Also known as Rugia, Rugen… situated in the Baltic Sea off the north-eastern coast of Germany… is its largest island. It also constitutes of the principal part of Rugen District that includes several small islands inclusive of Ummanz and Hiddensee. It is connected with Stralsund city via the Rügendamm Bridge. This island is one of the most visited tourist spots in Germany due to its various beaches. With over 15 locations available for kite surfing and windsurfing, Rugen is the preferred choice of tourists who love these sports.
The most popular amongst tourist locations are Neu Mukran, Suhrendorf, Wiek, Rosengarten, and Dranske. This island is also famous for its rich deposit of amber. According to some, the Greek temple of Apollo was situated in this island during 500BC. Take a break and stroll around on this island and examine its straight tree lined avenues, mile-long beaches, cute seaside resorts and you will understand why tourists flock in herds over here. Apart from the aforementioned, you shall also love its quiet little fishing villages and its sparkling lakes.
Travel around a bit and request someone to guide you to the famous 100 year old lighthouse or if you have the courage visit the ancient megalithic graves at the dead of night. The Jasmund National Park, which is the smallest national park of Germany, is another major tourist attraction. Take a casual stroll along its pristine beaches and view the majestic snow-white chalk cliffs that rise dramatically from the midst of the sea.
Though there are a number of such cliffs, the most famous amongst them all is the Königsstuhl that rises to a height of 118 meters. The renowned painter Caspar David Friedrich of Greifswald has captured these cliffs forever in paint and canvas. Tourists can enjoy various types of water sports or just idly walk along the paths to visit the Granitz hunting lodge or to the flint fields near Mukran.
If you have the time to spare, check out the closely located Hiddensee Island that is situated at close quarters. Since there are no cars on Hiddensee, you can fill up your tired lungs with fresh natural air. A large part of this island is covered with leafy vegetation along with popular trees like elm, oak, and chestnut. Though the majority of tourists prefer to go straight for the main resort of Binz, much more remains to be explored in this island, which is also famous for its historic buildings, some of which are quite interesting.
A huge resort that was built by Hitler for his loyal troops has been refurbished in the 1990s and is now used by tourists for accommodation purposes. One can reach this island via motorcycle and car through two bridges. One of them was built just three years ago, whereas the other one was constructed in 1936. One can also visit Binz through trains that connect it with Hamburg. Domestic ferries to the mainland also halt at this island. One can also visit Rügen via ferries that depart from Denmark and Sweden.