Medieval Rostock appears smaller than it really is due to miles of undulating countryside and forests around the town. Sadly some of the magnificent buildings were destroyed in WWII, however you can still see grand marketplaces, bridges, city ramparts and gates. Even the newer buildings were designed in the traditional style of red brick and stepped gables.
Rostock has the distinction of being Northern Germany's oldest university town and has a top school for the performing arts…..and apparently brews an excellent beer.
That said, we did notice Rostock's complement of artistic public places, so clean and displaying some beautiful statuary, such as the park fountains which had become climbing, and resting, places for the locals enjoying their Sunday afternoon. The town center is relatively compact so it was easy to take in many sites during our enjoyable couple of hours of walking.
Can you imagine a warm 'day in the park' here - the atmosphere was really wonderful…….
……foot tapping music enjoyed by all age groups……
…and the huge community family picnic set up in the lovely colorful square….
The pedestrian shopping area……..
We loved Sunday in the Park here - and having spectacular weather with such
blue skies made it perfect.
Part II coming soon.