warnemunde is a little port town in germany, a charming seaside resort known for its quaint beachfront and marina. from the harbor is the beautiful view of an iconic image, the warnemunde lighthouse. after a brief sight see, we went to rostock, a neighboring town just a short ride away. we rode an old, rugged red tram and was captivated by colorful gabled houses that dominate this charismatic town straddling the warnow river on the north coast of germany.
rostock’s old town square is most picturesque, boasting lovely buildings of early german architecture. we walked the inner cobblestone streets passing through century-old buildings that gave a feel of an old, medieval town so rich in history. we meandered through lush gardens that lead us to a thick brick wall enclosing a nunnery founded by danish queen margaret in the 13th century. the monastery complex includes an abbey that has become a university church and museum in the present day.
from the complex, we exited through a 55-meter high brick kropeliner tor, known as the medieval gate, one of two remaining gates of the old city that led us to the university square. the square is the liveliest place in rostock. in the center was the joy of life fountain, featuring some of the most interesting and playful sculptures. the pedestrian street, lined with restaurants, shops, bars and cafes was abuzz. not too far from the square was the university of rostock, a neo-renaissance structure, the third oldest university in germany.
a short walk towards the harbor was st mary’s, an old church that i enjoyed the most. the interior, boasting a stunning gilded high altar, was exquisitely beautiful. also inside, the main attraction, was the rostock medieval astronomical clock built in the 15th century that is still in working condition today.
capping our tour of rostock was a boat ride back to the port of warnemunde where we enjoyed german lager paired with delicious canapes.