Germany off the beaten track

Trier: The Unesco World Heritage Site Porta Nigra (about 180 A.D.) © Bjoern Rudek

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Germany´s fascinating north-east


In Rostock, a city by the sea and with a river, the water is not just for bathing. All year round, boats of different types and sizes shape and enliven the feel of the place. There are the impressive ferries, setting out to sea daily for Sweden, Denmark and Finland and soon even to Russia, their hulls stuffed with freight and passengers.

There are the fish cutters on Warnemünde's Alter Strom (Old Stream), sailing out on tours for fishing trips, in all winds and weathers. For landlubbers, the safe view out to the sea from the breakwater is experience enough, while braver visitors treat themselves to a sea trip.

At the shipyards, one's glance is held by the big cargo ships or the delicate river cruise ships, conquering Rostock on a tour of the harbor, for instance. Passenger boats offer an attractive and restful river trip, which even visitors not ready for the open sea should try out. The trip takes you from Rostock town harbor along the Warnow River to Warnemünde, past the tranquil waterside, to the port, ferries and shipyards. The lovely action on the water gets even livelier and more varied in summer, when sailboats from the Baltic and the Warnow River, large and small, are out on the water. From ocean giants to luxury liners, you can also set sail on a Baltic cruise at Warnemünde.

Discover Germany´s fascinating north-east: As UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Wismar and Stralsund will enchant you. Experience the magnificent Gothic Cathedral in Bad Doberan and pass Germany´s oldest seaside resort Heiligendamm by the narrow-gauge railway called "Molli". Last but not least: Schwerin, the federal state´s capital will amaze you with its fairytale castle.

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