Rostock is a city in the northeast of Germany. It is in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
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.
Rostock is on the
Baltic Sea. It has an important harbor. A district of the city, Warnemünde, is famous for its long beaches.
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.
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.
↑ Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Statistical Office. "Population of the districts (in German) Ämter and Municipalities, 30.06.2006" . . http://www.statistik-mv.de/berichte/a__/a-i__/a123__/2006/daten/a123-2006-21.pdf