Rostock, Germany

From Rostock, pin showing Meck-Pom flag and coat of arms

From Rostock, pin showing Meck-Pom flag and coat of arms

This pin I got in Rostock, Germany on May 21, 2015. The port at which the Queen Elizabeth berthed was Warnemünde. This pin has detail from the flag and coat of arms of Mecklenburg state in Germany.

The state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania holds the honor of being the first state part of the country formerly known as the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Needless to say, the GDR was quite undemocratic for a democratic republic. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania – I will hereby refer to it the German way by calling it Meck-Pomm – has one of the coolest state coat of arms; Harry Potter fans will appreciate this one specially. The coat of arms is divided into four parts: two parts make up the bull’s head of Mecklenburg on a field of yellow, and one part each is composed of the griffin of Pomerania and the eagle of Brandenburg to which the state has historical affiliations on fields of white. Very cool.

Meck-Pomm stretches from the Baltic Sea in the north to the forest and lake region in the south and contains diverse nature. With a population of just under 1.6 million,

Meck-Pom map and coat of arms

Meck-Pom map and coat of arms

Meck-Pomm is definitely one of Germany’s more sparsely populated states. The state capital is Schwerin and the largest city is Rostock, which was a major port in the GDR and remains quite important today as well. The state also has islands along the Baltic coast in its domain which enhance nature tourism. The state of Meck-Pomm was largely split up administratively during the GDR but was reconstituted just before German reunification in 1990.

Mecklenburgische Ostseeküste or the Mecklenburg Baltic Sea Coast includes the city of Rostock which is an important port in Germany and the point of departure for many cruise ships covering the Baltic Sea and the North Sea routes specially. Rostock is also famous for its university which is one of the oldest in the world and for being a Hanseatic City. Naturally, being on an important trade route on the Baltic Sea, gave Rostock an easy entry into the Hanseatic League.

Location: 15-F2

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