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About Warnemunde

The popular German seaside resort of Warnemunde is your gateway to all things Hanseatic, which means that many of the most popular excursions offered from Warnemunde cruises provide a fascinating tour through living medieval history.

Nearby Rostock still emanates some of its former glories as a major Hanseatic city. Its pedestrianised old town is full of narrow atmospheric streets, cutting between impressive centuries-old buildings. City Hall, in the New Market Place, is particularly impressive, but the 15th century St. Marien Church, with its astronomical clock, is Rostocks true focal point.

From Warnemunde-Rostock, your cruise tour takes you to the magnificent 700-year-old brick cathedral of Bad Doberan is only 10 miles away. Railway buffs will love the antique railway that runs from there to the beach resort of Heiligendamm, which is 30 minutes steaming away - through landscapes of charming villages, coastal scenes and the beautiful Doberan Linden Alley.

 

Shore excursions in Warnemunde

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Complete Panoramic

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 3 hours

Explore the Mecklenburg area by coach, taking in the many views and attractions of the area.

A 30-minute drive brings you to Rostock, passing the typical eastern-bloc living quarters of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's biggest city. You’ll travel through Rostock's centre with its century’s old redbrick architecture and Hanseatic ambience. Pass the beautiful City Hall, and St. Mary's Church - Rostock's famous landmark.

Enjoy around 30 minutes of free time in the centre, before continuing past the ruins of the old city walls and a former STASI prison (State Security of former East Germany, that was commanded by the KGB), before continuing your panoramic journey into the countryside. You will also have 30 minutes of free time to explore Rostock on your own.

You’ll pass by the Bad Doberan Cathedral, one of Northern Germany’s largest and mightiest medieval churches, which dominates the rest of the village and nearby fields. From here, you’ll continue down part of Germany’s longest Linden Tree avenue, through countryside and small villages before returning to the quayside.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour does not include inside visits. Photo stops are strictly subject to availability of time. This short trip is the ideal way to gain an overall impression of Mecklenburg and Rostock.

Molli and the Minster

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Countryside and seaside scenes charm you on this delightful tour including a ride aboard the tiny ‘Molli’ narrow-gauge railway.

Towering above the surrounding meadows and trees, the restored Bad Doberan Minster was originally built as a monastery and was a primary focal point of the community until the Protestant Reformation. Today, the Minster is an important historical sight of the Mecklenburg region. Your guided visit of the beautiful interior reveals the impressive winged altar, tabernacle and sanctuary lamp.

The tiny ‘Molli’ is a narrow-gauge railway train, which has been in operation since 1886, pulled by an old-fashioned steam locomotive. You’ll board the train at the historic train station in Bad Doberan for an approx. 20-minute ride through the scenic landscape of Doberan Linden Alley, a 2-mile-long strip, lined with lovely century-old Linden trees. On arrival in Heiligendamm, known as the ‘White City on the Coast’, board your coach for a short ride to another old seaside resort, Kühlungsborn.

In Kühlungsborn, you’ll have an opportunity to take a short stroll down to the beach promenade.

In Kühlungsborn relax with refreshments including a slice of traditional German cake.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, narrow gauge railway and on foot. Early booking is recommended due to limited availability. There are steps to embark/disembark the train, and at the refreshment venue. A small charge is made to use any public toilet facilities. Please note that the order of the itinerary may vary.

Rostock by Road, River and Tram

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Do as Rostockers do, travel by tram, by road and by river to see the sights of this vibrant city.

Board a modern, local tram for a charming journey into the heart of Rostock city, lasting approximately 30 minutes. On arrival, take part in a brief orientation walk. See northern Europe’s oldest university built in the Italian Renaissance style. Stroll through the Kroepeliner Strasse and Am Neuen Markt and browse the quaint shopping streets, which have flourished since the re-unification of east and west Germany in 1990. Inside St Mary’s is an amazing astronomical clock, which is still in working condition. The calendar dates from the 14th century to the year 2017.

After some free time, you’ll walk down to the jetty to join your cruise along the Warnow River, ending in Warnemünde. Whilst on board, savour local refreshments.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, tram and boat. The order of this tour may vary. Transfer to the tram departure is by coach. There are approximately 25 steps down to the jetty to join the boat, which is on 2 levels with seating both inside and out on deck. Early booking is recommended due to limited availability. The duration of this tour will be 4 to 4½ hours. Most shops are closed on Sundays in Rostock. The boat ride is non-exclusive to P&O Cruises.

Rostock by Vintage Tram and Waterway

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

If you are looking for a perfect balance between moderate activity, tranquillity and nostalgia, this tour is a ‘must’ for you.

Board an authentic, well-preserved tram, which was once Rostock’s main transportation system and enjoy a nostalgic 25-minute ride into the heart of the city.

Step back in time with a brief city walk through Mecklenburg Vorpommern’s largest city. See the University of Rostock, founded in 1419, and take a leisurely stroll through the Kroepeliner Strasse and Am Neuen Markt. Explore the quaint shopping streets, which have flourished since the re-unification of east and west Germany in 1990. Even though the city centre was largely destroyed during WWII, you’ll still find many historical buildings in this district.

Inside St Mary’s Church is an amazing astronomical clock, which is still in working condition. The calendar dates from the 14th century to the year 2017. Spend time at leisure in Rostock, before joining the river cruise along the Warnow River back to Warnemünde. Sit back, relax and taste some local refreshments, as you admire the views.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, vintage tram and boat. The order of this tour may vary. Transfer to the tram departure is by coach. There are approximately 25 steps down to the jetty to join the boat, which is on 2 levels with seating both inside and out on deck. Early booking is recommended due to limited availability. The duration of this tour will be 4 to 4½ hours. Most shops are closed on Sundays in Rostock. The boat ride is non-exclusive to P&O Cruises.

Rostock On Your Own

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

If you prefer exploring on your own, this is the perfect option for discovering the medieval sights of Rostock.

Sit back and relax, as you enjoy a short transfer to Rostock, during which, your escort will provide you with a map and general information.

Enjoy a stroll through the streets of this fascinating Hanseatic town, characterised by the deep red buildings. The town is a mixture of modern and old architecture from the medieval Market Square with its carefully-preserved gabled buildings with beautiful façades to the modern shopping centre.

Enjoy approximately 2½ hours of free time to explore and shop for souvenirs.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The advertised drop off point may vary, so please pay careful attention to the pick-up point and time. Passengers will be provided with a map for independent exploration. Please note that most shops are closed on Sundays in Rostock.

 

A selection of cruises to Warnemunde

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