The written history of Rostock started in the 1161, when it was mentioned by a Danish historian. It is situated on the coast of the Baltic Sea in northeast Germany. Its university, founded in 1419, is the oldest in northern Europe. Rostock's name comes from the Slavic word 'Roztoc', meaning 'flowing apart of a river'. It was an important member of the elite trading alliance called the Hanse. Rostock's harbor at the mouth of the Warnow river plays a vital part of the economy of the city. Rostock (population: 198,259, area: 69 mi2) was my first area on my mission and my first real glimpse of Germany.
My pictures of Rostock can be found in the picture gallery.