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Germany’s Parade of Sails

By Linda Tancs

Since the first summer following German reunification, Rostock has hosted a massive maritime festival during the second weekend of August, celebrating the freedom of its sea border with a parade of ships of every size and dimension. Known as the Hanse Sail, the event is quite appropriate for a city like this with a Hanseatic League history. Attracting over one million visitors, the event features tall ships, schooners, sloops, cruise ships, ferries, museum ships, vintage yachts and other vessels open to public inspection.  Some even offer short cruises. A family friendly festival, children’s entertainment is provided along with a fireworks display on Saturday and several stages filled with music and dance. This year’s festival opens today and runs through August 9.


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