Rugen, Germany

Rügen is Germany's largest island located in the Baltic Sea, off the coast of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. It is well known for its shining white chalk cliffs, kilometers of long fine sandy beaches, calm expanses of beech woods and the beauty of Cape Arkona.

The island has some crowded tourist resorts along the eastern coast as well as quieter locations in the west. The island's largest town, and also the district seat, is Bergen which lies roughly in the centre of Rügen. A highlight is the Jasmund National Park.

Things to See & Do

* Rasender Roland - narrow gauge railway
* Jasmund National Park
* Cycling tours
* Granitz woods
* Chalk cliffs Königsstuhl

General information

Cruise Season - Feb - Dec
Currency - Euro (€) (EUR
Language - German
Land Area - 935 km's
Population - 80,000
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code + 49

Port Location - The main embarkation point is the port at Sassnitz.

Transport Links - Rügen is mainly accessible by a bridge, the Rügendamm, which connects the island by road and rail with the city of Stralsund on the mainland. There are also ferry connections from Stralsund, Greifswald and Wolgast. Boat trips to Denmark (Copenhagen, Isle of Bornholm), Sweden (Trelleborg) and Poland (Swinemuende) are also popular with visitors to Ruegen.

There are cycle and footpaths all over Ruegen. You can also visit the resorts on the nareby Isel of Usedom across the water along the sea bridges.