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So a fortnight ago, I mentioned that one of my summer trips through Germany was to a city called Rostock.
In truth, I have been to Rostock many times, but I haven’t actually been to Rostock!
Let me clarify.
Rostock is on the border of Germany to the Nordic Region of Sweden and Denmark, if you want to go by sea.
And I did.
I had always passed through Rostock while on my way to Sweden and Denmark, but it had never interested me enough for me to actually stop there, except to buy a sandwich, a bottle of water, or to use the facilities!
In fact, Denmark is so close, that in less than two hours, you’re on the stand-alone rocky beach of Gedser Odde, a mere 10 minutes before the Island of Mön!
But don’t let me stop there!
Rostock, otherwise known as the Hanseatic and University City of Rostock / Hanse- und Universitätsstadt Rostock, is the largest city in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern!
With a population of just 208,000+ inhabitants, it is the third (3rd) largest city on the German Baltic Sea coast, the eighth (8th) largest city in former East Germany, the fourth (4th) largest port in Germany, and is home to the oldest university in the Baltic Region!
In fact, the University of Rostock, founded in 1419, is not only the third (3rd) oldest university in Germany, but it’s also the oldest university in Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea area, the fifth (5th) university established in the Holy Roman Empire, and the eighth (8th) oldest university in Central Europe!
This point is relevant.
It’s so crucial, that the city …
The city …
The full name of the city is not merely Rostock.
Oh dear me no.
But the Hanseatic and University City of Rostock / Hanse- und Universitätsstadt Rostock!
Is it any wonder that by the eleventh (11th) century, Rostock was booming?
In fact by 1251, Rostock became a member of one of the most prestigious clubs in the world – the Hanseatic League, otherwise known as Hansa!
And then it went crazy.
Rostock became the “it” place to be.
One of those places to see was the Abbey or Convent of the Holy Cross / Kloster zum Heiligen Kreuz founded in 1270.
It is the only fully preserved abbey in the city and is still in use today as the University Church /Universitätskirche as a living convent and the Museum of Cultural History /Kulturhistorische Museum which was showcasing an exhibition called “1200 bis 1850 Rostock. Die Dauerausstellung zur Stadtgeschichte” / “1200 to 1850 Rostock. The Permanent Exhibition On The City’s History.”
You know how I love museums.
It was time to visit!
And by the way.
It’s free of charge!
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