WE SKIPPED BERLIN FOR THIS!
I don’t know about you, but I feel excited and curious about cities or towns I haven’t heard of. On a Princess Cruise trip to Baltic Sea, passengers are always informed about the next destination on a daily newsletter. I was familiar with all the cities mentioned in the itinerary, except Warnemünde. I purposely didn’t search any information about it, hoping that it would be a pleasant surprise.
When the ship docked for 8 hours at the port, so-called Pier 7, in Warnemünde, there were quite a lot of passengers prefer to go to Berlin, instead of exploring the city right before their eyes, by taking a bus tour to Berlin offered by Princess Cruise itself.
In my point of view, it’s just not a very wise choice, especially the journey from Warnemünde to Berlin and back takes nearly 6 hours by bus. It means they only had 2 hours to explore the city. Although I believe the bus tour has a very well-planned itinerary that they won’t miss major landmarks in limited time, Berlin is such a very nice city that deserves more than 2 days to visit.
I’ve been there before, and so the rest of my family who joined the trip. Thus, we decided to visit 2 places in 8 hours: Warnemünde and the main city of Rostock itself. But in reality, we explored Warnemünde later after returning from Rostock by train, that only took 20 minutes for less than € 5.
FYI, Warnemünde station is situated only 5 minutes walking distance from Pier 7, thats’s why it was possible for us to go to Rostock in limited hours.
Without further much ado, I’d like to bring Warnemunde to the limelight first in this post. So, Warnemünde, here we go.
ENCHANTING SEASIDE RESORT
Warnemünde is a seaside resort and a district in the suburb of Rostock that belongs to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern region in north Germany, located at the mouth of the Warnow River, with a direct access to Baltic Sea. Once a small fishing village when founded in the 11th century, it started to develop in 19th century.
Nowadays, Warnemünde has become one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. Despite its reputation, Warnemünde is still not a very popular destination for overland trips, overshadowed by bigger cities nearby like Berlin and Potsdam.
Enchanting views of Warnemünde were revealed as soon as our ship approached the shore of the German side of Baltic Sea. No one could miss them from the breakfast room, but I would rather go to the top deck to get a better angle and view, as well as to avoid window reflections while capturing with my old camera.
Sometimes I wonder why anyone would skip this lovely town if he or she is already there.
The first still-live objects I found near the port when I got off from the ship was a cute strawberry-shaped booth I don’t know what it stands for and a sand sculpture.
ALTER STROM: THE NEAREST ATTRACTION FROM PIER 7
Since time was luxury for us, with only less than 4 hours to explore the lovely seaside resort, Alter Strom or Old Channel was a perfect choice for us since it was just 10 minutes walking distance from the port. Alter Strom has been operating since 1423 and was the only access from Baltic Sea to the harbour of Rostock. Since 1903, it has been replaced by Neuen Strom or New Channel.
Not to mention the weather, which was something I couldn’t ask for more. The combination of warming sunshine, breeze and an approximate temperature of 20 degrees Celsius has been my ideal weather for travelling. Nonetheless, forget about less crowds that a lot of us (and may be you, too) expected. My family and I were not the only ones who loved the preserved maritime atmosphere as a whole.
The promenade of Alter Strom is undoubtedly the melting pot between locals and foreigners, especially those who get off from cruise ships. The well-maintained rows of fishermen’s cottages turned into cafes, restaurants and small shops, hotels and pension houses in white and pastel colours contribute a picturesque landscape that Alter Strom has already possessed for many centuries. The yachts and excursion boats occupied the river banks, giving alternative ways to enjoy Warnemünde when they are available for rent.
Not to mention the weather, which was something I couldn’t ask for more. The combination of bright sunshine, breeze and an approximate temperature of 20 degrees Celsius has been my ideal weather for travelling. Nonetheless, forget about less crowds that a lot of us (and may be you, too) expected. My family and I were not the only ones who loved the preserved maritime atmosphere as a whole.
Apparently, human beings are not the only ones who love hanging out.
Love padlock tradition is also available in Warnemünde, apart from many other European countries. One of the locations is at the station bridge. The padlocks are usually engraved, or written with a marker for practical and cheaper reason, with (initial) names of the couple. Sometimes they put the name of their children, wedding or anniversary dates as well. The couple then throw the key into the river together to bind their love, hoping that it will last forever.
Hanging out at one of the cafes is a recommended activity, too. I got a chance to taste Rostocker beer. But beware of the wind, as it may blow harder sometimes. I lost my € 20 banknote that I got as a change from the waiter and I only realized it after I returned to the ship!!
ON THE WAY TO WARNEMÜNDE LIGHTHOUSE AND TEAPOT
The best part of Warnemünde is all attractions are basically reachable on foot. Thus, we continued walking to other landmarks, The Old Lighthouse and Teapot.
To be honest, I was more interested in “on the way to the landmarks” then the landmarks themselves as I found lovely details of objects attached in the traditional buildings along the way, from flower garland, vines, vintage mailbox to newspaper delivery tube.
The lighthouse was constructed in 1897 bu Friedrich Kerner. The renovation began in 1968, but only completed in 1993. Nowadays, the 37-meter lighthouse becomes an observation deck in summer, allowing people to get a bird’s eye view of Baltic Sea and northern district of Rostock.
The other landmark next to it is Teepott, or Teapot in German, is a popular place to hang out since it has several restaurants under one roof. Firstly opened in 1926, the Bauhaus style building with Hyparschale-curved roof is an example of of remaining East German architecture. After it was burned down after the World War II, the reconstruction started in 1960 and underwent a renovation in 2002.
Though we didn’t have much time to go inside both landmarks and may not notice some other important attractions, we were happy to stroll around the town. We simply followed our hearts on where we would love to see and experience from a new place we had not heard of and chasing landmarks were not really our goal anyways.
I personally was convinced that Warnemünde is not a place you should not miss when travelling to Baltic Sea.