Rostock town hall

The town hall presents itself to all residents and guests of Rostock as an architecturally striking, historical place in the middle of the city. Keywords: new market, 7 towers, brick Gothic. Important functions of public life are also present here: offices and services, emergency numbers and authorities, administration – practically every service from current affairs to second homes. The town hall is also the seat of city politics and citizenship. International policy is also coordinated from the mayor’s office.

Town hall of Rostock

Contacts city hall

Find out what rights and obligations arise from your living situation and which administration services you can go to for these.

Aerial panorama of Rostock


There are numerous consulates in the city. Here, you can find out about the advice and assistance available for many issues to do with your stay or travel arrangements.


Further Information

Online town hall services

Street signs Breite Straße Rostock

Digital trips to the office

Here you’ll find all the information on administrative services, online services and forms, as well your contact partner. For your digital walk to the town hall. Use the document service or the online appointment allocation service for your visit.

Facts & information about Rostock

Rostock is an independent city in the North of Germany, by the Baltic Sea. It is located within the Mecklenburg part of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Rostock is a regiopolis and has around 205,000 inhabitants, making it the largest city in the region in terms of population. The city stretches for 20km along the Warnow River up to the Baltic Sea. The most developed part of Rostock lies on the western side of the Warnow. The eastern part of the city is distinguished by its international port, commercial sites and the Rostock Heath forest.

The city has a Baltic Sea port which is important for ferry traffic and cargo handling, and Warnemünde boasts Germany’s largest cruise ship harbour. Rostock-Laage Airport feeds the cruise ships with passengers and is important for holiday and business flights. Rostock is the most culturally and economically important city in the region. It is shaped by its position by the sea, a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene and the University of Rostock, which was founded in 1419 and is therefore the oldest university in the Baltic Sea region.

Rostock’s economy is dominated by cutting edge technologies such as biotechnology and air/space travel technologies as well as shipbuilding and navigation, mechanical engineering, tourism, the service industry and the university, together with the ‘Universitätsmedizin’ hospital and medical research centre, which is Rostock’s largest employer. Innovative start-up businesses and the founding culture of Rostock are the key to the region’s future sustainability.

Aerial view of the Hanseatic City of Rostock
  • Federal state: Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
  • Height: 14m above sea level
  • Surface area: 181.28km²
  • Inhabitants: 209,191 (31st December 2019)
  • Population density: 1126 inhabitants per km²
  • Postcodes: 18001–18182
  • Dialling codes: 0381, 038202, 038206
  • Vehicle registration: HRO
  • Municipality key: 13 0 03 000
  • City structure: 21 city areas
  • City administration address: Neuer Markt 1, 18050 Rostock
  • Website:
  • Mayor: Claus Ruhe Madsen (independent)

Rostock is ...

Experience new views of our Hanseatic city. We encounter the largest city in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in moments where people and urban landscapes open up a little of their "soul". Explore the Hanseatic city of Rostock with the seaside resort of Warnemünde and Rostock Heath in impressive images as an outstanding holiday destination that inspires guests all year round.

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