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Making the Most of Warnemünde/Berlin, Germany

Making the Most of Warnemünde/Berlin, Germany


GETTING THERE

There is only one pier in Warnemünde where all cruise ships dock. The terminal building, called Warnemünde Cruise Center, greets cruisers as they disembark. Standard EU practices are applied, meaning that you don’t need a visa or even a passport to enter the country. Everything of interest in Warnemünde is within walking distance of the cruise port, making it easy to venture out on foot. While the local currency is the Euro, many restaurants and shops in Warnemünde and even Rostock accept US Dollars. Credit cards are also a common mode of payment. The tourism office is located centrally to the town at Am Strom 59 and open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Mondays. The Disney Magic will be in port on a Monday. All ashore time is 7:00 am; all aboard is at 8:15 pm.

GETTING AROUND

It is easy to explore Warnemünde on foot. If you want to venture out further, public transportation is available and fairly simple to navigate. The train station is literally steps away from the cruise terminal. A one-way trip to the Rostock city center takes about 20 minutes and will set you back 1.90 (about $2.50) per adult (1.40/1.80 children ages 6-15, children under 6, no charge). You can also get a one-day ticket for 4.70 ($6.10) or buy the RostockCARD for 12 ($15.60), which includes a one-day ticket for public transportation as well as perks like free guided tours in Rostock and Warnemünde. Check out http://www.rostock.de/en/rostockcard for details. You can buy either ticket at a ticket machine located inside the train station. A train ride to Berlin takes about three hours but for peace of mind, we recommend an organized excursion instead, so as not to risk missing the ship at the end of the day. There is also a taxi stand as well as a Hertz car rental location right at the cruise pier. Note that we strongly advise against driving to Berlin. While the drive there may be fairly straightforward, navigating a car in this sprawling and crowded city is a hassle, to say the least.

SAFETY

Warnemünde is as safe as cruise ports get, although watching your belongings is always a good idea. While Germany as a whole has very low crime rates by international standards, Berlin has all the typical problems of densely populated major cities. Keep an eye out for pickpockets, especially in crowded, touristy places. Also, Berlin central train station gets its fair share of drug-dependents who might approach you or simply make you feel uncomfortable. Since you will only be in Berlin during the day, you don’t have to worry about encountering more serious crimes, though.

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