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“Racing Roland”, narrow gauge railway in Goehren

Beauty for the eye: rape field near Wiek

Beautiful Pier Sellin at sunset

Holiday Apartments are quite famous amongst Germans

The National Park Jasmund is a famous tourist destination on the Island

Children at the breach in Rügen

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Island of Ruegen—Germany’s largest island

 

Rügen is Germany's largest island (976 square kilometers). Actually, it is a group of 30 small islands and peninsulas in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Most people associate Rügen with the dramatic chalk cliffs, forming the northern crest of the island.

 

Rügen is a remarkably diverse island of exclusive seaside resorts, quiet little fishing villages, mile-long beaches, dead straight tree-lined avenues, wild sea buckthorn hedges, ancient megalithic graves, 100-year-old lighthouses, eerie beech woods and sparkling lakes. Jasmund National Park is Germany's smallest national park. The Königsstuhl is the highest point of the island, located in Jasmund National Park. The great Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, born in Greifswald, brought fame to the majestic cliffs of snow-white chalk which rise so dramatically out of the blue-green sea. The Koenigsstuhl at 118 meters tall is the most famous of the cliffs.

 

Klaus Stoertebeker was a famous pirate, who became famous for stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. To this day, he is considered a hero. The locals celebrate him with an annual festival at Ralswiek Open Air Theatre.

The Baltic coast is famous for its excellent cuisine, mainly containing fresh fish and seafood. Locally caught pikeperch, garfish and herring are local specialties and traditionally served in local taverns and gourmet restaurants.

 

Tourists love the variety of Rügen: enjoy water sports, walk or cycle along the paths to the flint fields near Mukran, visit the Granitz Hunting Lodge and look around Putbus, a former princely seat. The Racing Roland steam train puffs its way around the island from Lauterbach to Göhren via Putbus and Binz. It is a wonderfully nostalgic way to get around Rügen's main sights and seaside resorts.The Racing Roland Historical Railway is a must for everyone interested in the railway and its history. Many of its carriages and engines have been in operation for over a hundred years.

 

Hiddensee is a small, car-free island (19 square kilometers) just off Rügen. The island is shaped like a sea horse nestling against the larger island. It is a creation of the Ice Age and the ocean currents. Its beaches are snowy-white and sandy—resembling the beaches in the Caribbean.