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The seaside resort of Markgrafenheide, with the Rostock Heath coastal forest, stretches out to the east of Warnemünde. As one of the largest connected forest areas along the German Baltic coast, the area is perfect for relaxing in nature or active recreation as you go for a walk or a bike ride.
The fine, sandy beach has the ideal conditions for a relaxing day at the seaside with the whole family and an excellent view of Warnemünde.
Hardly any cities in Germany have a town forest larger than the one in Rostock. Rostock Heath measures around 6,000 hectares and extends directly along the Baltic coast, from Markgrafenheide to the Baltic Sea resort of Graal-Müritz. In 1252, the rich Hanseatic City of Rostock purchased the area from Prince Borwin III for just 450 mark pennies.
A former hunting ground and wood storage area for the construction of houses and boats, the Rostock Heath is now a unique recreation area for walking and cycling. It is a diverse and varied landscape with beech and pine forests, wet mires and sea sand.
The 87 kilometres of walking and cycling paths and 60 kilometres of riding paths are perfect for individual tours. Centuries-old trees, shaped by the wind, can be marvelled at. Alder swamps guard the meadow areas of the “Hütelmoor” conservation area. Some of the rare types of fauna are kites, sea eagles and common lizards.
With its unique flora and fauna, Rostock Heath is a marvellous place to walk along the Baltic coast. The well-built paths also provide the best conditions for cyclists to discover the unique nature of the coastal landscape by the Baltic Sea.
Popular journey destinations in Rostock Heath:
The Schnatermann restaurant (approx. 5km)
The Forst- und Köhlerhof Wiethagen, with a tar smouldering museum and a sculpture trail (approx. 8km)
Baltic Sea spa resort of Graal-Müritz (approx. 12km)
Gelbensande (Yellow Sands) Hunting Lodge, in the style of an English country home - there are many exhibitions in this former summer residence of the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg (approx. 13km)
Activities and leisure
The special coastal forest climate in Rostock Heath is ideal for staying outdoors and provides the best conditions for all activities.