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Die Regiopole Region of Rostock comprises the Hanseatic and University city and district of Rostock, in addition to the towns of Güstrow, Bad Doberan and Teterow. It also interconnects with many other towns on its borders such as Ribnitz-Damgarten, which is also part of the Regiopole Region of Rostock even if not part of its official district.
The Hanseatic and University City of Rostock at the Baltic Sea with its harbour and university combine both what would be desired from city life with the small town feel it emanates, with its cultural landscapes comprising of numerous lakes and rivers and other splendid nature - all factors that make the region such an attractive area to live in for its approximately 500,00 inhabitants.
Rostock-Warnemünde is recognised internationally for being a significant harbour for international cruise ships and - as the waterway to Berlin or "Badewanne Berlins" - a highly significant tourism destination in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Tourism is the industry that has long had a crucial impact on shaping the entire length of Mecklenburg's Baltic Sea coastline, as testified by grand coastal resorts, such as those at Heiligendamm and Kühlungsborn.
With river systems such as the Warnow, Recknitz and an abundance of lakes, even the region's "hinterland" areas are characterised by water. Whether ancient cultural or unspoilt landscapes, attractive towns or picturesque villages, the region is drawing increasing numbers of tourists as well as those who wish to see out their twilight years in a region of such natural beauty.
Rostock itself has over 205,000 inhabitants and is by far the largest city in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Owing to its location at the coast and good links into the hinterland via two highways (the A19 and A20), the airport at Rostock-Laage, and its extensive rail network, the harbour city of Rostock has developed into a logistic hub for areas such as Scandinavia and the Baltic States in addition to Berlin through to Southern Europe; the economic, cultural, and political relationships in the other Baltic Member States - often supported by European Union projects - are growing in significance here, and all profit greatly as a result. The traditions of the old Hanseatic areas are truly living and breathing in a modern and prevalent manner.
The proximate metropolitan cities of Berlin, Hamburg, and Copenhagen are all roughly 200 km away -enough distance to allow and support a distinct form of regional development and identity whilst close enough to ensure and profit from close networks, relationships, and exchanges.