a few days ago I visited my sister again in Rostock at the Baltic Sea - yes, it was the second time in a very short time! But since my actual summer vacation fell through this summer (I wanted to go to Scotland with a friend), I thought about the so called "weekend" vacations being really nice. It's also very practical if you have a relative in a holiday area who lives there - then you always have a good excuse for a visit ;) Joking aside, I really fell in love with this city. Rostock is very different from the cities in the Ruhr area where I grew up, in NRW.
Here everything looks very clean, restored, nowhere to find potholes ;))). The architecture of the colourful houses is very impressive, mostly they are old but very well restored houses, especially in the city centre.
But Rostock, a Hanseatic city, is very versatile: there are medieval churches and monasteries, gothic gabled houses and not to forget the pink (or pink) town hall. All these buildings have been preserved for centuries.
As a contrast, there is also a "newer Rostock": Every now and then you can find prefabricated concrete slab buildings from the GDR era and chic buildings with modern architecture (this one especially at the harbour, there is a lot of building going on here!) This can best be seen on a ferry trip to Warnemünde. An example for the mix of styles is the main station. The more than 100-year-old reception hall in bathing style has been preserved and integrated into a new building.
The largest pedestrian zone and the "Socialist Street": Especially often you can see gabled houses in Rostock (you can also see them on the photos ;)). Especially along the
Wokrenter Street you can find them.
Rostock's main shopping street is the pedestrian zone Kröpeliner Straße, where modern passages such as Rostocker Hof and Hopfenmarkt are also located. The facades of the houses date from different eras - from the brick Gothic style of today's municipal library to the postmodernism of the five-gabled house.
Rostock is especially known for this - for its diversity! Especially fans of architecture get their money's worth here ;)
The Wokrenter Straße is famous for its many beautiful gothic brick gabled houses. Built between 1953 and 1960, Lange Straße was the first phase of GDR urban development: the prefabricated concrete slab buildings were given concealing facades to preserve the cityscape. Manorial houses served as models. Brick, light-coloured plastered surfaces and natural stone columns were the design elements of the buildings in the "First Socialist Street".
The former workers' quarter is today one of the liveliest quarters of the city with trendy pubs, cafés and colourful shops. What I noticed very much: After midnight there's really not much going on in downtown Rostock... Cologne is one big party zone ;)))
I hope you enjoyed the mail ! Huete there was rather my own impression of the city than my experiences there, but found that was once a change ;)