The attractive fishing village of Warnemunde in Germany is a popular cruise port. Warnemunde acts as a seaside entry to the city of Rostock (of which it is technically a part) and Berlin.
Warnemunde is a charming resort town, with sandy beaches, a lighthouse, fishing boats and plenty of cafés. It’s the perfect place to wander and bask in the sun. The populous city of Rostock has a scenic old town and one of the oldest universities in the world. There is plenty to easily fill a day of wandering in Rostock, including historic museums and picturesque gothic squares.
Further afield lies the capital of Germany, Berlin. The city is marked by its long history and is fantastic for the history buff. See the remnants of the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag building or visit one of its many museums and art galleries.
Warnemunde is situated at the mouth of Warnow River, just outside the centre of Rostock. The port itself is located metres away from the central station of Warnemunde.
As the Warnemunde port is located so near the train station, many facilities for tourists can be found there rather than at the cruise terminal.
- Tourist information desk
- Taxi rank.
Car rental services can be found at the cruise terminal. The centre of Warnemunde is also right near the port and eateries can be found here.
How to Get Around
Warnemunde is a small seaside resort, so getting around on foot is easy. The port is located right near the centre of town and everything is within easy walking distance. Warnemunde is often used as the cruise port for the nearby cities of Rostock and Berlin.
To get to Rostock, consider taking a taxi or the train. A taxi rank can be found near the pier area or at the train station. Fares are most often metered and the journey to get into the centre of town usually takes about 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can take the train from Warnemunde Bahnhof to Rostock Hauptbahnhof. Trains usually come every 15 minutes and the journey is approximately 25 minutes.
Berlin is about 3 to 4 hours by train and departures aren’t necessarily frequent. It is therefore best to take advantage of your cruise’s shore excursions to the city, which usually involves chartered trains or coaches.
- Currency – The official currency of Germany is the euro (€). There are limited exchange facilities in Warnemunde; however, both Rostock and Berlin have bureaux de changes.
- Time Zone – Germany uses Central European Time (CET), which is an hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The country switches to Daylight Saving Time (DST) at the end of March, when the clocks are set forward 1 hour. Daylight savings expires during October.
- Weather – Warnemunde’s climate is moderate due to its proximity to the sea. July and August are the warmest months; the average maximum temperature is 21 degrees Celsius. January is the coldest, with an average minimum of 0 degrees Celsius. The more inland city of Berlin has slightly warmer summers and colder winters, typically 2-3 degrees Celsius different to the temperatures in Warnemunde.
- Alter Strom – Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Warnemunde and walk along the waterway, taking in the pleasant sight of fishing boats and private yachts bobbing on the water. There are plenty of cosy eateries for a nice lunch or coffee while you soak up the view. Take a walk to the 100-year old lighthouse and climb the steps of the 37-metre-high tower that offers an excellent vantage point to survey the town and sea.
- The Marienkirche – While in Rostock, visit the Marienkirche, a large church dating back to the 13th century. Of particular interest is an astronomical clock built in 1472 that still works today, accurately predicting the phases of the moon. The church is about a 20-minute walk from Rostock Hauptbahnhof. It’s a pleasant route, with university buildings, cafés and gardens along the way.
- Berlin Historical Tour – There is so much to see in Berlin, so it can be difficult to figure out where to start. Cruises that organise chartered trips to Berlin will most likely include a guided tour of the city, which is a great way to experience what it has to offer, especially when pressed for time. For a self-guided adventure, consider taking the ‘hop-on, hop-off’ tour which operates every 10 minutes in summer and every 15 minutes in winter and includes 20 stops around Berlin, including Checkpoint Charlie, the Dom, Brandenburg Gate and Charlottenburg Palace.