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The Island of Rügen

Much is being written about Rügen, much has been written in the past, and much will be written in the future...

Here you will find more than beach and sea, you will find a fairy tale island.

Come discover the island yourself! You will grow to love it too!

The splendid landscape is extraordinarily varied, portraying a littoral of 570 km outlining a filigree of ponds, of water more or less salty, and of bays, raising here and there into cliffs of chalk, punctuated by small romantic ports and surrounded by 18 islands. On the inside of the land, by the lakes, there are the fishermen huts with the straw roofs, churches built out of red bricks, green avenues of roads bordered by trees, dark forests, yellow fields of colza, reds of poppies, or depending of the season, covered with blue cornflowers. There are two national parks and the biosphere reserve in the southeast of Rügen. Where Baabe starts, marks the entry of the "Mönchgut".

As varied as its landscapes, is Rügen’s history. In a remote past, the island belonged to Denmark, then to Sweden and finally to Prussia. At the beginning of our era, it was colonized by German and Slavic tribes. At the 13th century, the evangelization advanced, especially in the “Mönchgut”. It is since the beginning of the 19th century that tourism developed towards the seaside resorts, on the entire littoral of the Baltic, as well as on Rügen.

 

The trips

Cliffs of chalk and Wissow

Kreidefelsen Kreidefelsen
Kreidefelsen

... von unten und von oben gesehen.

Who doesn’t know this painting of Caspar David Friedrich (September 5th 1774 - May 7th 1840)? Here’s a look at the cliffs from back then...

... und so sehen sie heute aus.

Die Kreidefelsen vom Meer aus gesehen

Wussower Klinken Königsstuhl Kap Arkona

Wissower Klinken

Königsstuhl

Kap Arkona (am Horizont)

 

Stone collections from the fields and the beach

Steine

Close to the town of Mukran, on a surface of 40 hectares, you can find and collect stones with interesting shapes. Those stones have been given various poetic names such as “Stone of Fire”, illustrating the properties that were given to them in the past... It is said that a large storm 3500 years ago had forgotten them at this place...

Bernstein

Bernstein. After the winter storms of the northeast and with a little luck you will find yellow amber on the beach. It was resin of pine trees millions of years ago.

 

In Sellin, there is a museum of amber which is worth seeing.

 

A few castles

At the time of GDR (German Democratic Republic), the owners were expropriated. After the German reunification, some of them could regain and restore their property.

Circus
Der Circus

Another example of architecture on Rügen is the white city of Putbus with its round place (Circus) built during the 19th century by the count Wilhelm Malta zu Putbus. Around his castle, he built his residential city in classical style. The houses laid out in the circle where his guesthouses. Nowadays, the theatre, built in the style of Schinkel like the "Schauspielhaus" of Berlin, has again picked up its activity.

Jagdschloß Granitz

The castle of Granitz. From this hunting castle, there is a panoramic sight on the region around Granitz and other parts of the island. The count Wilhelm Malta began construction in 1836, in a romantic neo-gothic style. The tower was designed by Schinkel.

The hunting castle of Granitz

Schloß Ralswiek

Schloß Ralswiek...

Störtebeker Festspiele Störtebeker Festspiele

und die
Störtebeker-Festspiele

 

Der „Rasende Roland”

Rasender Roland

Here it is not Ariosto’s  "Orlando furioso" that is meant, but the narrow-track railroad which allows transport of tourists since July 1895. It is one of the touristical attractions on the island and is in service between Lauterbach and Göhren. Some stations were metamorphosed into restaurants.

The "Rasende Roland" (Speedy Roland)

Fischerei, Angeln, Segeln, Sport...

Fischer

Küstenfischer

Segler

Segler in Lauterbach

Angler

Angeln vom Rügendamm

Hafen Saßnitz

The port of Sassnitz is the largest one on the island. Fishing and fish processing industry plays a major role in Sassnitz. But some fishing boats nowadays rather try to catch tourists to offer them an unforgettable trip on the sea...

 

 

Other places of interests:

The town of Stralsund, a jewel among the cities of Hanse, accommodates the
Deutsches Meeresmuseum, the largest museum of natural history and sea exploration of northern Germany. Oceanography, the influence of humans on the Baltic and other seas as well as the history of fishery at the time of the GDR are the emphasis of a permanent exhibition. Numerous aquariums with domestic and tropical sea animals fascinate every viewer whether young or old.

 

Radfahren, wandern, bewundern, genießen...

Landschaften, Fauna, Flora, alles ist zum Bewundern...

Radweg

Einer der zahlreichen Radwanderwege auf Rügen. Im Vordergrund ein Sanddornbusch.

Rapsfelder

Rapsfelder im Frühling.

Kornblumen

Kornblumen...

Mohnblumen

und so viele...

Mohnblumen

... so schöne...

Mohnblumen

...Mohnblumen.

Baabe Bodden eine Allee