Rügen in Germany offers a paradise-like setting on the Baltic Sea with spectacular scenery, beech and white chalk cliffs.
Binz, Sellin and Göhren attract many visitors with their incredibly fine sandy beaches and charming seaside resort architecture, offering scenery unlike any you would expect to find in northern Germany.
Rugen is an island off the mainland of Germany and the Pomeranian coast.
Several great spa hotels here have really good service, making this an enjoyable and relaxing holiday island.
It’s not surprising that Rugen has become one of the biggest tourist magnets in Germany.
Historic and exciting sights
Rugen has lots to see, but among the most famous and popular attractions are the following:
Nature Reserve Granitz and Hunting Lodge “Die Jagdsloss” has a scenic beech forest with hiking trails and bike paths.
The island is very bike-friendly, so great for anyone who enjoys cycling.
Cape Arkona and Kings Chair are grand and beautiful, with white chalk cliffs.
The most mentioned and famous historical attraction is the big buildings at the beach resort Prora.
Often called the “Colossus of Prora”.
Hitler built this planned resort, and although tourists never used the eight identical buildings, it was planned to be a huge holiday resort for the German people.
Narrow gauge steam train rides
The steam locomotive, Rasender Roland, runs between the beach resorts, providing a practical solution for anyone who does not cycle or is tired of walking after a day’s sightseeing.
The train’s whistle is a familiar sound on Rugen!
Long and lovely beaches
The beaches around the island, and especially those with beach resorts, are worth seeing, and last but not least the Pier of Sellin with its cozy restaurant.
Music and festivals
Lots of exciting events on the island during the year, including the yearly Blues and Jazz festival “Blue Wave” and the Medieval “Störtebeker Festival” going on the whole summer.
Have a look at the Events Page!
Fun for the whole family at Dinosaur Land
One attraction that’s quite different to the rest is Dinosaur Land, and it’s been entertaining families since it opened on 30 April 2009.
Located in the village of Glowe, the park features life-size dinosaur display models, and there are now around 120 exhibits to see.
Also, if you’re travelling with children, a popular water park in Sellin can be fun to visit.
See their website for details of opening times and prices etc.
Be early if you want accommodation in the summer.
If you come on weekends and in June, July August, you better book early in advance.
An overview of all hotels here >>
Especially in the resorts of Binz, Babe, Sellin and Göhren, they sell out very quickly.
Moreover, the earlier you book, you often get a better price.
Many books almost a year to get their favourite beach hotel.
Ferries between Scandinavia and Rugen
The shortest and fastest route to Rugen from Scandinavia is the Stena Line ferry from Trelleborg to Sassnitz or through Denmark with ferries Helsingborg – Helsingor and then Rodby – Putgarden with Scandlines.
Cheap shopping in Bergen, Sassnitz and Putgarden
Being from Scandinavia, the cost of the trip was quickly made up for by the cheap shopping in Bergen, Sassnitz and Putgarden.