Rügen is located in the Baltic Sea off the Pomeranian coast. Known for its white chalk cliffs in Jasmund National Park, majestic blue waters and beautiful sandy beaches it is the perfect place to unwind and relax.
We chose Rügen as the destination for our family reunion in 2017 and spent the most amazing week there. We rented the beautiful Brombeerhaus on an acreage in a village (literally less then ten houses) called Üselitz.
This was the perfect home base for our daily adventures around the island. It was nice to have our own private space to come home to every night. There was no worry about being too loud and disturbing other guests and we had a large outside space to ourselves as well which worked out well to have BBQ’s and friendly soccer matches.
My family are food enthusiasts so very quickly after arriving a nearby dairy farm was scoped out. We had delicious fresh milk and cheese every morning for breakfast which was a delight!
We did not plan it, but we were lucky enough to be in Sassnitz for the annual Harbour Days which happens early in July. This brings a large choice of food trucks with fresh caught fish eats and beer stands as well has small carnival rides and games.
Sassnitz is the gateway to Jasmund National Park and in the harbour you will find boat tours that will take you along the coastline to see the chalk cliffs. This was a highlight for all in our group, young and old.
A personal highlight for me was walking to Cape Arkona and to the village of Vitt, which can only be accessed by foot, bike or boat. My grandparents spent a lot of their holidays on Rugen when my Opa was alive and this village was one of their favorite places to come. We ate at a restaurant that they would frequent on their visits which was a bit emotional for us, but I was very happy to get to be there with my Oma.
We parked the car at Putgarten and walked to the lighthouse at Cape Arkona, then along the edge of the cliffs and down to Vitt, after lunch we walked through the fields back to Putgarten. The entire walk without stops takes about an hour, but you will want to give yourself extra time to go up into the lighthouse and explore Vitt.
We did the Baumwipfelpfad near Prora one day. It had a nice view from the top but otherwise I found the most exciting thing about it was trying to say Baumwipfelpfad. However there was a couple obstacles on the walkway to entertain younger travellers and it was level and a gentle incline to make it an easy stroll for older travellers. The observation tower is 40 meters high and 82 meters from sea level. The entire path through the trees is 650 meters.
No trip to Rügen would be complete without doing a bike tour and taking advantage of the many cycling paths it has to offer. We rented bikes in Garz and did a 20km loop through Puddemin to Poseritz and then back to Garz. It is a little over an hour to do the loop, but of course we stopped for lunch and beer (I tried the local Störtbeker) in Poseritz so it took us the afternoon. You can find the route we took here.
In conclusion, I highly recommend a visit to Rügen if you are looking for a quiet, peaceful place to unplug from the world and relax. I did not find any public wifi with a decent signal the entire week. It was perfect for family bonding time and a welcome break from social media.
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