Our first stop in Rostock was St. Mary's Church, or Marienkirche. It was built in 1265. Although it might not look like much from the outside, inside it's quite unique. What do I mean by unique? Check out Mr. Bones here.
How cool is that? Obviously not a REAL skeleton, but still, look at the way he's totally chill. Just relaxing on the altar, propping his head up. Made the place feel more like the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland than an 800 year old church. Thumbs up in my book.
This is the astronomical clock that is in the church. It was built in 1472 and is the only one of its kind still working with the original clockworks.
It's been keeping the time and date correctly since it was built. This is the calendar which will be valid until 2017. Let's hope we don't get another end of the world prophecy happening because some astronomical clock in Germany has dates that only go to 2017. (Remember that Mayan 2012 nonsense?) But who knows? Maybe this little clock maker from Nuremberg knew something that we don't. Pause for dramatic effect. Duhn duhn duhn!
This is the Fountain of Joy, or as it is known locally, "The Porn Fountain." It was built to celebrate Rostock's rebirth after WWII. I don't know about you, but nothing says "Hey, we were bombed really heavily during WWII and we worked really hard to rebuild our city and now we are going to celebrate" to me more than naked people in a fountain. Maybe that is what they did to celebrate. Germans cavorting and frolicking and rolling around naked in the water. Yay! WWII is over! Let's get naked!
It was a warm day for Northern Germany and we drove over to the coast for a look at their beaches. You might be thinking "Where does Germany have great beaches?!"
Now you know.
People may not associate Northern Germany and the Baltic Sea with great beaches, but they are there. The beaches in Northern Germany have white sand and plenty of sunshine.
It seemed that every German in a 100 mile, I mean 160 kilometer radius (think metric!) was there. The breeze was light, the sand and sun were warm, Europe was out in full force. Germans are known for their love of nude sunbathing at the beach, but we didn't see any. Much to my disappointment. Not that I really want to see a naked German, I just feel that my European experience won't be complete until I see some naked sunbathing. Maybe I should have stripped down and see if any Germans would follow my lead. Come on Germans! Let's tan our tushies!
But alas, I stayed fully dressed (much to the relief of my children).
We explored the beach and old pier pilings.
Matt enjoyed our time in Rostock a lot. He stayed here for a few months 20 years ago when he bounced around former East Germany.
Look at how cute my German-American husband is. You might not think he is cute, but after 18 years together, he still makes me weak in the knees with that smile.
Coming up next - Schwerin Castle!
Would you ever feel comfortable sunbathing naked on a beach? How would feel if other people were sunbathing naked around you? Let me know in comments below! Thanks!