Rostock (Berlin), Germany
Late Riser: Panoramic Mecklenburg
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Panoramic Mecklenburg is an orientation tour designed to introduce you to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern County and to the main attractions of Warnemünde and Rostock.
A 20-minute panoramic drive brings you into Rostock via the typical eastern-bloc residential quarters of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's largest city. For a complete contrast, you will drive through Rostock's Old Town center, with its centuries-old red-brick architecture and Hanseatic-era ambience. Pass the old New Market, beautiful City Hall, and St Mary's Church -- a famous landmark.
Continue past the ruins of the old city walls and a former STASI prison (State Security of former East Germany, commanded by the KGB), before driving out into the countryside. Watch for the Bad Doberan Cathedral -- one of Northern Germany's mightiest medieval churches -- which towers above the rest of the village and nearby fields.
From here, you will drive down Germany's longest avenue of linden (lime) trees, through rural landscapes and past small villages, before returning to the ship.
The coach for the city tour is equipped with seat belts; participants are required to use them. Guests cannot stay on the coach during free time. Guides and escorts are not allowed to lift guests for insurance reasons. Tour operates rain or shine. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars. Use of public restroom facilities costs between 50 cents and €1. Shops are closed on Sundays and holidays; a few souvenir shops may be open.