Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany
Warmunde is a small but popular seaside resort town over two hours away by chartered train to Germany's capital of Berlin. It is considered a suburb of the university city of Rostock close by. Schwerin is the next largest city in the area for those not wanting to travel the longer distance to Berlin.
Where You're Docked
For Warnemunde, ships usually dock at cruise terminal piers close to the railway station. On busy days, ships may dock at the main commercial piers of Rostock at Seehafen (Seaport) on the other side of the river. Cruise schedule here http://www.rostock-port.de/en/cruise-shipping/port-calls/2014-port-calls.html Berths are prefixed LP for Rostock and P for Warnemunde. Shuttles may be provided if docked in Seehafen or you can take the S-Bahn from Rostock Seehafen Nord station or public bus #45 into Rostock.
Money & Tipping
Going to Berlin
The best way to get into Berlin is to take the ships sponsored On Your Own Tour since the tour operator charters a train to go there directly. Making your own way by train will take over 3 hours requiring a transfer at Rostock for an express train. Train schedules available here http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Fares updated Jan 2014 - There is regular train service from Warnemunde to Rostock on the Rostock S-Bahn network. The trip takes 20 minutes and trains run frequently. Fares are €1.80 for a single trip, €4.60 for a day pass, and €13.80 for a group day pass (up to five people travelling together). Tickets are valid throughout the public transport system (bus, tram, train or ferry). Reduced fares are available for children and dogs. The train station is near the cruise terminal in Warnemunde. http://www.verkehrsverbund-warnow.com/
At the main railway station, Hauptbahnhof, head to the underground tram station and take tram #5 or #6 three stops to Neuer Markt, the main city square.
A tourist boat also makes a trip between Rostock and Warnermunde taking approximately 45 minutes. Fare is €10 one way. German language website http://www.blaue-flotte.de/
In Berlin, you can get around very easy on the S-Bahn (commuter rail) or U-Bahn (city subway) networks. You can buy a zone AB Tageskarte (day pass) valid on both networks for €6.70 or pay €2.60 for a single trip. There are discount tickets for short hops (up to three stops), children, dogs and day tickets for groups (up to five people travelling together). Try to find a newer touchscreen ticket machine since they will have an English menu option. A ticket covering zone C is only needed for destinations further out such as Potsdam, Sachsenhausen, or the airport. http://www.bvg.de/
Hop on, hop off bus tours are also available including one operated by City Sightseeing.
To / From the Airport
You can take the S-Bahn from Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport (BER) to the city centre. http://www.berlin-airport.de/en/travellers/to-and-from/parking/index.php
6 Hours in Berlin
If you take the On Your Own Tour, the train disembarks at Ostbahnhof (East Train Station) and a bus is provided to Gendarmenmarkt in front of the Hilton. If you decide to stay at Ostbahnhof, the East Side Gallery with murals painted on a long section of the Berlin wall is nearby. Confirm your meeting location and time with your tour guide before leaving. If starting at Gendarmenmarkt, take a quick peek at the twin cathedrals in the square. Head west one block over to Friedrichstrasse and then south for a couple more blocks to see Checkpoint Charlie. There is a small private museum here if you are interested in the history of the wall. Alternatively, you can hop on the U-Bahn for a couple of stops to save some walking. In the area, look for the old route of the Berlin Wall marked by bricks and plaques in the ground. Head west along Zimmerstrasse where there is a small section of the wall passing the Topography of Terrors which was the site of Gestapo headquarters (new museum opened in 2010, free entry). Your next stop is Potsdamer Platz with modern skyscrapers (one with an observation deck) and a large atrium in Sony Plaza frequently hosting movie premieres. From Potsdamer Platz, continue north until you encounter the Holocaust Memorial. Be sure to visit the accompanying underground museum (entrance on eastern side, free entry). In the residential car park directly southeast of the memorial is the site of Hitler's Bunker. There may be an informational sign here but nothing else is really visible. A block north of the Holocaust Memorial is Pariser Platz and the Brandenburg Gate. Peek into the DZ Bank building on the southern side beside the US embassy to take a look at the Frank Gehry designed fish atrium. The Adlon Hotel next door is where the rich and famous stay and also where Michael Jackson dangled his baby. Continue north one block and you will be at the impressive Reichstag. The lineup here is to head up to the observation deck and climb the glass dome (free). You will need to go through a security check and wait for the elevator going up. From the Reichstag, head back to the Brandenburg gate and walk east along Unter Den Linden passing many historic buildings and museums. Stop at Bebelplatz to see the book burning memorial symbolized by empty bookcases underneath the plaza. Continue east to visit the museums on Museum Island. The Pergamon Museum houses the Pergamon Altar and Ishtar Gate while the Nefertiti bust can be seen in the Egyptian Museum. A museum pass is available to save some money if you plan on visiting a lot of museums. Continue on to Alexanderplatz where you can head up the TV tower if it is a clear day. From Alexanderplatz, you take the U-Bahn back to the meeting point.
If you have a lot of extra time, head to the western part of Berlin to see the Ku'damm area and Kaiser Wilhelm Church.
Warnemunde is a seaside resort with not a lot of sights except for a lighthouse and the teapot building which can be found on the promenade.
Rostock's Marienkirche has an astronomical clock and Kropeliner Strasse is the main pedestrian mall. You can climb the tower at Petrikirche for a view of the city.
Shopping & Restaurants
In Warnemunde, the promenade has many restaurants and shops.
Galeria Kaufhof, a large department store, can be found in Alexander Platz. KaDeWe department store is located on the western end of the city in Ku'damm, a famous shopping street akin to New York's Fifth Avenue. There is an impressive food hall on the sixth floor of KaDeWe.
Turkish style kebabs are a cheap and popular street food.
Germans love their sausages. Try a currywurst which is a sliced pork sausage smothered in ketchup and topped with curry powder or a rostbratwurst typically served with spicy German mustard in an undersized bun. For the more adventurous, there is weissewurst which literal means white sausage. Though you will see wurst stands in Alexander Platz, Ku'damm and at railway stations, the recommended places in Berlin are
In JFK's immortal phrase "Ich Bin Ein Berliner", Berliner translates locally to a jelly donut sold at any bakery. You should be able to find one inside large train stations.
For a unique flavored beer, try a Berliner Weisse.
The main post office (Postamt Warnemnde) is located in the Warnemnde town center on Kirchenplatz. In Berlin, there is a post office at Friedrichstrasse 69, a block west of Gendarmenmarkt and another inside Ludwig bookstore at Friedrichstrasse S-Bahn station. Tobacco shops may also sell stamps.
Cafes, restaurants and McDonalds may have free WiFi
Maps (right-click to save)
PDF maps of Warnemunde and Rostock here http://www.rsag-online.com/guests_visitors/downloads
Berlin Train Map
Rostock S-Bahn Map
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