Mecklenburg-Vorpommern goes international: the most popular holiday region for Germans wants to increase its international appeal and is putting forward two heavyweight tourist-destinations as host cities for the Germany Travel Mart 2020:
Rostock is a city by the sea, where the tourism experts, travel buyers, and media representatives can relish the light, salty sea breeze on its beaches. Up to 200 cruise ships moor in Rostock's seaside resort Warnemünde every year, sometimes as many as five a day. Lined with captains' houses, restaurants, and souvenir shops, Warnemünde's promenade, the Alter Strom, offers visitors a tranquil view. Small fishing boats moor here, serving up the regional specialty: all imaginable varieties of fish roll. The widest sandy beach in the country - the best place to enjoy sun, sea, and sand from the comfort of a beach chair designed in this very place - also makes Warnemünde an enticing destination. And it's only a stone's throw from Rostock city centre, where the Dane Claus Ruhe Madsen has just become the first foreign national to be elected mayor of a major German city. The city by the sea has plenty of flair, with its imposing brick churches and town houses, the oldest university in Northern Europe, and a young scene in the trendy KTV district.
In Schwerin, the second host city, the striking group of buildings around the former ducal residence - including the fairy-tale Schwerin Palace with its golden dome, the State Museum, the Mecklenburg State Theatre, and many other architectural gems crowded into a small area - is so special that it is already on a candidate for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The seven lakes that surround the state capital are always within sight, enticing you to stay a while.
Every year, visitors here are enthralled by the all-encompassing and ever-present nature, whether in the form of tens of thousands of cranes in spring and autumn, huge chalk cliffs topped with coastal forests, thousand-year-old oaks, or light-flooded World Heritage beech forests. Welcome to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern! Get ready to be surprised, because holidays are in our nature!