From working class district to trendy quarter – this is the story of Rostock’s Kröpeliner-Tor-Vorstadt district. With a population of more than 19,000 residents, the district lies west of the medieval town core and south of the Unterwarnow section of the river. It owes its name to Rostock’s historic main western city gate, Kröpeliner Tor. During the late nineteenth century, this became a centrally located residential area, especially for the working class. Today, it has become a hip quarter attracting a growing inflow of new residents.
Popularly known under its acronym “KTV,” the district offers a scenic setting among historic Brick Gothic buildings, magnificent townhouses and Belle Époque façades. Comprehensive redevelopment after Germany’s reunification has restored the district to its former splendour, and it is particularly popular among students and young academics but also among families and creative media professionals. This is unsurprising insofar as you are surrounded not just by beautiful historic buildings but also have a rich variety of culture, gastronomy and shopping venues to choose from. Just a short walk away lies the promenade along the Warnow, perfect for taking strolls along the river front. Central hub of the public transportation network in this vibrant district is Doberaner Platz, a square from which four tram lines and two bus lines depart, providing optimal service connections.
Distractions, culture and entertainment start right at your door step if you live in Kröpeliner-Tor-Vorstadt. There is, for instance, a cinema at the border with Hansaviertel, the neighbouring quarter, while plenty of restaurants, cafés and bars lie within walking distance. At the same time, its proximity to the University of Rostock makes Kröpeliner-Tor-Vorstadt the residential location of choice for young people who appreciate its special blend of residential and recreational qualities. Various supermarkets, small delicatessen and other speciality food stores are scattered across the district, as are boutique stores for home accessories, jewellery and second-hand clothes.
However, there is so much more to Kröpeliner-Tor-Vorstadt than fascinating shopping venues. At the Artquarium on Barnstorfer Weg, for instance, you will find artwork lovingly crafted by local artisans and designers. The shows here, which change regularly, are often complemented by small concerts. Intriguing for bookworms, there is also an antique book store with a large selection of various literary genres.