Visiting the Baltic Sea coast in sub-zero weather probably wasn’t one of my brightest ideas, but – being a sucker for the Northern European seaside – when the offer to go for a day-trip to Rostock came up, I accepted it in a heartbeat.
It was probably the gloomy weather coupled up with the pointy, uninviting Gothic architecture that at first glance gave the town a bit of an ominous feel – but also an intriguing edge, and not the kind you see in Berlin. The main road, called Kröpeliner Straße, was lined with cute little shops where you could purchase locally-made sweets and other trinkets. Our tour guide took us inside the St. Mary’s church, where we were greeted by an immense astronomical clock (still works to this day with its original mechanism!) and admired the haunting Brick Gothic construction. The most interesting part of Rostock for me was the Warnemünde district, located on the Baltic Sea, famous among the locals for its seemingly never-ending beaches, a solitary lighthouse and charming little houses dotted around the marina. For someone who comes from a rocky Mediterranean area and is generally deprived of the sand beach privilege, Warnemünde was like a revelation, even in inhumanely freezing conditions. Luckily, we were able to rectify the cold by having delicious fish soup in one of the cozy local restaurant nestled in the wharf. It was just what we needed!