It is one of the summer’s most popular maritime cultural festivals: the Hanseatic city of Rostock awaits the arrival of more than a million visitors for the annual Hanse Sail event which is traditionally held on the second weekend in August. This year, the 21st international tall ships gathering is taking place from August 11 to 14. Visitors can go on board numerous traditional tall ships and museum ships, docked between the city harbour and the mouth of the River Warnow, and take a sailing trip on the Batlic Sea. Once again the Hanseatic city of Rostock is underscoring its reputation as the world’s biggest gathering of traditional ships with 250 sailing ships and steamers.
Special attractions include the viewing of the “Bounty”. The replica of the legendary 18th century three-master, made famous by the mutiny of its crew, will be coming from the USA to Rostock for the very first time. On land, Hanse Sail is offering a varied programme of events with exhibitions, conferences and stage shows. And at the international market, Norway will be a key focus as the 2011 partner country.
Rostock’s Hanse Sail attracts many tourists who are spending their holidays on Germany’s Baltic Coast. The coastal region, with more than seven million visitors each year, is one of the popular travel destinations in Germany. Along the 1,900 kilometres of coast there are almost 30 seaside resorts, such as Heiligendamm which was founded in 1793, and the three Kaiser Resorts of Ahlbeck, Bansin and Heringsdorf, which are all well-known for their bathing culture. Further places of interest include the old towns of the two Hanseatic cities Wismar and Stralsund, both of which are UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. And for visitors who would prefer a trip inland, there are more than 2,000 picturesque lakes in the Mecklenburg Lake District and the inviting landscape of three national parks in the region to enjoy.
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