Rostock became Raleigh’s Sister City in June, 2001. This partnership has featured exchanges between scientific
groups associated with the universities in each city and with youth at the high school level. The
University of Rostock
is the oldest university in continental northern Europe, founded in 1419.
Rostock is the gateway to northern Europe on the banks of the river Warnow, two hours by car north of Berlin. It
has a substantial commercial ship building industry and a history of port life, as part of the Hanseatic City
Ring on the Baltic Sea. The harbor invites visitors to linger and it connects Rostock to Scandinavia and the
eastern countries bordering the Baltic. The city is home to the annual
Hanse Sail festival
, during which many large sailing ships and museum vessels are brought out to sea, drawing over 1.5 million visitors each year.