow mouth” and it was founded around the year 1200, where it has since had a long and colorful, though mostly peaceful, history. It was originally an independent state, but was purchased by the city of Rostock in 1323 so that Rostock could protect its northern border. Here are some of the best things to do in Warnemünde and by default the oh-so-close Rostock when you visit. Warmunde is a small but popular seaside resort town over two hours away by chartered train to Germany's capital of Berlin. It is considered a suburb of the university city of Rostock close by. Schwerin and Wismar are other options in the area for those not wanting to travel the longer distance to Berlin.

Where You are Docked
For Warnemunde, ships usually dock at cruise terminal piers close to the railway station. On busy days, ships may dock at the main commercial piers of Rostock at Seehafen (Seaport) on the other side of the river. Cruise schedule here http://www.rostock-port.de/en/cruise-shipping/port-calls/ Berths are prefixed LP for Rostock and P for Warnemunde.
If docked at Seehafen, shuttles may be provided. You can also take public buses from the adjacent ferry terminal (Seehafen Fahre). Bus 45 requires transferring to the tram at Dierkower Kreuz while bus 49 goes directly to the train station Rostock Hauptbahnhof (Hbf). Fare is €2 (ticket machines onboard the bus, cash only) with travel time 38 minutes. Schedules available here http://www.rsag-online.de/en
 
Local Transportation
Fares updated Apr 2015 - There is regular train service from Warnemunde to Rostock on the Rostock S-Bahn network. The trip takes 20 minutes and trains run frequently. Fares are €2 for a single trip, €4.90 for a day pass, and €14.80 for a group day pass (up to five people travelling together). Tickets are valid throughout the public transport system (bus, tram, train or ferry). Reduced fares are available for children and dogs. The train station is near the cruise terminal in Warnemunde. http://www.verkehrsverbund-warnow.com/
At the main railway station in Rostock, Hauptbahnhof, head to the underground tram station and take tram 5 or 6 three stops to Neuer Markt, the main city square.
A tourist boat also makes a trip between Rostock and Warnermunde taking approximately 45 minutes. Fare is €10 one way. German language website http://www.blaue-flotte.de/
For Schwerin and Wismar, you can buy DB Bahn's Länder-Ticket (regional day ticket).
In Berlin, you can get around very easy on the S-Bahn (commuter rail) or U-Bahn (city subway) networks. You can buy a zone AB Tageskarte (day pass) valid on both networks for €6.90 or pay €2.70 for a single trip. There are discount tickets for short hops (up to three stops), children, dogs and day tickets for groups (up to five people travelling together). Try to find a newer touchscreen ticket machine since they will have an English menu option. A ticket covering zone C is only needed for destinations further out such as Potsdam, Sachsenhausen, or the airport. http://www.bvg.de/
Hop on, hop off bus tours are also available including one operated by City Sightseeing.
 
Going to Berlin
 The best way to get into Berlin is to take the ships sponsored On Your Own Tour since the tour operator charters a train to go there directly. Making your own way by train will take over 3 hours requiring a transfer at Rostock for an express train. Train schedules available here http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de
 
Attractions
 
The Warnemünde lighthouse. It is more than 121 feet high and was erected in 1897. It lies on the estuary of the Warnow river. Climb the granite spiral staircase to the top and enjoy the advantageous views over Rostock beneath. Enjoy a tour by a member of the Warnemünder Lighthouse Society – local residents who volunteer to act as tour guides of the lighthouse. Trivia: The poster for Leonardo Di Caprio’s 2010 movie Shutter Island showed a lighthouse that looks striking like the Warnemünde lighthouse – many believe the image to be based upon it.
 
The Teapott (Teapot). This is an unusually shaped building that was built in DDR style and features a sea voyage exhibition as well as restaurants inside. Enjoy the unique interior and exterior of Warnemünde’s second most famous landmark.
 
Der Alte Strom. Enjoy a walk down the Alte Strom (Old River) of Warnemünde, which is a quaint path through the heart of the city and lined with traditional buildings. Make sure to book the best accommodation in Warnemünde nearby which will see you staying in the heart of the city!
 
The Maritime Museum in Strahlsund. This museum is located on the nearby town of Strahlsund, and is great for an educational family outing. The Meeresmuseum features all kinds of fish as well as turtles and even sharks. There are plenty of restaurants in town you can visit afterword, in case it puts you in the mood for fresh seafood.
 
The Warnemünde beach. Warnemünde is known for its sandy beaches for a reason – they are simply gorgeous and in nice weather ideal for tanning by the water. Take a kite with you or buy one in Warnemünde and fly it. Take advantage of the breeze coming in from the water.
 
The Brewery. A visit to the Hanseatische Brauerei Rostock is popular among older guests. The Rostocker Pils is known throughout Germany, so this is a destination that no beer lover should miss.
 
Marienkirche in Rostock. Saint Mary’s Church in Rostock is the largest Hanseatic church in Rostock and in 1265 was named its main parish church. It was erected as a large Brick Goth building. In 1942 it was bombed and nearly destroyed during WWII, but the sexton of the church managed to save it by putting out the three fires that broke out.
 
St. Marien zu Lübeck. Willing to travel a little? St. Mary’s Church is a UNESCO heritage sight and was the sight of some of the most famous Totentanz (Dance of Death) artwork in history, although it was unfortunately destroyed in WWII.  Also destroyed was the Totentanzorgel (Danse Macabre organ) that was likely played by Johannes Sebastian Bach. Make sure to check out the astronomical clock.
 
The Cultural History Museum Rostock in the historic monastery of the Holy Cross  is considered one of the most extensive collections of art and cultural history of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – one of the main centers for the documentation of bourgeois culture history in Germany.
 
Founded in 1859, museum is not only one of the oldest museums in northern Germany, but is home with its rich cultural and art historical collections of painting and graphics to crafts, coins, furniture, militaria, everyday culture and archeology at the same time one of the most important collections in the state. Unique are the rich collections of the history and culture of Rostock from the Middle Ages to modern times.http://www.kulturhistorisches-museum-rostock.de/
 
Deutsches Historisches Museum (German History Museum). The museum consists of two structures. The magnificent pink, baroque Prussian toolbox (Zeughaus) was built between 1695 and 1730, and it is the earliest building on Unter living room Linden. Additionally, it houses a theater, the Zeughaus Kino, which will presents a number of films, both German and worldwide, historic and modern. The brand new permanent exhibits, reopened after much debate in mid-2006, provide a modern and interesting look at German history because the early Dark Ages. Behind the toolbox, the granite-and-glass Pei-Bau building by I.?M. Pei holds frequently stunning and politically questionable altering exhibits, for example 2010's unparalleled blockbuster, Hitler und die Deutschen (Hitler and also the Spanish people), which investigated the techniques of propaganda utilized by Hitler and also the Nazis. Unter living room Linden 2, Mitte.
 
Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Memorial Site). This website combines memorials along with a museum and research focus on the Berlin Wall. The division of Berlin was particularly heart wrenching on Bernauer Strasse, where neighbors and families on opposite sides from the street were separated overnight. The Reconciliation Chapel, carried out 2000, changed the city chapel dynamited through the Communists in 1985. The chapel have been walled in to the "dying strip," and it was seen as an hindrance to patrolling it. Part of the wall remains on Bernauer Strasse, as well as an installation designed to function as a memorial regrettably only atmosphere individuals wondering exactly what the border once appeared as if. For an abundance of images and knowledge, mind in to the museum, where German-loudspeakers may even hear radio broadcasts from the moment the wall was erected.
 
Jüdisches Museum Berlin (Jewish Museum). A brief history of Germany's Jews in the Dark Ages through today is chronicled here, from prominent historic figures towards the evolution of laws and regulations regarding Jews' participation in civil society. A couple of from the exhibits document the Holocaust itself, however this museum remembers Jewish existence and history way over it concentrates on the atrocities committed throughout World war 2. Lindenstr. 9-14, Kreuzberg.
 
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Chapel). An impressive indication of WWII's destruction, the destroyed bell tower is that continues to be of the once massive chapel, that was carried out 1895 and devoted towards the emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm I. Around the hour, the tower chimes out a tune composed through the last emperor's great-grand son, the late Prince Louis Ferdinand von Hohenzollern.
 
Kulturforum (Cultural Forum). This excellent ensemble of museums, art galleries, and also the Philharmonic Hall was lengthy within the making. The very first designs were posted within the sixties and also the last building carried out 1998. Now it forms a welcome modern counterpoint towards the completely restored Prussian splendor of Museum Island.
 
Gemäldegalerie (Works of art Gallery). The Gemäldegalerie reunites formerly separated collections from East and West Berlin. It's certainly one of Germany's finest galleries, and it has a comprehensive choice of European works of art in the thirteenth to 1700s. Seven rooms are restricted to works of art by German masters, included in this Dürer, Cranach the Elder, and Holbein. A unique collection has works from the Italian masters-Botticelli, Titian, Giotto, Lippi, and Raphael-in addition to works of art by Nederlander and Flemish masters from the 15th and 16th centuries: Van Eyck, Bosch, Brueghel the Elder, and van der Weyden. The museum also supports the world's second-biggest Rembrandt collection.
 
Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. Just steps in the famous crossing point backward and forward Berlins, the museum presents site visitors using the story from the wall and, much more riveting, the tales of individuals who steered clear of through, under, and also over it. The homespun museum looks at the occasions prior to the wall's construction and, with original tools and products, plus tracks photos, shows how East Spanish people steered clear of towards the West. Come earlier or later within the day-to steer clear of the crowds.
 
Museumsinsel (Museum Island). On the site of one of Berlin's two original pay outs, this excellent complex of 5 condition museums, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is mandatory. The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) houses a superb assortment of 18th-, 19th-, and early-20th-century works of art and sculptures. Functions by Cézanne, Rodin, Degas, and something of Germany's most well-known portrait artists, Max Liebermann, are members of the permanent exhibition. Its Galerie der Romantik (Gallery of Romanticism) collection has works of art from such 19th-century German artists as Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Caspar David Friedrich, the key people from the German Romantic School.
 
The Altes Museum (Old Museum), a red-colored-marble, neoclassical building abutting the eco-friendly Lustgarten, was Prussia's first building purpose-created to function as a museum. Antique sculptures, clay collectible figurines, and bronze art from the Antikensammlung (Antiquities Collection) will also be located here another area of the collection is incorporated in the Pergamonmuseum. In the northern tip of Museum Island, the Bode-Museum is definitely the condition museums' stunning assortment of German and Italian sculptures because the Dark Ages, the Museum of Byzantine Art, along with a huge gold coin collection. Museum Island's new shining star, however, may be the Neues Museum (New Museum), which reopened in '09. Initially created by Friedrich August Stüler in 1843-55, your building was badly broken in World War II and just presently has been ornately redeveloped by British star architect David Chipperfield, which has been managing the entire restoration of Museum Island. The place to find the Egyptian Museum, such as the famous bust of Nefertiti (who, after a little 70 years, has came back to her first museum location in Berlin), additionally, it features the Papyrus Collection and also the Museum of Prehistory and Early History. Even when you believe you are not thinking about the traditional world; make the best for that Pergamonmuseum (entrance on Am Kupfergraben). The museum's title comes from its principal display, the Pergamon Altar, a monumental Greek temple discovered with what has become Poultry and dating from 180 BC. The altar was shipped to Berlin within the late 1800s. Equally impressive would be the gateway towards the Roman Miletus and also the Babylonian processional way.
 
Reichstag (Parliament Building). After last meeting within 1933, the Bundestag, Germany's federal parliament, came back to the traditional chair early in the year of 1999. British architect Mister Norman Promote lightened in the grey monolith having a glass dome, which rapidly grew to become a primary attraction: you are able to circle up a lightly rising ramp while consuming the roofs of Berlin and also the parliamentary chamber below. At the bottom of the dome is definitely an exhibit around the Reichstag's history, the German language and British. All site visitors must register their names and birthdates ahead of time because of regular admission in order to reserve a location on the led tour.
 
Tiergarten (Animal Garden). This quiet 630-acre park has 23 km (14 miles) of footpaths, meadows, and 2 beer gardens.
Unter living room Linden. The title of the historic Berlin thoroughfare, between your Brandenburg Gate and Schlossplatz, means "underneath the linden trees," also it was indeed lined with aromatic and beloved lindens before the 1930's. Imagine Berliners' shock when Hitler made the decision to fell the trees to be able to result in the street more parade-friendly. It's once more lined with linden trees grown after World War II.
 
Zoologischer Garten (Zoological Gardens). Despite the fact that Knut, the polar bear cub who taken the center from the city, is sadly no more around, you will find 14,000 other creatures to determine here. You will find 1,500 different species (greater than every other zoo in Europe), including individuals rare and endangered, that the zoo continues to be effective at breeding. New arrivals previously years incorporate a baby rhinoceros. Pythons, frogs, turtles, invertebrates, Komodo dragons, as well as an amazing variety of strange and colorful seafood are members of the 3-floor aquarium.
 
Dining Out
Old fishing boats for sale line the left bank from the Warnow, selling fischbroetchen -- sandwiches of fried seafood -- the neighborhood specialty. You will find several decent restaurants for German areas Kettenkasten (Am Strom 71, open at 11 a.m.), situated around the riverbank, includes a beer garden and live music and serves fried seafood, herrings and pork ribs. Atlantic (Am Strom 107, open at 11 a.m.) is much more sophisticated, serving seafood and steak dishes. CuBar (Am Strom 124, open all day long), close to the lighthouse, is definitely an old pilot house, today serving Cuban areas. It is a popular choice among crewmembers. Schusters Strandbar (Seepromenade 1, open all day long), meanwhile, is really a stylish, chill-out bar. Situated around the beach, it features squishy sofas and lounge music.
 
In Rostock, Zur Kogge is an excellent, old pub through the waterfront (on Strandstrasse, open at 11.30 a.m.). It's absolutely festooned with maritime memorabilia and serves more local areas - try the gently fried plaice with plant sauce.
 
Shoreline Activities
The huge most of tours are lengthy, excursions (more than 12 hrs) to Berlin in a variety of permutations. Otherwise, you will find a few worth doing:
 
Most cruise lines provide the Molli train, a conventional steam train that chugs with the Mecklenburg countryside, along a narrow gauge railway. The tour includes Bad Doberan -- a 700-year-old town by having an important, 14th-century monastery -- and also the seaside resort of Kuhlungsborn. This is an effort-free method to benefit from the countryside.
 
Schwerin Castle is perched with an island outdoors the eponymous condition capital, an hour or so . 5 from Rostock. With gleaming, golden roofs and delicate turrets, it's like something from the fairy tale. Within the neighboring Condition Museum, likely to incredible assortment of works in the Netherlander and Flemish masters. They are all here - Rubens, Rembrandt, Fabritius and Hals, in addition to more sophisticated functions by Duerer and Picasso. Most cruise companies offer Schwerin like a half-day tour, departing the relaxation during the day liberated to potter around Warnemunde.
 
Shopping
Although Ku'damm continues to be recommended because the shopping mile of Berlin, many shops are ho-hum merchants. The very best stretch for exclusive styles would be the three blocks between Leibnizstrasse and Bleibtreustrasse. The best shops in Mitte (historic Berlin) are along Friedrichstrasse. Nearby, Unter living room Linden just a couple of souvenir shops along with a Meissen ceramic showroom. More compact clothing and niche stores populate the Scheunenviertel. The region between Hackescher Markt, Weinmeister Strasse, and Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz alternates pricey independent designers with groovy secondhand shops. Neue Schönhauser Strasse curves into Alte Schönhauser Strasse, and both roads are filled with stylish casual put on. Art galleries along Gipsstrasse and Sophienstrasse complete this mixture.



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