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Rostock ( population of around 250.000 ) belongs to the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and is situated in the north of Germany at the Baltic Sea coast (about 200 km North of Berlin and 180 km East of Hamburg).  Despite severe war damage many of Rostock's historic old buildings have survived. In the inner precincts of the town the architecture of Hanseatic times blends in perfect harmony with that of later styles. Attractions in the city include the elegant burghers’ houses in Thälmann Square, the 15th-century Town Hall, the late Gothic St Mary’s Church with its 15th-century astronomical clock and Baroque organ and the district of Warnemünde with its fishing harbour and seaside resort.

The University, founded in 1419, was the first in Northern Europe.
Founding faculties were the Facultas artium (today the Faculty of Philosophy), the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Medicine. In 1432 the Faculty of Theology completed the traditional faculties.

The fact that Rostock has been closely associated with the sea since time immemorial is evidenced by the exhibitions in the Marine Museum at the Steintor Gate and the Traditionsschiff The Port of Rostock is the Baltic gateway to Germany and Europe. Its modern facilities, long quays and vast storage spaces, together with efficient connections to the mainland, make it the natural port of choice for commercial traffic to and from the Baltic basin. The Port of Rostock is known for its service, and traditionally highly skilled work force with top German standards. With an area of more than 7.5 million square meters, Rostock is the largest German Baltic Port. The vast reserves of land, modern infrastructure and accessible land transportation make the Port of Rostock the prime Seagate on the Baltic Basin for the 21st century. e