Rügen is Germany’s biggest island, geographically. We rented a car and went to explore it. As you can see, the round trip was approximately 700 km, just like when I go to Prague:
We started on the sand dunes of the eastern tip of Göhren, after passing Sellin and Baabe. It was in this area that Christopher Isherwood stayed. The Strand Hotel in Baabe is mentioned in the Rügen part in Goodbye to Berlin. You can rent the traditional little beach hut for a day (8 euro) or a week (48 euro), just like back then I suppose. It was too early and too cold for beach life now though – we just enjoyed a stroll.
After Göhren we went to Sassnitz, which had a rocky beach and is famous for its harbour – I think I’ve arrived there several times with the ferry from Trelleborg.
And after the city of Sassnitz, we continued further up north into the national park Jasmund, where we parked quite far away from the sea and then walked several kilometers to the famous cliff Königsstuhl.
After an adventurous day, we left Rügen and found a hotel in Stralsund, and a restaurant next door which still served food despite it was past eleven in the evening.
Next day: Sightseeing in Stralsund and then back to Berlin.