With its lively promenade and sandy beaches, Warnemünde is one of Germany’s most popular seaside resorts. But for cruise visitors the northern port town is best known for its proximity to Berlin, just two hours away, and other nearby attractions.
Day tour destinations from Warnemünde include Rostock (7.5 miles/12 kilometers south), Potsdam (146 miles/235 kilometers south), and Berlin (150 miles/240 kilometers southeast). Full-day shore excursions run to Berlin, where you can take in the many attractions of the German capital, including the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Holocaust Memorial, and the remains of the Berlin Wall; or Potsdam, the former home of the Prussian kings and one of Germany’s most celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Shore excursions typically include port pickup and drop-off.
- Small-group and private tours are often covered by a worry-free policy, offering guaranteed on-time return to your cruise ship.
How to Get to Berlin from Warnemünde Port
Ships dock at both Warnemünde on the Baltic Sea coast and Rostock, just up the river, and most ships run free shuttles between the two ports and Warnemunde town center. In Warnemünde, the docks are located right next to the train station, and it’s an easy 10- to 15-minute walk into town. To travel to Berlin or Potsdam on a day trip, the only feasible option is to prebook a shore excursion by chartered train or bus, as public transportation links can take several hours.
Warnemünde is one of Germany’s most popular seaports, visited by cruise liners operated by Princess, MSC, AIDA, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Costa, among others. Locals speak German, although English is widely understood. The currency is the euro, available from banks and ATMs in the town center.