Germany's largest island, situated in the Baltic Sea northeast of the mainland, Rügen is one of the most popular travel destinations in the country. There is plenty to do here and exploring the plentiful pleasures of the coast are foremost on many itineraries.
The beaches are packed during the summer and there are a number of resorts that cater to the comfort and cocktail crowd (Binz and Sellin - worth noting so as to avoid the ritzy accommodations), but the adventure-set will get their kicks surfing and wind-surfing at Sassnitz, Dranske, and Wiek. The stupendous chalk cliffs of Jasmund are also quite appealing for anyone with a pair of hiking shoes. Then again, why not mix a day at the beach with cultural intrigue? Built in 1930's by the Nazis as a destination that could accommodate 20,000 workers, the abandoned resort of Prora is both massive and haunting, although it may start bringing in more modern tourism with the youth hostel that now functions on-site.
The coast isn't all that there is to offer travelers though, as the inland provides forest climbing, hot air balloon rides, and plenty of cycling paths. Then again, there are wrecks off the coast worth exploring as well if you've got the inclination to dive (translate the included German-language dive operator). Check out our included resources for more information on the myriad activities Rügen has to offer.