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Rostock is the largest urban center in northeastern Germany. The city stretches along both sides of the Warnow River, and the sandy beaches of the Baltic Sea are only a few kilometers away. Rostock has long been a center of academic excellence: when the University of Rostock was founded in 1419, it was the first institution of higher learning in Northern Europe.

With more than 200,000 people living in an area of 180 square kilometers, Rostock is the largest city in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, one of the 16 federal states of Germany. The city stretches 20 kilometers along the banks of the Warnow River. Its location near the Baltic coast makes Rostock one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Germany.

Rostock became a Sister City with Raleigh in 2001. For questions and inquiries about the partnership, please reach out to our Rostock Ambassador, Cody Charland 

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