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New Market (Neuer Markt) in Rostock
New Market (Neuer Markt) in Rostock
Coat of arms of Rostock
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Country Germany
State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
District Urban district
City subdivisions 21 boroughs
Lord Mayor Roland Methling (Ind.)
Basic statistics
Area 181.44 km2 (70.05 sq mi)
Elevation 13 m  (43 ft)
Population  204,260  (31 December 2011)[1]
 - Density 1,126 /km2 (2,916 /sq mi)
Founded 1218
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate HRO
Postal codes 18001 – 18147
Area code 0381
Administrative divisions of Rostock
Administrative divisions of Rostock

Rostock (German pronunciation: [ˈʁɔstɔk]) is a city in the northeast of Germany. It is in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

It has over 200,000 people (204,260 in December 2011) and an old university (founded in 1419). The town is on the river Warnow. The mayor is Roland Methling. The city today carries the name Hansestadt (Hanseatic city) in memory of its history, where it has been an important part of the Hanseatic League. The architecture of the city and the region is influenced by this historic period.

Rostock is on the Baltic Sea. It has an important harbor. A district of the city, Warnemünde, is famous for its long beaches. It has a humid continental climate (Dfb in the Koeppen climate classification).

The most important football club of Rostock is F.C. Hansa Rostock. It is in the German Bundesliga.

Other major Hanseatic cities today are: Hamburg, Lübeck, Wismar, Stralsund, Bremen, Greifswald and Demmin.


  1. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Statistical Office. "Population of the districts Ämter and Municipalities, 30.06.2006" (in German).