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Rügen – an Island Revealed

Around a glorious German holiday idyll
Extend your stay
Why not add on two nights in Berlin so as to discover Germany’s ‘capital of cool’ using our self-guided walking tour?
Starting point:

Your first night is spent at the 3-star Hotel am Jungfernstieg in Stralsund, or at the Hotel Scheelehof, our 4-star upgrade.

Day 1
Stralsund to Baabe (recommended option): 59km
Shorter option, starting with train ride: 26km

Unless you would prefer a shorter day (in which case you take the train for the first leg; pay locally), you cycle across the bridge to Rügen, perhaps casting an admiring glance back at Stralsund, this handsome harbour city that was second in importance only to Lübeck in the Hanseatic League. Pedal through refined and dignified Putbus – an ideal refreshment stop – as you take in quaint villages of thatched-roof cottages, flower-filled gardens, and a terrain of wetlands and lush cornfields. Continue along trails through woodland to reach Baabe near the island’s south-easternmost corner. Here, a man with a rowing boat greets you and ferries you and your bikes a final few metres to the waterfront Solthus am See – a memorable ending to your ride.

Day 2
Circular route: 35km

With two nights in Baabe, you can enjoy a fabulous day’s cycling through pine woods and along the coast: take in glimpses of long, sandy beaches between Lobbe and Thiessow; enjoy a wilder seaside stretch near Klein Zicker; then pootle leisurely alongside the beach between Göhren and Sellin. Two of many highlights are the 394-metre-long Sellin Pier – with its magnificent, Belle-Époque-style pavilion and restaurant – and the Übersee Café in pretty Göhren where you can sample a Sanddorn ice cream, flavoured with juice from the island’s ubiquitous sea buckthorn berries.

Day 3
Baabe to Lohme: 41km

There’s lots to take in during today’s ride up the island’s eastern flank. Cycle along quiet roads and woodland tracks, and call in at the impressive Jagdschloss Granitz hunting lodge, whose tallest, fabulous cylindrical stone tower offers panoramic views. Next, continue to the elegant spa resort of Binz with its ornate, 19th-century villas and beachfront restaurants. Just five kilometres beyond this, however, comes a stark and eerie contrast: the vast, reinforced-concrete holiday camp of Prora, commissioned by Hitler in the 1930s but never quite completed, so that it retains a mysterious atmosphere. Pedalling onward, look out for Steinernes Meer (a field resembling a “stony sea” of flint that is something of a geological wonder) on your way to Lohme, where you check in at the Panorama Hotel for a two-night stay. As the name suggests, you can enjoy wonderful sea views from its splendid, cliff-top location.

Day 4
Circular route: 11km
Longer option to Sassnitz: 23km

Today brings plenty more discoveries, and we recommend some walking and sightseeing as well as cycling in order to take in the Jasmund National Park. Its chief attractions are the ancient, UNESCO-listed beech forest with its inviting footpaths; and the mighty chalk cliffs immortalised in the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, the great German Romantic artist who honeymooned here in 1818. Another highlight is the superb Königsstuhl visitor centre, whose interactive tour is like taking a journey back in time; and you can poke around for Baltic amber amid the driftwood on the beach down below.
You can also extend your ride down to the harbour at Sassnitz, where the impression of being in a time warp is enhanced by the presence of HMS Otus – formerly a British Navy submarine and now a fascinating museum.

Day 5
Lohme to Poggenhof (recommended option): 41km
Longer option via Kap Arkona: 65km

Starting out through a lush, green landscape, you head towards the attractive seaside town of Glowe, from where you follow a cycle path through pine woods just behind the coast, with easy access to the beach for a paddle or a swim. You can choose to continue around the coast to Vitt, a delightful fishing village, and Kap Arkona by the island’s most northerly tip; or take a more direct route across wide-open, agricultural terrain.
Either way, you clock up the kilometres during the latter part of today’s ride, traversing wide open terrain that nonetheless offers good birdwatching opportunities, especially for spotting migrating cranes. Your destination is the simple Hotel zur alten Schmiede in sleepy Poggenhof, where an overnight stay means you are well-placed for the continuation of your journey.

Day 6
Linear route on Hiddensee: 17km (continue to Stralsund by boat)

It is but a short ride from Poggenhof to the small harbour at Schaprode, where you take the ferry across to traffic-free Hiddensee. This peaceful, quirky and seahorse-shaped island is an intriguing place to explore, and again we suggest mixing in some walking and sightseeing, including an excursion to the lighthouse on foot. Then it’s time for one more journey by boat – a triumphant return to Stralsund, where you complete the circle by admiring the city’s striking skyline during your approach. Spend your last evening wandering the atmospheric Altstadt (‘Old Town’), perhaps pausing for a local Störtebeker beer before choosing a restaurant in or around the cobbled Alter Markt for dinner.

Discover Berlin, 'Capital of cool'

Why not add on two nights in Berlin so as to discover Germany’s ‘capital of cool’ using our self-guided walking tour?

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More about your rented bike
Type: hybrid
Gears: 24
Tandem? yes (subject to availability)
Helmets? no (bring your own)
Electric bikes? yes (see price panel)
Accessories: waterproof map case on handlebars; panniers/saddlebags; pump; puncture repair kit; lock
GPX tracks available
If you would like to follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure.