Leisure Activities in Abundance

The region of Rostock can offer extensive and phenomenal recreational possibilities on or next to water, cultural landscapes, historical testimonies to architecture and much much more in our diverse countrysides. If you feel like coming down from the working day with a stroll along sandy beaches or finishing work by doing for a leisurely bit of shopping, spending a day of your weekend with the family in a wildlife park or opting to hit the town for a night out – you’ll be spoilt for choice here.

We recommend to get the "Rostock App". Here you will find various information on leisure activities but also  accommodation, health and many more.

Sports and Exercise

Access to the Baltic Sea, the lakes, and the rivers, in addition to the sublime landscapes with their exceptional network of paths and routes for cycling, walking, riding, and enjoying the water mean that you always have extensive possibilities to be active at your very doorstep in Rostock and the surrounding region. Sailors, surfers, and kiters will all find one of Germany’s most beautiful and rewarding territories here. Furthermore, there is a vast range of sports facilities, clubs, and organisations in order to stay fit. Particular sporting highlights can be enjoyed with ‘Hansa Rostock’ football club, the ‘Seawolves’ and ‘EBC’ basketball organisations, the ‘HC Empor Rostock’ handballers, the ‘Piranhas’ ice hockey team, and the ‘Nasenbären’ inline hockey squad. 


The arts and cultural life and landscape in the region is unique, diverse, rich and full of lively music, literature, theatre, and museums – and it is easy to combine a love of culture here with the delights of nature and food. Furthermore, owing to the activities and programmes offered by the region’s music, art, and media schools, in addition to its adult education centres and city library, the region of Rostock has an incredibly rich arts and cultural education.


Whoever enjoys shopping and dawdling around will be guaranteed to get their money’s worth in Rostock: large shopping and outlet centres can be accessed just as easily as car-free boulevards with cosy cafés in the city centre in addition to the exclusive boutiques in the baltic seaside resorts. Those looking for fresh and healthy food will strike rich at the numerous weekly markets. In the wintertime, Rostock is like a magnet for those from near and far, all of whom are drawn to North Germany’s delightful and biggest christmas market.


Shopping streets:


Weekly markets in Rostock

The famous Christmas Market in Rostock


Leisure Time and Excursion Tips

Taking a trip on the nostalgic ‘Molli’ steamtrain, seeing exotic animals before your very eyes at Rostock Zoo, or even spending  a night among wolves at Güstrow Wildpark – these are but a few of the highlights the region offers for the young and old. Even in dreary unfavourable weather, you will find indoor playgrounds and swimming centres ready to accommodate you.

RostockCARD+Region, Güstrow Gästecard

RostockCARD is a discovery ticket for the region of Rostock. Culture, shopping, culinary delights and other discoveries can be had for a one-off fee, setting you on a journey of discovery where you can enjoy up to 120 discounts. The ticket can be bought in the tourist information office and is valid for adults and up to 2 children (up to 12 years of age).

With a Güstrow ErlebnisCard (Güstrow Discovery Card) your leisure time will be made even more fun as you can benefit from a 10% discount on numerous entry and loan/rental fees (and as often within the valid time-frame as you’d like). The ErlebnisCard is only available from the Güstrow information office.

Social Engagement and Voluntary Work

Being socially engaged for others is a matter of honour. Voluntary work can be diverse and relate to all sorts of areas of society. People who have been engaged in voluntary work over a number of years are awarded with an honorary card (Ehrenamtskarte) in Rostock, with which they can benefit from numerous discounts for leisure activities.

If you are interested in voluntary work you will find further information and contact Details on the following websites:

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Religious Communities and Holidays

You will find a various number of religious organisations and communities in Rostock and its region. Please check out the below links for futher information.

Public holidays in Germany are often non-working days. Most of them have a religious or national background. You will find an overview of all upcoming public holidays in the enclosed chart.



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