There are many tour options and things to do in Warnemünde. The charming seaside resort has the widest white sandy beach on the German Baltic Sea coast. The former fishing village is a busy cruise port and terminal for many ferries, yachts, fishing vessels and other small boats. You can explore this area very easily on your own.
The train from Warnemünde to the Hanseatic city of Rostock is within walking distance to the cruise ship terminal.
- Plan your own day. Download a handy route map of available transportation. Check suggested routes, schedules and fares for the train and bus here.
Popular port of call shore excursions in Warnemünde
- Take a 12-hour Berlin tour, which includes 5 hours or more of travel time by train or bus. This tour, for many, is the highlight of the Warnemünde port of call. We felt the travel time to Berlin was too long for such a short stay. Some travellers we spoke to stayed in Berlin several days before they boarded the ship in Copenhagen.
- Visit the 12th century city of Schwerin. Travel time to and from Schwerin is about 90 minutes each way and allows a chance to experience the famous Autobauhn (freeway). You can tour Schwerin Castle, if it is open, and take a boat ride on the third largest lake in Germany.
- Enjoy a walking tour of Warnemünde and then a short train ride into the Hanseatic city of Rostock.
We chose a smaller group tour, “Hanseatic Treasures: Full Day Experience of Warnemünde and Rostock”, offered through SBP Tours. Our tour included a delicious German meal of our choosing and a German beer. The local tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided a good experience. We met our guide just outside the cruise ship terminal gates. It was an informative walking tour of Warnemünde and Rostock. We travelled like a local using the train and tram.
The walking tour of Warnemünde started by heading down to the beach promenade, down cobbled streets past 15th-16th century restored historic gabled houses, a visit to the fishing market and the Old Stream Boulevard. We then headed off to experience Rostock.
Top things to do in Warnemünde
- People watch as you stroll down the popular Warnemünde promenade.
- Climb to the top of the historic Lighthouse (Leuchtturm) built in 1897. View the unique architectural shape of the Teepott. The Teepott offers shops and cafes.
- Walk along the Alter Strom canal area. It is lined with quaint houses, plenty of shops, restaurants and food vendors. Many of the homes offer accommodations.
- Take in the ocean views from a wooden beach chair on the widest beach on the German Baltic sea coast.
- Step inside the Warnemünde Church. The church is built of brick in a neo-Gothic style. The building dates from 1866. It is a Lutheran church and because it is situated in a coastal area it has unique votive ships hanging inside. Find out more about the church and view more photos.
- Check out the Edvard Munch House where the famous Norwegian artist Edvard Munch stayed in Warnemünde for 18 months, from May 1907-October 1908. Find out more about his stay.
- Stop at the Warnminner Ümgang“ (2004), a bronze cast fountain. Designed by Wolfgang Friedrich, the fountain shows a traditional Warnemünde procession of the town’s mayor.
- Wander through the quaint cobblestone streets exploring the many 15th-16th century restored historic gabled houses.
- Look for Magical Hag stones outside several homes in Warnemünde and Rostock. The strings of magical rocks are hung, according to ancient myths, to protect against evil, ward off or cure disease and bring good luck. Adder stones, also called fairy rocks, are found in North Germany on the shores of Baltic and North Sea. The stones have several holes naturally carved by water. In Germany they are called Hühnergötter which means chicken gods. In Britain they are called hag stones, witch stones, snake eggs or serpent eggs.
- Take in the views from along the German Baltic Sea coast.
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