Warnemünde (Warnemunde), Germany

Lighthouse of Warnemunde, Germany

Introduction to Warnemünde (Warnemunde), Germany

A delightful seaside town with excellent links to many of Germany’s gems, such as historic Rostock and vibrant Berlin, Warnemünde (Warnemunde) is a wonderfully rewarding destination.

With its wide, sandy beaches, traditional pubs and fantastic restaurants serving delicious, locally caught seafood, it is no wonder that pretty Warnemünde – situated on the coast of the Baltic Sea – is one of Germany’s most popular holiday resorts and busiest cruise ports.

While many visitors to Warnemünde choose not to stray away from the coast here, especially in summer when the beach becomes a haven for sun-worshippers, there are plenty of highlights to uncover elsewhere in the town. Those who opt to explore are rewarded with interesting attractions such as Warnemünde Church, the 19th century Lighthouse, and the quaint cottages and marina of the idyllic Alter Strom old river district, all of which are within easy reach of your ship’s docking location closer to the town centre.

And, thanks to its close proximity to a number of attraction-packed towns and cities, Warnemünde is also a gateway to some of Germany’s most famous sites. Berlin’s iconic monuments, such as the Brandenburg Gate and the remains of the Berlin Wall; the gabled houses and Brick-Gothic structures of UNESCO-listed Wismar; and the Hanseatic-era treasures of Rostock can all be uncover on tours. 

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BERLIN & CHRISTMAS MARKET - TOUR AX

  • Explore the highlights of Germany’s capital city - Berlin
  • Discover the history of life behind the Iron Curtain – Checkpoint Charlie and the wall
  • Be enchanted by one of the many Christmas Markets within the city
Price£150.00 - £160.00
DurationApprox. 13 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

The journey to Berlin will take you through the countryside of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - characterised by its hundreds of lakes and typical flatland. Your exciting tour programme then starts, upon arrival in Berlin.

Pass the Alexander Platz Square, with Berlin’s Television Tower – the centre and heart of former East Berlin. Passing Museum Island with the Dome of Berlin, drive on to the Unter den Linden Boulevard towards Brandenburg Gate for a short photo stop. Next you have a chance to visit one of the delightful Christmas Markets and browse the stalls for festive goodies.

Refreshed from lunch at a local restaurant, head for Kurfürstendamm, the western city’s main boulevard and find the Europa Center, the KaDeWe shopping mall and the Emperor Wilhelm Memorial Church. Travel east, passing the Victory Column and Tiergarten Park, along the Avenue of June 17th and finally reach the heart and centre of modern Germanythe Reichstag. Gather for a glass of sparkling wine on the outdoor roof terrace of one of Germany’s most well known restaurants - enjoy breathtaking views of the Pariser Platz with the Brandenburg Gate, and have a unique perspective of the building itself, as the restaurant is located right beside the Reichstag’s famous glass cupola, designed by Sir Norman Foster. You have the opportunity to walk up the cupola, a technical and aesthetic masterpiece constructed from steel, glass and mirrors.

The tour recommences with sightseeing in the historic centre of Berlin. A short photo stop and walk is made at Potsdam Square, then pass Checkpoint Charlie (probably the world’s most notorious borderline) and Niederkirchner Straße, with huge remnants of the wall. You may take a photo of this iconic ‘Iron Curtain’ before beginning the journey back to Warnemünde, whilst reflecting on an eventful and unforgettable day.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 WINTER CALLS ONLY

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This is a strenuous tour because of the duration. You will leave the ship early and return late. The coach ride to and from Berlin is approximately three hours each way. On arrival in Berlin you will have around two hours of sightseeing, traffic permitting, and approximately a further three and a half hours of touring after lunch. Walking is involved: at the Brandenburg Gate (approximately 200 metres), the Christmas Market (walking at your own discretion), a walk to photograph the Charlottenburg Palace, at the Reichstag and at Potsdam Square. There is a ramp to walk up the cupola, if you wish. Due to the extensive construction occurring in Berlin, and the numerous congresses and special events taking place, it may be necessary to substitute one of the listed sights with another venue, or change the order of the sights visited. This is unfortunately beyond our control. Scaffolding may be in place on some of the buildings. An English-speaking escort will accompany you on the transfer to and from Berlin; an official guide will only be present during the city tour. Lunch includes one local beer, glass of wine or soft drink, and one coffee or tea per person. A cold dinner snack will be served on the return journey and a short comfort stop will be made on the outbound and return journey. 


BEST OF BERLIN

  • Explore the highlights of Germany’s capital city - Berlin
  • Discover the history of life behind the Iron Curtain, Checkpoint Charlie and the wall
  • Marvel at the amazing architecture of the Reichstag

 

Price£140.00-£150.00
DurationApproximately 12 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Uncover the highlights of the fascinating city of Berlin on this insightful full-day tour.

 

The journey to Berlin will take you through the countryside of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - characterised by its hundreds of lakes and typical flatland. Your exciting tour programme then starts, upon arrival in the city.

 

One of the first photo stops will be at original remnants of the Berlin Wall. In the early 1960’s with the approval of the Warsaw Pact, East German soldiers occupied the Soviet sector of Berlin and started sealing it off from the west. After being a barrier that divided the city and its people for almost 30 years, the wall finally opened in 1989.

 

Another photo stop will be made at Checkpoint Charlie, possibly the world’s best known Allied Checkpoint for Allied military, foreigners and diplomats on foot or by car. You will depart this sightseeing highlight and head straight to Bebel Platz. It was here;  in 1933, the Nazis ordered the book burning by National Socialist students who burned the works of hundreds of free authors, publishers, philosophers and scientists. Here a symbolic underground library is left empty with the space for 20,000 books that were estimated to have gone up in flames and time permitting, you will have the opportunity to step out of the coach for a photo stop.

 

You will also pass by the Potsdamer Platz, formerly a no man's land between East and West where the first gap in the Berlin Wall was made in 1989. Today, a pristine block of futuristic glass and steel skyscrapers includes the headquarters of Sony Europe and Europe’s first traffic light built in 1924. A few blocks away from here and close to the site where Hitler’s bunker was hidden, a sombre memorial commemorates the Jews who perished in Europe during the Second World War.

 

At the Holocaust Memorial, only opened in 2005, you will have the opportunity for a photo stop before making your way over to the famous Brandenburg Gate that more than any symbolises Berlin’s history. Close by you will have the opportunity to see the Reichstag building which is Germany’s seat of Parliament and today well known for having the world’s largest glass dome, designed by the famous architect, Sir Norman Foster.

 

Those with a fondness for Prussian history will enjoy the outside visit to the Charlottenburg Palace – here you will have a few moments for a photo stop of the oldest surviving Prussian palace that reflects the former splendour and grandeur of the Hohenzollern dynasty.

 

A drive into the former western part of Berlin, will take you along the Kurfuerstendamm (Ku-Damm), which is also West Berlin’s most famous street. Here you will pass by the Emperor William Memorial Church (also known as the ‘hollow-tooth’), which has since the Second World War, served as a stark reminder of the damage done by the war. Close by, you will pass by the largest department store on the continent of Europe, KaDeWe. This shopping paradise is a legend and had its 100th birthday in 2007.

 

A short drive will get you to Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station), which opened early in 2006. With more than 80 shops that are all open seven days a week, the building was dubbed an architectural and logistical wonder, with trains arriving and departing in all directions every 90 seconds.

 

Subject to time, you will have the opportunity to either spend time shopping at KaDeWe, Friedrichstrasse, Brandenburg Gate area or Berlin’s main train station before beginning the journey back to Warnemünde, whilst reflecting on an eventful and unforgettable day.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is a strenuous tour because of the duration. You will leave the ship early and return late. The coach ride to and from Berlin is approximately three hours each way. Due to the extensive construction occurring in Berlin, and the numerous congresses and special events taking place, it may be necessary to substitute one of the listed sights with another venue, or change the order of the sights visited. This is unfortunately beyond our control. Scaffolding may be in place on some of the buildings. An English speaking escort will accompany you on the transfer to and from Berlin; a Berlin tour guide will only be present during the city tour. Lunch includes one local beer or soft drink, and one coffee or tea per person. A cold dinner snack will be served on the return journey and a short comfort stop will be made on the outbound and return journey.  

 


BEST OF BERLIN (

  • Explore the highlights of Germany’s capital city - Berlin
  • Discover the history of life behind the Iron Curtain – Checkpoint Charlie and the wall
  • Marvel at the amazing architecture of the Reichstag
Activity Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£150.00-£200.00
DurationApproximately 12.5 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Uncover the highlights of the fascinating city of Berlin on this insightful full-day tour.

 

The journey to Berlin will take you through the countryside of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - characterised by its hundreds of lakes and typical flatland. Your exciting tour programme then starts, upon arrival in the city.

One of the first photo stops will be at original remnants of the Berlin Wall. In the early 1960’s with the approval of the Warsaw Pact, East German soldiers occupied the Soviet sector of Berlin and started sealing it off from the west. After being a barrier that divided the city and its people for almost 30 years, the wall finally opened in 1989.

Another photo stop will be made at Checkpoint Charlie, possibly the world’s best known Allied Checkpoint for Allied military, foreigners and diplomats on foot or by car. You will depart this sightseeing highlight and head straight to Bebel Platz. It was here;  in 1933, the Nazis ordered the book burning by National Socialist students who burned the works of hundreds of free authors, publishers, philosophers and scientists. Here a symbolic underground library is left empty with the space for 20,000 books that were estimated to have gone up in flames and time permitting, you will have the opportunity to step out of the coach for a photo stop.

You will also pass by the Potsdamer Platz, formerly a no man's land between East and West where the first gap in the Berlin Wall was made in 1989. Today, a pristine block of futuristic glass and steel skyscrapers includes the headquarters of Sony Europe and Europe’s first traffic light built in 1924. A few blocks away from here and close to the site where Hitler’s bunker was hidden, a sombre memorial commemorates the Jews who perished in Europe during the Second World War.

At the Holocaust Memorial, only opened in 2005, you will have the opportunity for a photo stop before making your way over to the famous Brandenburg Gate that more than any symbolises Berlin’s history. Close by you will have the opportunity to see the Reichstag building which is Germany’s seat of Parliament and today well known for having the world’s largest glass dome, designed by the famous architect, Sir Norman Foster.

Those with a fondness for Prussian history will enjoy the outside visit to the Charlottenburg Palace – here you will have a few moments for a photo stop of the oldest surviving Prussian palace that reflects the former splendour and grandeur of the Hohenzollern dynasty.

A drive into the former western part of Berlin, will take you along the Kurfuerstendamm (Ku-Damm), which is also West Berlin’s most famous street. Here you will pass by the Emperor William Memorial Church (also known as the ‘hollow-tooth’), which has since the Second World War, served as a stark reminder of the damage done by the war. Close by, you will pass by the largest department store on the continent of Europe, KaDeWe. This shopping paradise is a legend and had its 100th birthday in 2007.

A short drive will get you to Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station), which opened early in 2006. With more than 80 shops that are all open seven days a week, the building was dubbed an architectural and logistical wonder, with trains arriving and departing in all directions every 90 seconds.

You will then have the opportunity to enjoy some time at leisure to explore this fascinating city, get some lunch (own expense) or maybe do a little shopping before beginning the journey back to Warnemünde, whilst reflecting on an eventful and unforgettable day..

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is a strenuous tour because of the duration. You will leave the ship early and return late. The coach ride to and from Berlin is approximately three hours each way. Due to the extensive construction occurring in Berlin, and the numerous congresses and special events taking place, it may be necessary to substitute one of the listed sights with another venue, or change the order of the sights visited. This is unfortunately beyond our control. Scaffolding may be in place on some of the buildings. An English speaking escort will accompany you on the transfer to and from Berlin; a Berlin tour guide will only be present during the city tour. A cold dinner snack will be served on the return journey and a short comfort stop will be made on the outbound and return journey.  

 


CHRISTMAS FLAVOURS OF ROSTOCK - TOUR CC

  • Explore the maritime town on foot, to reach the historic centre
  • Visit a popular farmers market and taste some festive specialities
  • Learn about the brewing process at a micro brewery, before sampling the beer
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApprox. 5.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Visit Rostock, a micro brewery and the farmers market, to sample the Christmas flavours on offer here.

A coach transfer will take you to Rostock to commence a city tour which concentrates on the centre with its centuries old red brick architecture. As the roads in the centre are very narrow and partly closed off to traffic, the visit to Rostock is conducted as a guided walking tour. See the centuries old New Market, with the beautiful City Hall (outside view), and St Mary’s Church – Rostock’s landmark – at the Goat Market. A visit will be made inside the church, which has a unique astronomical clock. You will also view remnants of the old city walls – the Kröpeliner Gate and the Stone Gate – whose old towers guaranteed security in medieval times. The restoration of historic architecture, which has taken place since Germany’s reunification in 1990, combined with more modern features such as souvenir shops and romantic cafés make a visit to Rostock very worthwhile.

Continue by coach to the next highlight of the day – a farmers market that is well known in the area and at this time of year is decorated as a Christmas market. Locals love to shop here. There is an immense choice of typical German products and goods common to the area such as cakes, wines, all kinds of local food and refreshments, as well as souvenirs and Christmas decorations. Naturally, you will not want to leave without a sample of traditional Glühwein and local gingerbread.

Your concluding visit will be to a local microbrewery. Here you are shown the process of original German beer making. Beer is not only one of Germany’s best known products, but it is also a staple part of the nations’ diet! One of the master brewers will explain the brewing process, and you will be treated to samples of original German beer accompanied by typical bratwurst and sauerkraut and receive a beer glass as a souvenir.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 WINTER CALLS ONLY

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: We would like to point out that it is quite easy and economical to travel to Rostock independently, however, this tour is accompanied by a fully qualified, English speaking guide and includes visits to a farmer’s market and micro brewery. This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility (difficult for wheelchair users). The walking tour of Rostock covers a distance of approximately two kilometres, during which a certain pace is required and uneven ground may be encountered. The tour will include over 100 metres of walking at the brewery as well as 10 steps to negotiate; and 500 metres of walking to make the most of the farmers market. The order of the itinerary may operate to a different order than that described.


FLAVOURS OF ROSTOCK (TOUR C)

  • Take a relaxing harbour cruise to Rostock
  • Explore the maritime town on foot, to reach the historic centre
  • Visit a popular farmers market and taste some smoked fish
  • Learn about the brewing process at a micro brewery, before sampling the beer
Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £70.00
DurationApproximately 5.5 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Accompanied by your guide, walk from the pier in Warnemünde to your nearby tour boat for a trip upstream on the River Warnow. You will admire the city of Rostock and its port from a different perspective.

Arriving in Rostock, commence a city tour which concentrates on the centre with its centuries old red brick architecture. As the roads in the centre are very narrow and partly closed off to traffic, the visit to Rostock is conducted as a guided walking tour. See the centuries old New Market, with the beautiful City Hall (outside view), and St Mary’s Church – Rostock’s landmark – at the Goat Market. A visit will be made inside the church, which has a unique astronomical clock. You will also view remnants of the old city walls – the Kröpeliner Gate and the Stone Gate – whose old towers guaranteed security in medieval times. The restoration of historic architecture, which has taken place since Germany’s reunification in 1990, combined with more modern features such as souvenir shops and romantic cafés, make a visit to Rostock very worthwhile. There should be a little free time to explore the area further.

Continue by coach to the next highlight of your day – a farmers market that is well-known in the area. Locals love to shop here. There is an immense choice of typical German products and goods common to the area such as cakes, wines, all kinds of local food and refreshments, as well as souvenirs. Since Rostock is located on the Baltic it is widely renowned for its seafood. In the market you will learn how fresh fish is smoked in ovens and will sample this delicacy, helped along with some schnapps.

Your concluding visit will be to a local microbrewery. Here you are shown the process of original German beer making. Beer is not only one of Germany’s best known products, but it is also a staple part of the nation’s diet! One of the master brewers will explain the brewing process, and you will be treated to samples of original German beer accompanied by typical bratwurst and sauerkraut and receive a beer glass as a souvenir. The return to Warnemünde will be by coach.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISE HOLIDAYS

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? We would like to point out that it is quite easy and economical to travel to Rostock independently; however, this tour is accompanied by a fully qualified, English speaking guide and includes visits to a farmer’s market and micro brewery. Please note that audio guides will be provided at the farmers market and throughout the walking tour. This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and is considered difficult for wheelchair users. The walking tour of Rostock covers a distance of approximately two kilometres (one and a half miles), during which a certain pace is required and uneven ground may be encountered. (Please be aware that this is limited in content due to the small size of the city, which has not wholly recovered from 45 years under the socialist regime). The walking will include approximately 220 metres to reach the boat and steps to get on and off it; over 100 metres of walking at the brewery as well as ten steps to negotiate; and 500 metres of walking to make the most of the farmers market. For reference the cruise will last approximately one hour and the boat will have toilet facilities, but is not air-conditioned. The order of the itinerary may operate to a different order than that described.


FORGOTTEN FISCHLAND (TOUR F)

  • Leave Warnemünde behind and enjoy the surrounding countryside and villages
  • Admire the views from both land and sea
  • An ideal tour for guests not wishing to do much walking
Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

The Fischland-Darss region is a popular holiday area – the Baltic coast features many beach resorts and inland there are natural waterways and an abundance of forests.

You will travel by coach to the peninsular of Fischland-Darss. Following the coastline you will pass woods, fields and old fishing villages before embarking a boat to sail into the National Park. The shallow coastal waters of the Baltic mix with small creeks, creating a unique habitat. You will pass the Pütnitz Peninsula, where until 1945 the Kriegsmarine trained its pilots and during the Cold War Russian pilots were hidden from western espionage. As you travel across the lake you will be served with coffee and a slice of typical German cake. High ranking officers of the East German Secret Service had their summer residences, datschas, in the area, which was exclusive to these families. Now the peninsular is a recreation and nature area – local birds and water birds should be seen, and you may be lucky enough to see fish eagles or even a grey Baltic seal.

Leaving your boat, enjoy a little free time – the opportunity to perhaps visit the small but beautiful church amongst the thatched houses, or sample some local freshly smoked fish. After your time here, rejoin your coach and make the return drive to Warnemünde.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISE HOLIDAYS

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is by coach and boat and is especially suitable for guests not wishing to undertake much walking. The boat is boarded by gangway and to reach the lower deck there are three steps, and to the upper deck approximately eight steps. The crew are happy to assist guests if necessary. We can not guarantee sightings of birds or wildlife. Please note that this tour will operate in all weather conditions.


Life’s a Journey, Enjoy the Ride

  • Explore Warnemunde by bike
Activity Tour
Price£70.00-£80.00
DurationApproximately 3 1/2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Warnemünde has been an anglers’ village since medieval days. It was established in 1323, lined with red-roofed houses and quaint little streets. Today this tradition still lives on as many anglers’ houses still line the narrow cobblestoned streets, which attracts mariners, on-lookers and tourists from all corners of the globe. Warnemünde derives its name from the mouth of the Warnow River and is only 10 kilometers from the Hanseatic city of Rostock.

 

After a brief guided walk from the ship to the bicycle departure point in Warnemünde, where you can test your bicycle, you will depart on ‘board’ a comfortable trekking bicycle for a refreshing tour of Warnemünde and its surroundings. The majority of your journey will consist of a cycle along the coast and surroundings.

 

Continue your tour through the coastal forest, often referred to as a ghost forest, due to the unusually shaped vegetation caused by the elements and by the glaciers of the last Ice Age. Cycle towards the ocean, where for over 100 years visitors have discovered Wilhelmshoehe as a perfect spot to relax.

At Wilhelmshoehe you will have time to relax and enjoy tea/coffee or cool refreshments and some traditional German cake, whilst soaking in the scenic views.

The last leg of this tour will take you back to the romantic fishing village of Warnemünde. Pass along the promenades and piers, returning to bicycle departure point, where your journey comes to an end, taking with you memorable impressions of one of Germany’s most popular holiday resorts. Your guide will walk you back to the ship.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Participants on this tour need to be fit and healthy and used to cycling. The whole tour is by bicycle, and approximately 10 kilometres (six miles) will be covered, along the streets including some cycle paths and through forest areas and beach promenades. It is considered an intermediate route with the cycling over mainly flat ground. Helmets are provided. Insect repellent, comfortable footwear and clothing as well as a windproof jacket are advisable. You may wish to bring a back pack and a bottle of water with you. Please note that the itinerary may operate in a different order to that shown. The bicycles used will be tours/trekking bicycles.

 


MADE IN GERMANY

  • Enjoy a private presentation of the famous beach basket
  • Sample some delicious traditional German beer bratwurst

 

Price£50.00£60.00
DurationApproximately 3 1/2 - 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Today, just as back in the old days, Warnemünde is still a little fishing community a few kilometres from Rostock, Mecklenburg’s largest city with over 200,000 citizens. This resort goes back 800 years and is famous for the healthy seaside air and vast stretches of golden sand.  It is also the place where the famous beach basket chair was invented and it’s also a place where some of Germany’s finest beer is brewed and the best bratwurst is grilled.

 

This tour will start by coach and take you on a sightseeing tour of Rostock and Warnemünde including a private presentation of the famous beach basket and its history whilst enjoying two local delicacies, beer and bratwurst.

 

Once in the Hanseatic City of Rostock you will get to see examples of North German Gothic brick architecture and architectural style, which saw its glory during the times of the Hanseatic League in the north of Germany. Pass by the New Market Square, which is surrounded by the Rathaus (Town Hall). Originally built in the 13th century in brick Gothic style but extensively transformed in the 18th century, with the addition of a Baroque façade and the St Mary’s Church with its famous 550-year-old astronomical clock. You will also pass by some of the city ramparts and existing gates of the old city.

 

The city's merchants made a fast buck on beer and fish exports in the 12th century and in order to facilitate trade and protect their powerful fleet, the formation of the Hanseatic League, a famous union of rich trading towns in northern Germany was necessary. Like many places in Germany, Rostock still brews excellent beer, but its income today is mainly from tourism.

 

Leaving Rostock, you will transfer back to the seaside resort of Warnemünde (the mouth of the river Warnow) which is still an operational fishing port with vast dunes and sweeping stretches of sand on either side of the river's mouth. You'll see rows of ancient, timber-framed houses and fisherman's cottages, and get a glimpse of how life must have been before the 1900s. Continue past modern hotels with spas and boats galore, before arriving to your private presentation of how beach baskets came about.

 

Strandkoerbe (wicker beach baskets) were invented in 1882 in Rostock on request of a tourist from Warnemünde and are special chairs designed to provide comfort and protection from sun, wind, rain and sand on beaches and are frequented by tourists. Here you will get an exclusive meeting with the owner of one of these businesses who will share this 125-year-old Warnemünde tradition. Learn more about the history, different makes and functions that make these baskets so famous. Founded in Warnemünde over 125 years ago, it is said that there are well over 70,000 of these baskets worldwide. ‘Test Seat’ a basket, before moving onto the next stop, a short drive away for another exciting inside visit to a local enterprise.

Enjoy learning how these baskets, which riddle Warnemünde’s beaches as well as those along the coastline in Germany, were made during a presentation conducted by a beach basket rental owner. Furthermore, you will enjoy a local beer and taste some typical Bratwurst snack during your visit to Warnemünde.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which is over uneven surfaces (the beach). The order of the tour may vary. 

 


MECKLENBURG & ROSTOCK (TOUR L)

  • Sit back and relax on this panoramic tour
  • Admire the Bad Doberan Cathedral
  • Pass by an abundance of Rostock’s main attractions 

 

Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 2 1/2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Countryside, Warnemünde and Rostock from the comfort of your coach.

 

A 30 minute drive brings you to Rostock, passing the typical eastern bloc living quarters of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's biggest city. You will drive through Rostock's centre with its century’s old red brick architecture and Hanseatic ambience. Pass the New Market with its beautiful City Hall, and St Mary's Church – Rostock's famous landmark. Continue past ruins of the old city walls and a formerSTASI prison (State Security of former East Germany, that was commanded by the KGB), before continuing your panoramic journey into the countryside.

 

You will pass by the Bad Doberan Cathedral, one of Northern Germany’s largest and mightiest medieval churches that towers above the rest of the village and the nearby fields. From here you will continue through countryside and small villages before returning to the quayside.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is minimal walking involved with this tour, however guests need to be able to climb in/out of the coach on their own. 

 


Rostock by Nostalgic Tram & Waterways

  • Enjoy a nostalgic tram ride into the heart of Rostock
  • Relax on a river cruise
  • Enjoy some typical German champagne

 

Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
LimitationLimited Spaces
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

If you are looking for the perfect balance between light activity and local experience, this tour is a must-do for you. Depart the quayside by coach for a short transfer to the tramway departure point. Board an authentic, well preserved nostalgic tram (1961 or similar), which was once Rostock’s main transportation system and depart on a nostalgic ride into the heart of the city.

On arrival in the centre, step back in time and start a brief orientation city walk through Mecklenburg Vorpommern’s largest city. Proceed to Northern Europe’s oldest university, the University of Rostock, founded in 1419 and built in the Italian Renaissance style. From here, you will take a leisurely stroll through the Kroepeliner Strasse and Am Neuen Markt and explore the quaint shopping streets, which have flourished since the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990. Even though the city centre was largely destroyed during the Second World War, you will still find a lot of historical buildings especially in this particular district.

Rostock lies eight miles from Warnemünde, nestled on the banks of the river Warnow and the Baltic shore. It is largest Baltic port in Germany and a turntable for travellers and goods to and from Scandinavia and the Baltic countries. While other towns pay homage to glass and aluminium, the buildings in this old Hanseatic city pay tribute to diverse architectural eras, medieval and 1950’s architecture in the centre, modern housing blocks and 19th century villas in the suburbs.

Of special interest is the medieval town centre; the 15th century town hall has a seven turreted Gothic facade and an 18th century Baroque front structure and St. Mary’s Church, with its characteristic red brick which was built around 1398. You will pay an inside visit and see an astronomical clock, which was built in 1472, with the calendar dating 2017, predicting days, dates, etc. spot on.

Before you walk down to the jetty where you will board a boat for a cruise along the Warnow river transferring you back to Warnemünde, spend some time at leisure exploring Rostock on your own.

During the boat ride you can savour some typical and traditional German beer or enjoy some typical German champagne (German sparkling wine), whilst passing along waters travelled by seafarers of past and present.

If you are looking for a perfect balance between light activity, tranquillity and nostalgia, this tour is a must-do for you.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The tour includes a moderate amount of walking; therefore, we do not recommend this tour to guests with walking difficulties. Guests must be able to climb in/out of the coach/boat/tram on their own. There are approximately 25 steps down to the jetty and onto the boat. It is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs. There are covered and open decks – guests will not all have seats outside, or inside. Please note that the boat may not be exclusive to Fred. Olsen guests. Come dressed for the weather on the day, and sturdy shoes. The order of the itinerary may operate in a different order than that described.

 


ROSTOCK BY ROAD, RIVER & RAIL (TOUR H)

  • Enjoy a local tram ride through the heart of Rostock
  • Relax on a river cruise
  • Enjoy some typical German “champagne”

 

Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

If you are looking for the perfect balance between light activity and local experience, this tour is a must-do for you. Depart the quayside by coach for a short transfer to the tramway departure point. Board a local tram, Rostock’s main transportation system and depart on a ride into the heart of the city.

Rostock lies 8 miles from Warnemünde, nestled on the banks of the river Warnow and the Baltic shore. It is largest Baltic port in Germany and a turntable for travellers and goods to and from Scandinavia and the Baltic countries. While other towns pay homage to glass and aluminium, the buildings in this old Hanseatic city pay tribute to diverse architectural eras; medieval and 1950s architecture in the centre, modern housing blocks and 19th century villas in the suburbs.

On arrival in the centre, you'll start a guided walk through Mecklenburg Vorpommern’s largest city. Proceed to Northern Europe’s oldest university, the University of Rostock, founded in 1419 and built in the Italian Renaissance style. From here you will take a leisurely stroll through the 'Kroepeliner Strasse' and 'Am Neuen Markt' and 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 the Second World War, you will still find a lot of historical buildings, especially in this particular district.

Of special interest is the medieval town centre; the 15th century town hall has a seven turreted Gothic facade and an 18th century Baroque front structure and St. Mary’s Church, with its characteristic redbrick which was built around 1398. You will pay an inside visit and see an astronomical clock, which was built in 1472, with the calendar dating 2017, predicting days, dates, etc. spot on.

Before you walk down to the jetty where you will board a boat for a cruise along the Warnow River transferring you back to Warnemünde, spend some time at leisure exploring Rostock on your own.

During the boat ride you can savour some typical and traditional German beer or enjoy some typical German champagne (German sparkling wine), whilst passing along waters travelled by seafarers of past and present.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The tour includes a moderate amount of walking; therefore, we do not recommend this tour to guests with walking difficulties. Guests must be able to climb in/out of the coach/boat/tram on their own. There are approximately 25 steps down to the jetty and onto the boat. It is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs. There are covered and open decks – guests will not all have seats outside, or inside. Please note that the boat may not be exclusive to Fred. Olsen guests. Come dressed for the weather on the day, and sturdy shoes. The order of the itinerary may operate in a different order than that described.

 


Stepping Back in Time

  • Enjoy a brief panoramic tour of Rostock
  • Opportunity to try your hand at driving a military vehicle 

 

Price£105.00 - £120.00
DurationApproximately 6 - 6 1/2 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

On this tour, get the opportunity to interact with Soviet Hardware at a former World War II Airbase.

 

The Allied powers who defeated Nazi Germany in World War II, divided the country into four occupation zones for administrative purposes. The three western zones were merged to form the Federal Republic of Germany in May 1949, and the Soviets followed suit in October with the establishment of East Germany which existed from 1949 until 1990. Since the fall of ‘The Iron Curtain’ a team of ‘Russian Technic’ lovers have put together one of Germany’s largest and most comprehensive collections of former Soviet and Eastern Bloc Technology, presented in three aircraft hangars built during the 1930’s.

Depart the quayside by coach for a brief sightseeing tour of Rostock by coach, a lively harbour city with a rich heritage dating back nearly 800 years and Mecklenburg Vorpommern’s largest city. Even though this medieval city centre was largely destroyed during the Second World War, you will still find a lot of historical buildings, some of which you will see during your brief panoramic tour.

From Rostock, an approximate 45 minute coach drive will take you to Puetnitz which is tucked away in a remote forest. It is here where you will have the opportunity to visit a ‘Living History’ Museum, which is situated in a former German ‘Luftwaffe’, air-force base.

During your visit, the curator/or association member of the museum will passionately show you this historic air force base with a large collection of Russian tanks, aircrafts, other military vehicles, civilian cars and motorbikes.Next, take a lifetime opportunity to drive one of these vehicles (truck) under supervision (in first gear) over a course, set to test the vehicles ability (and your skill).

Also catch a glimpse of a Tschaika, a State Limousine once used by Russian leaders as well as amphibious chained vehicle such as Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev before savouring a ‘Bratwurst’ and soft drink on the museums grounds before returning to Warnemünde with impressive memories of this hardware collection. 

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Due to the considerable amount of walking involved with this tour, we do not recommend this tour to guests with walking difficulties or in wheelchairs. There is approximately three hours at the Historic Airbase with a few steps to encounter.

 


Bad Doberan, Berlin, Germany

THE MOLLI & THE MINSTER (TOUR B)

  • Enjoy a scenic ride on the Molli narrow gauge steam railway
  • Visit the 700 year old Minster at Bad Doberan
  • Enjoy free time at the seaside resort of Kühlungsborn
Train Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/2 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

The ride on the Molli narrow gauge steam railway will, for most, be the highlight of this tour, which lets you discover more of the Mecklenburg area.

Enjoy a relaxing drive through the typical flat landscape of the former East Germany, passing several small villages, before arriving in Bad Doberan. Here you will visit the

700-year-old Minster, constructed of red brick, you can also stroll through the park surrounding this lovely church. Inside, treasures from the 14th and 15th centuries are on view for you to admire. With strong walls protecting the entire town, the Minster was once a bishop’s seat and a centre of religious and military power.

Close to the Minster is the train station, from where you will embark on the historic Molli narrow gauge steam train. The journey, which will last approximately 20 minutes, will be in classic carriages pulled by an antique locomotive. Travel from Bad Doberan, along Europe’s oldest avenue of lime trees, to Heiligendamm, the oldest seaside resort in continental Europe.

From there it will be a short coach drive to Kühlungsborn, a resort with a beautiful beach. Take a short guided walking tour before enjoying some time at leisure where you can savour some refreshments at a seaside café or in one of the historic buildings along the romantic promenade or take time to stroll along the beautiful seafront (at your own expense).

 

Is this tour right for you?

 

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is a moderate amount of walking involved during this tour – approximately 450 metres at the Minster; 150 metres plus six steps at the railway station; and 500 metres plus a few steps in Kühlungsborn. Unfortunately it is not recommended for guests with limited mobility. There is likely to be steps to board the train, which is not equipped with air conditioning, a PA system, or toilets. The Minster is subject to closure at short notice – in which case it will be viewed from the outside only. The order of the itinerary may differ from that described.


TOP SECRET BUNKER TOUR (TOUR G)

  • This unique tour is a must for those interested in the military, or the history of the Cold War
  • Explore a previously top secret military bunker complex,
  • Created to ensure continued communication – experience how the bunker would have operated 
Activity Tour
Price£80.00 - £90.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the reunification of Germany, sites associated with the 40-year long Cold War and the division of the country into West and East Germany have become relics. One example of East Germany’s preparation for the so-called Third World War was the construction of highly specialised military bunkers. Unlike typical civilian air raid protection bunkers, Eastern Germany was littered with bunkers of every size and type serving a multitude of different agencies. Some of these bunkers already existed during World War II, but during the Cold War there was a new sense of urgency with a genuine belief that NATO would attack the country. This led to a new and unstoppable demand for protected accommodation for everyone in command, at any level. There were bunkers for the East German army, Soviet forces, the East German government and for the Stasi – the East German secret police.

Today you will visit a very special bunker complex of former East Germany, kept top secret and not identified by western secret services until it was passed to West German forces during reunification. It is the atomic attack-proof Troposphere Radio Command and Communications Bunker of Eichenthal. On arrival at the bunker complex you will be treated as special guests. Everything you see and hear must be kept top secret! Hear the guard dog barking and see the high voltage protection fence, which is still in use. No one is allowed to walk through the bunker site alone, so you will be guided to the entrance of the bunker – a very unique and mostly modern construction. The bunker was created to ensure communication between headquarters and the divisional commanders, in the case of a NATO attack. Entering the bunker you will hear all the machinery still working – pumps, air filters, radios and telecom equipment. Experience what it was like to work and live in the bunker, which was designed to go ‘live’ – meaning atomic attack proof operational – within seconds! During your tour you will learn more about the use of the troposphere radio and at the end of tour, in the command post, you will experience how it would have felt if the purpose this bunker was built for had become a terrifying reality...

While enjoying a drink you will be able to talk to a bunker specialist, on hand to answer any questions. There is a small souvenir area in the bunker to purchase mementoes, should you wish, before leaving this awe-inspiring site.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISE HOLIDAYS

Is this tour right for you?

 

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those using wheelchairs. Anyone who suffers from claustrophobia should not participate. Guests must be physically fit to climb several staircases. The inside visit to the bunker site requires approximately 750 metres of walking. Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted in the bunker. It should be noted that photography is not permitted in the bunker. The souvenir shop offers unusual souvenirs. Please note that warm clothing is recommended for the inside visit of the bunker (temperatures are regularly 6–10°C) as well as flat and sturdy footwear. The time spent at the bunker will be approximately two hours. Refreshments will be either tea or coffee or a cold drink, depending on the time available.


WARNEMUNDE WALKING TOUR - TOUR D

  • Explore Warnemünde on foot
  • Discover the highlights of this German seaside resort
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApprox. 2.5 hrs
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This walking tour of Warnemünde takes you through all of Warnemünde, with the guide providing interesting facts and tales on the town’s history, fishermen and ship building industries.  

Pass picturesque, historic fishermen’s houses and smell the freshly smoked fish near Der Alte Strom. You will also visit the church of Warnemünde which is traditionally decorated. After approximately 800 metres of walking at a steady pace, you reach the Museum of Local History and Folklore. The museum, at number 31 Alexandrinenstraße, was built in 1767. Learn more about the life of Warnemünde’s residents at the end of the last century and the hardship of provincial living standards.

After this interesting journey into the past, the walk continues through Warnemünde, reaching the Teepott - the teapot building which is a landmark of Warnemünde. A short distance further and you can see the picturesque lighthouse, still in operation today. Take a look at the wonderful white sand beach or climb up the 135 steps of the lighthouse and enjoy the view over Warnemünde. The lighthouse, marking the entrance to Rostock’s harbour, was built in 1897. At 36.5 metres in height it allows an excellent panoramic view of Warnemünde and the piers – a great opportunity for an unusual photo of your cruise ship!  

Having enjoyed the view from the top the lighthouse you continue to the tallest building in Warnemünde. Visit the hotel Neptun and take the lift up to the 19th floor, offering great views as you sit down, relax and enjoy a piece of typical German cake accompanied by a cup of coffee or tea. Refreshed, your guide will take you at a leisurely pace back to the pier. For those who prefer, you have the opportunity of staying in town and perhaps enjoying some freshly smoked fish before returning to the ship on your own. However you choose to finish your tour, you will enjoy the ambiance of your leisurely stroll in Warnemünde.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: We would like to point out that it is quite easy and economical to visit Warnemünde independently, however, this tour is accompanied by a fully qualified, English speaking guide and includes refreshments. This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and would prove difficult for wheelchair users. The ground can be uneven and cobblestone terrain will be covered. The steps to the top of the lighthouse are optional – participants can choose to remain at the bottom.


Rostock, Germany

WINTER FLAVOURS OF ROSTOCK

  • Explore the maritime town on foot, to reach the historic centre
  • Visit a popular farmers market and taste some local specialities
  • Learn about the brewing process at a micro brewery, before sampling the beer
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApprox. 5.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Visit Rostock, a micro brewery and the farmers market, to sample the flavours on offer here.

A coach transfer will take you to Rostock to commence a city tour which concentrates on the centre with its centuries old red brick architecture. As the roads in the centre are very narrow and partly closed off to traffic, the visit to Rostock is conducted as a guided walking tour. See the centuries old New Market, with the beautiful City Hall (outside view), and St Mary’s Church – Rostock’s landmark – at the Goat Market. A visit will be made inside the church, which has a unique astronomical clock. You will also view remnants of the old city walls – the Kröpeliner Gate and the Stone Gate – whose old towers guaranteed security in medieval times. The restoration of historic architecture, which has taken place since Germany’s reunification in 1990, combined with more modern features such as souvenir shops and romantic cafés make a visit to Rostock very worthwhile.

Continue by coach to the next highlight of the day – a farmers market that is well known in the area. Locals love to shop here. There is an immense choice of typical German products and goods common to the area such as cakes, wines, all kinds of local food and refreshments, as well as souvenirs. Naturally, you will not want to leave without a sample of traditional Glühwein and local gingerbread.

Your concluding visit will be to a local microbrewery. Here you are shown the process of original German beer making. Beer is not only one of Germany’s best known products, but it is also a staple part of the nations’ diet! One of the master brewers will explain the brewing process, and you will be treated to samples of original German beer accompanied by typical bratwurst and sauerkraut and receive a beer glass as a souvenir.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR D1329 CRUISE CALL ONLY

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: We would like to point out that it is quite easy and economical to travel to Rostock independently, however, this tour is accompanied by a fully qualified, English speaking guide and includes visits to a farmer’s market and micro brewery. This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility (difficult for wheelchair users). The walking tour of Rostock covers a distance of approximately two kilometres, during which a certain pace is required and uneven ground may be encountered. The tour will include over 100 metres of walking at the brewery as well as 10 steps to negotiate; and 500 metres of walking to make the most of the farmers market. The order of the itinerary may operate to a different order than that described.


WISMAR - A BALTIC CITY (TOUR J)

  • Explore the UNESCO city of Wismar
  • Enjoy a walking tour of this fascinating city
  • Sample some local German beer including the “Medieval” Mumme beer in a traditional brewery

 

Price£55.00-£65.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

The fascinating Hanseatic city of Wismar is one of Northern Germany’s prettiest and most historic destinations. Given World Heritage Status in 2002 by UNESCO, Wismar is world-renowned for its fine examples of Brick Gothic structures, wonderful gable houses and charming Market Square. Spread out over 10,000 square metres, the square is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Germany and is arguably one of Wismar’s greatest attractions. It is surrounded by beautiful 14th century to 19th century architecture of various styles, including Gothic and Romanesque, while the wrought-iron Wasserkunst Fountain standing proudly in the centre of the square is not to be missed.

After an approximate 75 minute transfer, you will arrive in the centre of Wismar where you will commence your guided walking tour of the city. Get a glance of this quaint UNESCO Hanseatic city as you pass along the cobbled streets with Gothic houses, Baroque buildings and Renaissance facades. The Classic Rathaus (Town Hall), the Water Tower, the historic drainage system, merchants’ houses from the Middle Ages, are just some of the fascinating buildings you can admire. 

In need of a rest, enjoy a beer tasting session accompanied by a traditional German snack (Schmalzbrot or Pretzel) within the nostalgic atmosphere of the “Brauerei am Lohberg”, a brewery and pub that has been in existence since the Middle Ages. Here you will also get the chance to sample the medieval “Mumme” beer. Though it is not as strong as it used to be, it is still very tasty.

After this refreshing break and some time at leisure discovering one of Germany’s beautiful gems, you return to your awaiting ship in Warnemunde.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is approximately one and a half hours of walking involved during the walking tour of Wismar, mainly over cobbled streets. There is approximately 30 minutes of standing/walking at the Brewery, a few steps to get in and approximately 20 steps to encounter. It is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs or with limited walking.

 


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