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Sun, Sand and Sails

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Sun, Sand and Sails

Crisp white sand. Beautiful blue water. Dazzling sunlight. Nope, we’re not talking about the Mediterranean or the Caribbean, this is Germany’s coastline! If you want to think outside of the box for a city break this year, Rostock should be an option that you really consider. Blessed with an idyllic location on the Baltic Sea, this north German city comes into its own in the summertime, providing a destination that is both relaxing and culturally enriching. Wondering how or why? Allow us to elaborate…

 

Let’s dive right in (pun intended). As we already mentioned, one of Rostock’s main draws is its beaches. There are three main ones; Warnemünde (the most popular), Diedrichshagen and Hohe Düne. The water quality is checked on a regular basis at all three and is usually rated as good or very good. In other words, it's clean, blue and perfect for a paddle or a swim. Between that and the soft white sand that’s perfect for sunbathing and sandcastles, we think you’re pretty well set for a relaxing day at the beach. If you do fancy something a little more proactive, don’t worry, all three beaches are suitable for water sports with activities such as stand-up paddleboarding and windsurfing available. What if you like water sports but hate sand? (It does get everywhere in all fairness) then we’d recommend Kayaking through the city harbour, which offers up a totally unique perspective of the city.

 

Speaking of boats… Rostock is also home to one of Europe’s largest maritime festivals, Hanse Sail. Here you’ll have the opportunity to see, and ride, loads of traditional sailing ships of all types and sizes from all over the world. Not only that, but Rostock also has a Cruise Festival, where you can see some massive cruise liners “accompanied by spectacular fireworks as they sail out onto the Baltic Sea”.  Not bad, not bad at all.

 

We’ve done a lot of talking about water or water-related stuff here, but what about the city itself? Well, aside from being a visual treat thanks to its many colours and quaint neighbourhoods, there’s also plenty to do and to see in and around Rostock. Warnemünde is home to the city’s iconic lighthouse, and without even leaving the city centre you have St Peter’s Church, the oldest church in the city, which has a viewing platform at 45 metres, giving you the chance to take in some great views.

 

Obviously to take all this in you’ll need a hotel in Rostock city centre. Somewhere it’s easy to reach all these places from. It would be a real bonus if the hotel is stylish, welcoming and comfortable too right? Say hello to Pentahotel Rostock.

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