More about Rostock
This marked the start of its meteoric rise to prominence; by the
14th century it was the largest city in northern Germany, with an
independent leadership and even a university, which was among the
first in Europe. By the 20th century this wealthy city was richly
decorated with many beautiful villas and fine Baroque buildings, as
well as its classic medieval core of gabled Renaissance houses and
charming market squares. As it was of such strategic importance, it
naturally became a target for bombing in the Second World War.
However, escaping with relatively little damage, it quickly
recovered and today much of Rostock's classic architecture remains
in its attractive centre - and its intricate network of cobbled
streets and broad boulevards are a delight to explore.