Every year on the second weekend in August since 1991 spectacular maritime-folk summer festival takes place in Rostock city harbour called Hanse Sail, which is one of the largest maritime festivals in Baltic. Every year Rostock welcomes hundreds of traditional sailing ships from different nations together with more than 1 million Hanse Sail visitors coming worldwide to enjoy the event. The festival offers an eclectic mix of entertainment and cultural attractions.
In this time it is the biggest party in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with plenty of entertainment from rock music to classical music, with international culture at its best, with commotion, fair and fireworks and disco fun. The festival program satisfies different tastes starting with experienced seamen who can listen the interviews with ship captains and educational talks about shipping until daily visitors enjoying musical performances from all kinds of genres.
However, despite everything ships remain the centre of the festival. Everywhere you look there are tall ships, museum ships and vintage boats.
Besides watching ships, it is also possible to sail on them or enter them while they are anchored. No matter, big or small, young or old in the Hanse Sail festival there is something for everybody. You are welcome to celebrate with us!