All event highlights in Rostock and Warnemunde 2014.
Lighthouse ablaze (Leuchtturm in Flammen)
The New Year in Warnemunde kicks off with a spectacular New Year’s surprise. “Lighthouse ablaze” is the name of this romantic show of lights, lasers, fireworks and live performances that attracts thousands of people to the seaside resort every year on the Lighthouse Warnemunde.
Date: 1th January
Warnemunde Winter Fun (Warnemünder Wintervergnügen)
To sit in a beach basket with a view of the Baltic Sea and having some hot mulled wine: The 5th „Warnemunde Winter Fun“ will once again prove that a Baltic Sea holiday is also attractive at winter temperatures. On the beach and around the lighthouse, this promising adventure weekend features the Carnival of the Ice-Swimmers, horse races, a campfire and a spectacular kite-event. In the evenings we celebrate ‘Winter-Rock’ around the lighthouse.
Date: 31th January to 2th February
Easter bonfire with a view of the sea
Every year on Easter Saturday, tourists and holidaymakers climb the lighthouse to enjoy the panoramic view from above. The traditional highlight in the evening is the Easter bonfire right on the beach. At the seaside resort Warnemunde, winter is expelled with atmospheric music and information about local Easter traditions. Children are welcome to join a torchlight walk through Rostock’s seaside resort.
Date: 16th to 23th April
11th Long Night of Science (Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften)
How will emerge art from wind and light? Will Schneepunzel and Rawittchen learn justice through the alchemy? And actually how sounds our beautiful Hanseatic city? This and much more is to learn during the Long Night of Science. Apart lectures, presentations and shows the participating organisations and institutions can be experienced in a colorful night of magic and science.
Date: 24th April
„River awakening” kicks off the summer season in Warnemunde (Stromerwachen)
The summer season at the seaside resort Warnemunde starts with the “20th River awakening” (Stromerwachen). An extensive line of market stalls and culinary delights along the Alter Strom and around the lighthouse invite visitors to take a stroll. The program includes music and entertainment, the swivelling of the historic railway bridge and the traditional first draught of bock beer.
Date: 1th to 4th May
Beach Polo Cup Warnemunde
The beach of Warnemunde is once again the setting for an international Beach Polo tournament. Visitors can experience the exciting sport free of charge while around the Beach Polo arena there will be a program for the entire family. The stables are open for visitors during the tournament and all games will be professionally presented by experts. An exclusively located VIP Lounge allows guest to experience a luxury sporting day right at the beach.
Date: 9th to 11th May
16th Classic night in the zoo
Once a year, Rostock Zoo forms the unusual backdrop for a classical concert beneath starlit skies. After the concert of the North German Philharmonic Orchestra Rostock starts the moonlight expedition through the largest zoo on the Baltic Sea coast.
Date: 13th June
Active Beach Warnemunde
After the successful start in 2012 awaits you again sport and fun at the Warnemunde beach. The games and sports beach – the Active Beach Warnemunde – invites young and old of to an active rest with beach soccer, beach volleyball and other sports. You can use eight playing fields with varied sports program, first-class equipment and a qualified training team on 7,500 m² directly on the Baltic Sea.
Date: 28th June to 14th September
796th birthday of the Hanseatic City of Rostock
Every year the Hanseatic City of Rostock celebrates its anniversary of the city law confirmation. In the year 2014 it is exactly 796. years. During a historical guided tour, organised by the Rostock City Guide Club, visitors learn interesting facts and entertaining to the past, present, and future of the Hanseatic City of Rostock. The highlight of each year are seven cannons in honor of the city.
Date: 24th June
Warnemunde Week (Warnemünder Woche)
The 77th Warnemunde week promises top-class sailing in one of the world‘s most beautiful sailing areas. Every year, more than 2,000 regular sailors and surfers compete for world rankings in all Olympic boat classes just off the coast of Warnemunde and 200 aquatic athletes vie for the Laser European Cup. An attractive “shore leave“ is guaranteed by the traditional “Waschzuberspektakel” (a wash tub race), a dragon boat race, shanty singing at the lighthouse, Warnemunde’s garbs meeting, days of Beach Handball and the colorful Warnemunde summer festival on the lighthouse square, the promenade and the Alter Strom ensure the event. Every year, the “Niege Ümgang”- a traditional procession through the historical center is the opening.
Date: 5th to 13th July
24th Hanse Sail Rostock
Barques, brigs and schooners create a magical romantic atmosphere at Rostock’s quaysides during one of the greatest maritime festivals in the world. For four days in August, Warnemunde and the Rostock City Harbour will host impressive windjammers, traditional sailing ships and museum ships. Hanse Sail Rostock is the name of this fantastic rendezvous of majestic ships attracting more than one million guests from home and abroad. Among the highlights of the Hanse Sail Rostock are the regattas of the traditional ships, firework displays, music and colourful markets.
Date: 7th to 10th August
Season finale in Warnemunde with “The River Festival”
The “River Festival” is a cheerful farewell bid to Warnemunde‘s summer season. While 200 deep sea fishermen search for the longest cod to crown the one and only Cod King, visitors to Warnemunde can experience the bustling market life at the Alter Strom, the evening boat parade and a firework display.
Date: 4th to 7th September
Long night of the museums in Rostock
Visitors will have more time for Rostock’s treasures during the long night of the museums. Once a year, Rostock’s exhibition halls open their doors until well after midnight. More than 15 museums and institutions offer interesting insights into the history of Rostock and exciting programs. The ticket is also valid for the bus and boat shuttle.
Date: 25th October
Art meets cuisine
Experience a close up of theater in the culinary ambience of various restaurants in Rostock. While you eat and enjoy, groups of artists (2 to 3 people) of the Volkstheater Rostock present different short programs of 5 to 8 minutes. Following that, artists move on to the next restaurant and you can look forward to another performance.
Date: 22th November
The largest Christmas fair in the North
Rostock’s historic city centre shines in a blaze of lights. The largest Christmas market in the north of Germany invites visitors for a stroll from Neuer Markt to Kröpeliner Tor and down to the city harbour. Whether it’s a culinary experience with hot mulled wine, Christmas biscuits and Rostock smoked sausages, or whether it’s devotional amusements or a funny Christmas program for kids. Waiting for visitors are presents for under the tree, but also roundabouts, a huge Ferris wheel plus live music.
Date: 27th November to 22th December
Source: Tourismuszentrale Rostock & Warnemünde. Update: August 2013